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Can Dogs Eat Cherries?

Dogs and cherries may seem like an unlikely combination, but many dog owners may wonder if their furry friends can safely consume this fruit.

The short answer is "No", dogs should not eat cherries. Although dogs can technically eat cherries, there are some important considerations to remember.

Published: March 20, 2023.

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Why Are Cherries Unhealthy To Dogs?

Cherries taste sweet and with a specific smell and fragrance, no wonder that they can attract dogs.

However, it is important to note that cherry stem, leaves, and pit contain small amounts of cyanide, which can be toxic to dogs.

Fortunately, the amount of cyanide found in cherries is usually low enough to be harmful to dogs as long as they are consumed in moderation.

Since the pit, stem, and leaves of the cherry tree contain the most cyanide, it is important to remove these parts before feeding cherries to your dog.

If the dog accidentally eats a few whole cherries, a few cherry pits will not poison the dog, but they may cause blockages and digestive issues, especially in smaller dogs.

Note: when feeding the dogs foods other than their own, remember that the total dog calories should consist of at least 90% dog food and at most 10% treats.

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It is also important to note that cherries can cause stomach upset in some dogs, particularly those with sensitive stomachs.

If you are going to feed your dog cherries, it is best to start with a small amount and see how they react before giving them more. If you notice any signs of stomach upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, discontinue feeding your dog cherries and consult with your veterinarian.

Another thing to consider is the sugar content in cherries. Many dogs cannot process sugar well, and excessive sugar intake can lead to bloating and diarrhea and obesity, diabetes, and other health issues.

So, it is best to limit the number of cherries you give your dog, or even better, avoid giving them cherries altogether.

Note: processed cherries usually have even more sugar, and as such, should not be given to the dogs, not even with pits removed.

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In addition, dogs with certain health conditions should avoid cherries altogether. For example, dogs with kidney or liver disease should not consume cherries as they contain high oxalate levels, which can harm dogs with these conditions.

Also, dogs that are prone to bladder stones should avoid cherries because of the same reason.

While dogs can technically eat cherries, it is important to consider the potential health risks and to always consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods to your dog's diet.

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It is always best to avoid giving your dog cherries, especially if they have any health concerns.

If you are unsure whether or not your dog can safely consume cherries, it is best to consult with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action.

So, having cherries in the backyard garden can provide healthy fruits to people, but pets, in this case, dogs, should be prevented from getting near the cherry trees - they are smart, opportunistic animals that will try to find a way how to steel them...

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