Can Dogs Eat Mangoes And What Are Mangoes?
Mangoes are a healthy, nutritious and delicious fruit with a high nutritional value. Mangoes have been grown in Southeast Asia and India for over 4,000 years. Although supermarkets tend to sell only one variety there are hundreds, each with its own shape, size, taste and color.
Mango (Mangifera indica) is sometimes called the “king of fruits.” If you have ever tried mango you might well agree – they are delicious!
Studies reveal that the mango not only tastes good but may also do you good. This is because they improve immunity, digestion, eyesight and reduce the risk of contracting some cancers.
One cup (165 grams) of sliced mango provides (Source USDA):
- Calories: 99
- Protein: 1.4 grams
- Carbs: 24.7 grams
- Fat: 0.6 grams
- Dietary fiber: 2.6 grams
- Vitamin C: 67% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
- Copper: 20% of the RDI
- Folate: 18% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 11.6% of the RDI
- Vitamin A: 10% of the RDI
- Vitamin E: 9.7% of the RDI
- Vitamin B5: 6.5% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 6% of the RDI
- Niacin: 7% of the RDI
- Potassium: 6% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 5% of the RDI
- Manganese: 4.5% of the RDI
- Thiamine: 4% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
Can Dogs Eat Mangoes?
The answer is a resounding “YES”. With all those health benefits why couldn’t they eat such a delicious and nutritious treat. And why would you wish to deprive them of such a treat. Dogs after all are the same as their wild forbears wolves in terms of their dietary preferences. How so? Well they are omnivores and NOT as is commonly thought – carnivores!
Mangoes Should Be Given In Moderation And Other Provisos
As with all dog treats, mangoes should be given in moderation. Before giving mango to your pet it’s wise to ask your vet first what would be a healthy amount for your dog.
Never allow your dog access to whole mangoes. The large stone inside is a health hazard because he could easily choke on it or damage his intestines. In addition as with many fruit stones the mango stone contains some cyanide. There may not be enough to kill him but it would certainly not be good for his digestion.
Mangoes also contain a lot of fibre. This is ok in moderation could cause digestive issues if you give your dog mangoes on a regular basis.
Mangoes carry a fair amount of sugar. Too much mango could lead to tooth decay and of course you should always remove the skin too before giving your dog a few small pieces.
Mangoes Are A SuperFood – Summary
- The flesh of Mangoes is good for dogs in moderation.
- Never give your dog or allow your dog access to the skin or stone (pip) of Mangoes
- Antioxidants called Polyphenols
- Folate, vitamins A, C, K and E and B vitamins that boost immunity.
- The antioxidant mangiferin, potassium and magnesium which are good for the heart.
- Digestive enzymes, dietary fibre and other compounds that help digestion.
- Vitamin A, zeaxanthin and lutein, all of which support eye health.
- High amounts of vitamin C which is good for skin health and vitamin A which is good for a dog’s coat.
- Mango polyphenols which may help reduce oxidative stress which is a factor associated with colon, lung, prostate, breast and bone cancers.