Mango is another fruit that many dogs enjoy. It’s also quite nutritious. There are some hazards to avoid with mangoes but if you take a few sensible precautions, there is no reason not to feed your dog mango.
Is mango good for your dog?
Mango does offer some nutritional benefits to dogs. It has 3 percent protein, 3 percent fat, and 94 percent carbohydrates. It’s a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin B6, as well as vitamin A and vitamin C.
Mango is sweet so most dogs like it. When it’s ripe the fruit is soft so it’s easy for your dog to eat it.
Precautions when giving mango to your dog
When giving your dog mango, be sure to peel the fruit and remove the pit. Your dog could technically eat the skin of the mango but it’s hard to digest.
The mango pit is a dangerous choking hazard so it must be removed. Don’t let your dog chew on it or try to swallow it. The pit of the mango also contains small amounts of cyanide which you don’t want your dog to eat.
If your dog does eat the mango pit, it could pass through his digestive system without harm but if you notice any problems, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Even when you peel the mango and give your dog some of the soft fruit, we recommend that you cut the fruit into small pieces so there is no danger of your dog choking.
How to give your dog mango
Since mango is a soft fruit when it’s ripe, we suggest that you give your dog 2-3 slices or spoons of the fruit in his bowl.
You can also mix some of the mango in with your dog’s regular dog food.
You can mix mango with yogurt for a delicious, cool smoothy for your dog. Pour the mango smoothy into ice cube trays and freeze for some wonderful cool treats for your dog to lick later.
You can also use mango in place of pumpkin, banana, or other soft fruit in dog cookie recipes.
Try this recipe which originally called for applesauce. We have replaced the applesauce with mango.
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup diced soft mango
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.
- Scoop mixture onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
- Bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool before serving.
Most dogs that like fruit enjoy mango. When it’s ripe it’s sweet and soft. It’s also a good source of nutrients for your dog. There are many good ways to give your dog mango. Be sure to peel the mango and remove the large seed/pit inside to prevent choking.