Fruits are life for me. As a pet owner, I frequently share my strawberries and blueberries with my dog. Just recently, I came across this fruit which at first wasn’t a very pleasant fruit to me but then I just fell in love with its texture and taste. I’m talking about the durian fruit. The moment I took a bite, my pup begged me to share my fruit with her. I gave her a bit but then I started asking other people, vet, and the internet.
Can dogs really have durian fruit without any health hazards?
Here’s the summary:
Yes, dogs can have durian fruit. But in very small quantities, two to three bites after every week. Durian is high in fats and calories so avoid it if your dog is prone to obesity. Durian fruit is NOT toxic to dogs but it’s seeds, outer skin, and stem are poison for them.
What is Durian Fruit?
If you have ever been to Asia or Australia, I bet you know about Durian fruit.
Durian fruit is grown in Southeast Asia. It is particularly popular in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia.
Durian fruit is famous for its rich and creamy texture. It is often referred to as “the king of fruits” in Asia.
The durian fruit is hard and spiky from the outside. When you cut open it, you find its meat with seeds. You’ve to separate the seeds and scoop out the flesh.
The odor of durian is highly repelling. To some, it smells like a poop (don’t be offensive) but to some its smell is rich and the taste is sweet. It all depends upon whether you’re used to having durian or not.
Want to know how much nutritious durian is? Durian has lots of fats and calories in it. So, it’s good for those who want to gain weight. Further, during has a range of vitamins like niacin, folic acid, Vitamin B, and minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium.
Can dogs eat Durian? (Video)
Now if you’re fond of durian fruit and you’re a loving owner then you must want to share your fruit with your dog.
Can dogs eat Durian?
But if you’re loving and responsible owner as well then first do your research before giving any new food or fruit to your puppy.
Yes, dogs can have durian fruit. It isn’t toxic or unhealthy for them as long as:
- They like it.
- The quantity is very less.
- You are just feeding the soft flesh to your dog.
Some dogs start barking when they find durian nearby or after eating it. Don’t fret, it’s because of that smell. If your dog likes it, you can surely give it as a treat occasionally. But lookout for the symptoms that indicate your dog’s digestive system isn’t responding well to durian.
How to feed durian fruit to your dog?
Just like you eat it. Cut open the durian and remove all the seeds very carefully. Then scoop out the soft fruit a differ two to three bites to your dog as a treat.
Be careful not to feed seeds, outer hard part, stem or leaves. All these parts turn out to be poisonous and can even cause death. Seeds contain cyanide that’s a poison.
So, just give that soft and creamy flesh and carefully remove the outer part and all the seeds.
Symptoms to look for in case your dog over ate durian:
Durian fruit is not to be given to your dog as a meal or as a daily fruit. You just have to offer bits of it.
But in case your dog has eaten too much durian then it’s not good for him. You’ve to see for the symptoms and consult the vet if you feel something isn’t right.
The symptoms are:
- Stomach ache.
- Nausea or/and vomiting.
- Lethargy and weakness.
When you feel like your dog isn’t well at all, rush to the vet and follow proper care and medicine routine.
What if your dog has eaten the seeds of durian fruit?
As said, the seeds of many fruits are poison. They contain cyanide in them, a chemical that is highly toxic even in small amounts.
If in case your dog has eaten the seeds (which shouldn’t happen at all in the first place) then rush to the vet.
Symptoms of cyanide poisoning:
If your dog has eaten seeds, outer hard covering, or stem and that also in large quantity then your dog might experience cyanide poisoning that can be fatal.
The symptoms of cyanide poisoning are:
- Dilated pupil and expression of a shock.
- Vomiting and stomach ache.
- Difficulty in breathing.
- Convulsions and even Paralysis.
As a responsible pet parent, you have to make sure this never happens. You keep away all the fruit from your dog and offer him by carefully cutting the fruit and removing the seeds.
Signs your dog loves durian:
Your dog might feel tempted to have durian all the time. That’s because he simply loves it. But obviously you don’t have to feed him in all the meals. Just a few bits after weeks is what they really want.
So, how do you know your dog likes durian fruit? Here are some of the gestures it’ll show for the love of durian:
- It will drool and lick his lips at the sight of durian.
- Your dog eats the fruit quickly and impatiently.
- Your dog begs for it and wants more.
- The ears of your dog straighten when he sees or smells it.
Even if your dog likes durian so much, you don’t have to exceed the limit. Too much durian can have long-lasting effects on your dog’s health. So, while durian isn’t harmful, it’s not as good to offer it daily, even if your dog loves the fruit.
Signs your dog didn’t like durian:
It’s not obvious that dogs like durian. Like we humans, dogs also have individual preferences when it comes to eating. Their taste buds might not be developed to have durian. They might get offended due to its smell.
Whatever the case is, these are the gestures your dog will show when he isn’t fond of durian:
- He won’t eat it, no matter how much you try.
- It smells makes him feel Nausea.
- Even if he eats a bit, he can feel lazy and heavy.
- Your dog wouldn’t eat the food that contains a hint of durian.
If your dog doesn’t like it, you don’t have to force-feed it. Durian is not something that your dog must-have for his proper growth and development. So, if he isn’t a fan of durian, you should also make peace with it.
When durian is unhealthy for your dog?
Durian fruit contains a large amount of fats, calories, vitamins, and minerals.
Some dogs shouldn’t have durian, even if they like it. Let’s see when your dog doesn’t need durian at all:
- When your dog is prone to obesity or is already overweight. Durian will make him more fat and lethargic because of the presence of fats and calories.
- When your dog is allergic to fruits. You’ve to check from your vet whether your dog responds well to fruits.
- When your dog experiences stomach upset every time you feed him durian.
- When your dog isn’t very active and energetic. This is because your dog should take a walk or do some physical activity after having a durian. The fruit is rich and fatty, so it must be digested properly and for that, your dog must move around.
Other fruits that are healthier for dogs:
If your dog doesn’t like durian or durian isn’t fit for him them consider these fruits that are always a healthy treat option for your dog.
Cantaloupe contains vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. So, it’s good to feed your dog some cantaloupe in summers.
Cantaloupe prevents dehydration and provides nourishment that your dog wants.
Apples are high in antioxidants and low in calories. That is why it’s a very healthy snack choice for your dog.
Just remove the seed as they contain cyanide and are poisonous.
Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamins, and fibers. Bananas are also low in calories.
Just peel it off and give it to your dog as a treat.
Raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and blueberries are great treats for your dog.
Berries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They help repair damaged cells and keep your dog healthy.
Mangoes are rich in vitamins and they’re a great summer treat.
Just peel it and remove the pit.
Oranges provide a sufficient amount of water, minerals, and vitamin C to your dog.
But some dogs wouldn’t like the strong citrus smell of oranges and thus wouldn’t eat it.
Peaches contain fiber and vitamins. It is a great source of vitamin C and is good for your dog.
You can feed your dog peers as they contain vitamin K, potassium, and fibers.
Watermelons contain a large amount of water and fibers.
It’s good to offer your dog some watermelon in hot summers to avoid dehydration.
So, the fruits that are rich in minerals and vitamins and are juicy are go-to treats for your dog. But the fruits that are high in calories aren’t fit for your dog. Some of the fruits that shouldn’t be given to a dog are discussed below.
Fruits that are unhealthy for dogs:
Now that you know about durian fruit and other fruits that your dog can have. Let’s have a look at the fruits that are really not suitable and unhealthy for your pup.
Grapes are not at all good for dogs if any breed. They are proved to be toxic for dogs and can cause sudden kidney failure.
So, hide your grapes in a safe place that’s out of reach for your dog.
Cherries are also poisonous for a dog. Only the fleshy part around seeds is OK. But don’t take any risks.
The cherry plant contains cyanide and eating cherries can cause cyanide poisoning right away.
If your dog eats cherries and you see him trembling and gasping with shock on its face then rush to the vet.
Avocado is another fruit that can poison your dog. Avocado plants contain persin– a chemical that causes vomiting, Nausea, and Diarrhea.
The fleshy part contains very little persin but why to take any risks?
The green part of the tomato contains a chemical called solanine that is poisonous for dogs.
While the red, ripened fruit contains very less solanine and dogs require a lot of tomato intake to get sick but you should avoid it.
So, there are many fruits that are suitable for you but not for your dog. That’s why you should be mindful and do your research before feeding any fruit to your dog. We’ve done it for you, just follow this and your dog would be all fine.
The Bottom Line
If you want to feed fruits to your dog then as a responsible pet parent you should know about the pros and cons of feeding that fruit to your dog.
One of the fruits that you might want to feed your dog but wonder if it’s good for them is the durian fruit. Yes, dogs can have durian fruit but in very little quantity and occasionally. Durian fruit is high in fats and calories so don’t feed it to a dog who’s obese or prone to obesity.
Eating too much durian fruit can be harmful to your dog.
Durian has hard and spiky skin with creamy and soft flesh. You have to remove outer skin and seeds very carefully. Feed only the soft part of your dog. Seeds can poison your dog with cyanide.
Durian is safe as long as your dog doesn’t show any negative signs. So, now you can add another snack option to your dog’s meal.