Can dogs eat peaches as a tasty treat or are they best avoided?
Are peaches even safe for dogs to eat?
Are they a juicy, healthy snack for canines? Or is it better to avoid them all together?
When it comes to feeding your pooch, sometimes it can get confusing. There are just so many different treats and products out there. Figuring out what is safe for a canine to consume can be complicated!
What about peaches, specifically? Are peaches ok for dogs to consume? Are they healthy or unsafe? How might they fit into a dog’s diet?
We understand the confusion that can develop when trying to figure out what your furry friend can eat.
We’ll explore exactly what peaches contain and look at what man’s best friend should be eating. Then, we’ll put this information together to figure out if peaches are a good treat choice for your pup or not.
Contents of Peaches
Peaches, like most fruits, are mostly made up of carbohydrates. Specifically, peaches contain about 87% carbohydrates, 5% fats, and 8% proteins.
Peaches are also a very good source of vitamin C, which works as an antioxidant. It also contains a decent amount of vitamin A, niacin, and potassium.
Peaches are also quite low in calories. This makes them a great source of vitamins without while maintaining a low calorie count.
What Do Dogs Eat?
Despite some misconceptions, dogs are not actually omnivores.
In fact, one study published in 2013 looked at the dietary preference of dogs. It was discovered that domestic dogs have a macronutrient preference for a diet that has a Protein/Fat/Carb ratio of 30:63:7.
In other words, when dogs are given control over their diet, they chose to eat mostly fats and protein.
Most animals, when given complete control of their food choices, consume an appropriate amount of nutrients for their species. Because of this, this study is a very good source for what a dog should eat.
However, another study found that over a prolonged period of time, dogs lessened the amount of fats they consumed and increased the amount of protein.
It has been theorized that this change in diet is due to a dog’s “feast or famine” mindset. Basically, dogs will eat fats to store up energy in preparation for periods without food. When this period doesn’t arrive, however, they switch to a diet higher in protein.
So, can dogs eat peaches as a part of this diet?
Can Dogs Eat Peaches?
As you can see, a peaches macronutrient content doesn’t really match up with a dog’s natural diet. Peaches are almost completely made up of carbohydrates, like most fruits. However, dogs naturally eat very little carbohydrates in their diet.
Instead, they tend to eat mostly fats and protein.
This means that peaches are not appropriate for use as a large part of your dog’s diet. They should not be fed regularly.
However, this does not mean that peaches can’t be used as an occasional treat.
Can Dogs Eat Peaches Safely?
For the most part, peaches are safe for canines to eat. The flesh of the peach is not toxic, and is okay for your pooch to consume.
However, the pit or core of a peach IS toxic and is never safe for your pooch. Dogs, of course, do not know this and won’t know to spit the pit out.
Due to this, it is extremely important to never give your pooch the whole peach.
In other words, dogs can eat the parts of the peach that humans generally eat. However, they cannot eat the hard core part due to its toxicity.
If your pooch snatches a piece of peach off of your plate, they’ll be completely okay. If they manage to sneak off with a whole peach and end up swallowing a pit, it is important to call your vet as soon as possible.
The pit of a peach can obstruct your dog’s airway and contains trace amounts of cyanide, which is toxic. While there probably isn’t enough cyanide in a peach to cause lethal outcomes, it is still very important to call your vet.
Are Peaches Good for Dogs?
So, technically, peaches are safe for dogs to eat. But are they GOOD for dogs to eat?
Peaches do contain vitamin C, which works as an antioxidant.
Antioxidants prevent the wear-and-tear process that takes place in a dog’s body every day.
Simply put, the everyday chemical reactions that take place in a living thing’s body sometimes create molecules called free-radicals. These free-radicals bump around through the body and cause damage to other cells.
Antioxidants slow down this process and can clean up the free-radicals that already exist in the body.
Antioxidants have been shown to be useful in human health, and are actually necessary for proper bodily function.
It can be assumed that dogs need antioxidants in a similar manner.
In this way, peaches can be a healthy, occasional treat for your pup.
Can Dogs Eat Peaches In Treats?
Yes, there are peach dog treats are out there!
In fact, there are actually a number of dog treat recipes that use peaches.
This recipe is actually one of my dogs’ favorites. It is extremely simple and only contains three ingredients. However, it is somewhat time consuming. After all, you do have to pit, slice, and peel all the peaches you’re going to use.
If you have big dogs and decide to make a larger batch, you could be peeling and slicing peaches for a while. But if you have the time, these really do make great treats.
This is another very good recipe that my dogs also love. However, one of my furry pets is allergic to oatmeal, and therefore I have not made this recipe for a while.
If your dog loves oatmeal, though, you might want to give this recipe a try. It does contain a lot more ingredients than the last, and might actually take a bit more time depending on what peaches you use. But it still might be worth a try whenever you have the time!
Can Dogs Eat Peaches?
Peaches aren’t an appropriate substitute for a dog’s normal diet. They do not provide all the nutrients a dog needs, nor do they contain the correct balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
However, peaches do make for an affordable, healthy alternative to commercial dog treats and are completely okay to occasionally give your furry friend as a treat.
Still, it is important to remember that the pit of a peach is mildly toxic. You should always remove the pit before offering the peach to your pet. If your pet accidentally consumes the pit, it is important to call your vet as soon as possible.
Does your dog like peaches? How do you prepare them for your pooch? Let us know in the comment section below!
References and Further Reading
- “Peaches, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories.” SELF Nutrition Data.
- Hewson-Hughes, Adrian. “Geometric analysis of macronutrient selection in breeds of the domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris.” Behavioral Ecology. 2013.
- Roberts. “Macronutrient intake of dogs, self-selecting diets varying in composition offered ad libitum.” Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. 2017.
- Lobo. “Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health.” Pharmacognosy Review. 2010.