If you are a dog parent, I’m sure at some times the question has popped up.
Luckily, the answer is yes. You can feed your dog dates but only if done the proper way. Like many other fruits, you should try to give your dog only small amounts at a time. Considering they are rich in nutrients, just a few would be enough. Other than being loaded with sugar, you shouldn’t have any other concerns.
However, some potential dangers still exist, but the benefits outnumber the possible negative effects. Most important to keep in mind, before giving anything to your dog, you should always consult with a vet.
What are the benefits?
Dates are loaded with various vitamins and minerals. Even though dogs cannot benefit from every nutrient that dates consist of, they still provide a rich nutritional snack.
For example, fiber content is good for digestion, especially if your dog suffers from constipation. Also, vitamins from dates can improve heart and eye health and can prevent arthritis in dogs.
Above said, all sounds great, but you should be cautious in the amounts you give your dog, considering the large amounts of sugar they pack. If your dog is diabetic, you shouldn’t even think of giving dates to your dog.
What is the proper way to feed dates to your dog?
The most important thing to keep in mind when giving dates to your dog is to remove the seeds. They are not toxic but can cause choking and some problems to the intestines when digesting.
As previously mentioned, the point for main concern is the sugar content. Eating too much can cause diarrhea, indigestion, bad teeth, and dis-balance in your dog’s diet. Also, allergies are always possible from eating too much.