Many dog owners would like to offer their dogs variety in their diet by giving them fruit and vegetables. But by no means all fruits are healthy for dogs – some are even really dangerous. What about the exotic mango?
The Most Important Things Summarized
- Mangoes not only taste good to humans, but also to four-legged friends. The exotic fruits are very low in acid and are therefore also suitable for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
- Many healthy ingredients ensure a strong heart, a healthy immune system, and improved blood clotting. However, the high sugar content can also contribute to obesity in your beloved pet.
- Peel the mango and remove the pit before feeding. Both components can be toxic and lead to stomach problems.
Mangoes are Well Tolerated
Mangoes contain little acid and are therefore well tolerated by dogs with sensitive stomachs. Mangoes are said to have positive effects:
- Contribution to a beautiful coat
- improvement in blood clotting
- strengthening the heart
- Strengthening of the immune system
- easy on the stomach and good for digestion
Mangoes contain vitamins C, E, B, and A, so there are generally positive effects on the immune system. The same applies to the important minerals magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
However, the sweetness of the fruit also suggests that there is a lot of sugar in a mango. Therefore, you should only feed the fruit to your dog in moderation.
How to Feed Your Dog Mangoes
The only poisonous thing about a mango may be the skin. This is the case when the milky juice sticks to the peel when you pick it. In addition, many fruits are sprayed with pesticides, so it is always advisable to peel the mango before feeding.
The core is also poisonous, so you should remove it before feeding. The pulp cut into cubes is ideal, which you can simply mix with the normal food. It can also be mixed with other fruits without any problems.
The fruit should be ripe (you can tell by the fact that the skin can be pressed in with a finger), but not overripe. Mangoes then produce fermentation gases, which can lead to stomach problems in dogs.
Since mangoes are very high in sugar, feeding them regularly can definitely promote obesity. It is therefore advisable to only occasionally feed mangoes in small amounts and then to regard them more as a treat in between, rather than as a full meal. Maybe just try using mangoes as an ingredient for homemade dog ice cream or dog biscuits.
If mango is really ripe, it is best to feed it immediately. Otherwise, the fruit will continue to ripen at room temperature, which can be accelerated if you store the mangoes near apples. Much of the flavor is lost in the taste.