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Can Dogs Eat Papaya?

Can Dogs Eat Papaya?

Dog owners commonly ponder about the toxicity of various human foods. When you search for information about the safety or toxicity of avocado to dogs, you get some very mixed results from it being safe to highly toxic. We will answer the question about the safety of avocado in dogs in detail in this article.

The questions about the safety of different foods increased after learning that certain foods were toxic, which lead to a lot of press coverage. The most important toxic foods are chocolate, grapes and raisins, peanut butter, and foods that contain xylitol.

Exposure to the dangers of these foods have encouraged pet owners ask about other human foods such as “Can dogs eat Papaya?” Learn more about what dogs can and can't eat in this article: The Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can't Eat.

Can Dogs Eat Papaya?

Papaya is a tropical fruit grown on a tree originating from South America and Eastern North America. In North America the papaya tree is known as the “papaw” or “pawpaw” tree. The fruit is generally green when picked then skin turns yellow as it ripens. The center contains several black seeds.

Papaya is commonly cut in half and seeds scooped out with a spoon then sliced and served cold or at room temperature. The seeds and skin are not ingested. Papaya is slightly sweet fruit commonly used in pies, juices, salads, and sherbets.

When researching the safety and danger of papaya for dogs, there are a couple considerations.

  • First is the potential for blockage from the seeds and skin. Dogs in tropical areas where trees grow have exposure to the whole fruit can develop gastrointestinal upset and potential blockage. The same is true for dogs that have exposure to the trash and eat the skin or large amounts of seeds.
  • The second is the risk of choking when eating the skin or in whole large pieces of papaya.
  • The third consideration is papaya seeds contain small amounts of cyanide which is toxic. However, these amounts are so small they are not considered to be significant. In fact, papaya seeds are considered to have many health benefits in people.

The answer to the question, can dogs eat papaya… is yes. Dogs can eat papaya and often love the soft texture and enjoy it as a healthy snack. Papaya is a good source of water, fiber, potassium, calcium, folate, and vitamins A, C, E and K. Papaya is also known for the digestive enzymes.

The Dangers of Papaya to Dogs

Ingestion of large amounts of skin or seeds from papaya have the potential to can cause gastrointestinal blockage. A few papaya seeds are not likely to be harmful but it is recommended to cut out the seeds before giving to your dog. Papaya seeds contain small amounts of cyanide. The papaya skin is not very digestible and can cause intestinal blockage.

Although papaya is considered safe, large amounts of fruit are not a natural part of a dog's diet and can cause gastrointestinal upset. What does not bother some dogs may bother another dog. The same can happen in people. Some foods can bother one person but not another.

Do Dogs Need Papaya?

There is nothing in papaya that dogs require. What dogs do need is a high-quality AAFCO approved dog food. Learn more about Nutrition in Dogs.

Can you Feed Dehydrated or Dried Papaya to Dogs?

You can feed dogs small pieces of dehydrated or dried papaya in small amounts. However, this may not agree with dogs and cause gastrointestinal upset in some dogs due to the high sugar content.

The Safest Way to Give Papaya to Dogs

The safest way to give papaya to your dog is to offer small pieces of sliced papaya without the skin or seeds.

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