Are you also enjoying letting your dog learn new flavors and let it have different experiences?
Introducing new tropical and exotic fruit to your dog can be a real adventure and entertaining to watch. Maybe you want to make a new diet for your dog or just give them a new low-calorie snack.
But it’s not common to give your dog(s) dragon fruit and it is also not commonly discussed. So we are getting to know all the ins and outs for you and your dog about the possibilities around eating dragon fruit!
Dragon fruit for dogs: do’s and don’ts
Exotic/ tropical fruit is mostly good for your dog and luckily it’s the same with dragon fruit. Your dog can eat this delicious fruit and we can actually say that dragon fruit is good and healthy for dogs. It is most likely that your dog will find this a sweet and tasty snack and it also has some nutritions. And because dragon fruit is good for your puppy, it also has many health benefits, so you can enjoy this delicious snack together! The only thing that’s important if you are feeding your dog dragon fruit is to remove the colorful, spiky skin to prevent digestive and stomach problems for your dog.
You also want to introduce this dragon fruit in small portions to your dog at first because their stomach isn’t used to it yet and it can upset their stomach. This can cause loose stools and we obviously want to prevent that from happening. Your dog can also dislike dragon fruit because of its texture and soft and mushy texture.
Will your dog like dragon fruit?
As we explained above, you can’t be certain your dog(s) will like dragon fruit beforehand and it’s more of a 50/50 chance they will like it. Dragon fruit is safe to eat for your dog(s) but because of its soft texture, it’s not loved by all dog(s). Most dragon fruit is sweet and most of the time dogs will appreciate something sweet but it is common that your dog needs to become used to the dragon fruit. We expect that you know your dog(s) best and that you will be able to determine if your dog(s) is having a good time eating dragon fruit.
If your dog is a picky eater, you can also mix different fruits with cut-up dragon fruit so that your dog has multiple options and can combine the flavors or freeze it so it will have a crunchy texture. This a good tip for the hot summer days!
Here are some alerts you can look for to see if your dog(s) is enjoying or interested in eating dragon fruit:
- Making noises (whining, raised ears)
- Putting its paws on you when you are holding the dragon fruit
- Staring at the fruit
- Licking his lips
Health benefits from dragon fruit for your dog(s)
As mentioned earlier, dragon fruit has some good health benefits for your dog. Here you will find the most important benefits:
- Vitamin C
Furthermore dragon fruit for your dog(s) has also low calories. So you can give it as a snack to your dog without worrying about his calorie amount for the day, but keep in mind that you give this in small portions. As an example you can give your dog(s) 100 grams / 3.5 ounces of dragon fruit and it will only contain around 60 calories.
Dragon fruit is also high in fiber and will encourage regular bowel movements for your dog(s), but also helps with keeping the blood sugar levels stable and cholesterol level low. And as a reminder don’t overfeed your dog because 100 grams will contain around 1.8 grams of fiber and that’s more than enough for your dog(s).
So to give you a simple answer, yes dragon fruit is good for your dog(s) and yes dragon fruit is also healthy for you and your dog(s). So try it out and let your dog(s) experience some new exotic fruits and variants of the dragon fruit!