Can West Highland White Terriers Eat Pineapple?

Straight up, the answer is yes, you can generally feed pineapple to West Highland White Terriers without having to worry. In fact, pineapple is often a nice treat for West Highland White Terriers and other dogs & pets. While it should never be the primary ingredient in dog food, small amounts of pineapple are not harmful.

This being said, it’s always a good idea to keep a few things in mind if you’re a dog owner. As with any human food product, just because it’s safe for West Highland White Terriers, doesn’t mean it’s not going to make your dog feel sick. Let’s take a closer look at some additional information about West Highland White Terriers and pineapple.

Health Benefits of Pineapple for West Highland White Terriers

So, here’s the question. Is pineapple good for West Highland White Terriers? Well, aside from its sweet, tangy taste, pineapple (be it fresh pineapple or canned pineapple) has many health benefits, which include:

  • Bromelain – an enzyme that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain is also thought to be a natural histamine and can help with skin problems. It’s also used to treat coprophagia or the bad habit of eating poop.
  • Minerals – raw pineapple contains potassium, folate, magnesium, manganese, thiamin, calcium, niacin, riboflavin, and more that are all beneficial for healthy tissues, skin, and strong ligaments for your dog’s body.
  • Vitamin B6 – this one is a vital co-enzyme for body and brain functions supporting neurotransmitters, regulating fluid balance, hormones, and building proteins for a West Highland White Terriers’ health.
  • Vitamin C – acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and boosts your dog’s immune system.
  • Antioxidants – antioxidants help repair damaged cells.
  • Hydration – pineapples are 82% water, which is perfect if your pooch is suffering from constipation and possible dehydration due to a hot summer day.

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Can West Highland White Terriers Eat Dried Pineapple?

If you want to feed your dog dried pineapple, you need to ensure there aren’t any additives (especially added sugar) or additional products included with the dried pineapple. This is especially important if you are sourcing dried pineapple from a third party source.

If the dried pineapple is plain, there won’t be any significant differences from traditional pineapple. This fruit can be a sweet treat if it’s given in moderation.

Can West Highland White Terriers Eat Pineapple Core?

It can be difficult to eat through the core of a pineapple. While West Highland White Terriers typically like bones and other hard food products, pineapple cores can be particularly dangerous. A pineapple core should not be given to your dog.

The primary reason that pineapple cores are so dangerous is their ability to cause blockage. The core can damage your dog’s digestive system and has high choking hazard. Some breeds might have difficulty digesting a core of pineapple.

If you decide to feed pineapple to your dog, it’s best to stick to the soft pineapple chunks.

Can West Highland White Terriers Eat Pineapple Skin?

Unfortunately, West Highland White Terriers cannot eat pineapple skin. The tough, sharp surface of pineapple skin can cause a variety of different problems for your dog. It might end up causing obstructions, or it could damage your dog’s esophagus, stomach, or digestive tract.

As with pineapple cores, it’s best to avoid feeding your dog pineapple skin. You should always peel the pineapple before you feed it to your dog. The fruit component of the parts of the pineapple is the only safe part for your dog to eat.

Can West Highland White Terriers Drink Pineapple Juice?

Yes, you can. But to be safe, only in small amounts. Keep in mind that pineapple juice contains higher concentrations of sugar compared to raw pineapple, and excessive sugar is not good for West Highland White Terriers at all.

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Don’t Mix Your Pineapple with Other Food

If you’re going to feed new food to your dog, you need to consider all of it on an individual basis. By combining foods, you might be putting your dog at risk. If you’re going to feed your dog multiple types of human food at the same time, make sure to research each food individually.

Many pet owners make the error of feeding their pets food with seasonings or additives. This can lead to serious consequences. Always give your dog food that’s plain and without cross-contamination.

Don’t Feed Your Dog Too Much Pineapple

Many dog owners make the mistake of overfeeding their West Highland White Terriers. While your pet might appear to be capable of eating all day, this doesn’t mean that it should. Always temper the amount of human food that you offer your dog. It should only make up a small component of its overall diet.

Do Pineapples Have High Sugar Content?

Fresh fruits that contain high natural sugar can contribute to raising blood sugar levels and particularly obesity. Pineapples have a 10% sugar count, thus if your pooch has any health issues like obesity or diabetes, consuming large amounts of pineapples can negatively impact your dog.

Watch out for signs that your dog may become upset if you give him a treat. These can all happen when your furry friends consume something new. If you spot any of these symptoms in your pooch after consuming pineapple, stop giving it and consult your pet’s vet. In general, it is important to give your dog a small amount of healthy treats (e.g. watermelon, celery, and pineapple) when you introduce them to your pet. You should only give your dog small amounts.

Should I Check on My Dog After Feeding It Pineapple?

Yes. Yes. It may become sick or develop diarrhea if it is suddenly ill.

Your dog’s behavior is a crucial indicator of whether the food agrees with its stomach or not. For this reason, always keep an eye on changed behavior, especially after your dog eats new food. Just because a type of food is safe for most West Highland White Terriers to eat, doesn’t mean that it will agree with your dog’s stomach.

Check with Your Vet to Build a Well-Balanced Diet

It’s easy to get carried away when you start offering human food to your dog, but it’s important to remember that West Highland White Terriers aren’t humans: they have their own dietary requirements and needs. For this reason, it’s essential to speak with your vet if you decide to change your dog’s diet.

A reliable vet can help you devise a well-balanced diet that ensures your dog receives the nutrition it requires to stay healthy. There’s a reason so many vets recommend commercial food products: They typically contain the nutrients that your pet needs.

 

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Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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