Can Dogs Eat Pitaya? (Dragon Fruit)

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

Imagine eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It sounds horrible and boring, right? If we can’t eat the same thing over and over again, then why do we feed our pets the same thing as meals three times a day?

Sure, we can change their food brand and make them home-cooked food once a while, but do we have other options?

For example, can you feed your pet dog exotic fruits like pitaya? Is it any good for them? Is it even allowed? What will happen if you feed your pet dog pitaya?

Commonly known as dragon fruit, pitaya is something that your pet dog can eat, as it is non-toxic for it. Fruits like pitaya are not a part of a dog’s diet, but you can occasionally feed it to it in the form of a treat. Just because your pet dog doesn’t need pitaya, doesn’t mean you can’t feed it to it.

Pet Dog And Dragon Fruit

The name “pitaya” comes from Mexico and is more commonly known as Dragon Fruit. Dragon fruit is red with green leaves all over it.

When you cut open a dragon fruit, a white fleshy like substance comes out that is filled with seeds. This is the part that is to be eaten. Although the color and the taste of this fruit may vary from place to place as the conditions under which it is grown are different all over the world.

Dragon fruit tastes sweet and sometimes sour. Giving your pet dog dragon fruit is completely safe and healthy as well. This fruit is known for its low-calorie count and high nutritional value.

Dragon fruit is a water body, feeding it to your pet dog will not only keep it hydrated but will prove to keep its skin and coat clear as well.

Vitamins, Iron, Fiber, and prebiotics found in abundance in dragon fruit are all the very reasons to give it to your fluff ball.

Fiber is something that will solve your pet dog’s stomach issues because fiber absorbs all the toxic or bulk waste in the stomach, and helps it pass through.

In short, feeding your pet dog dragon fruit will help your dog in numerous ways.

Such as:

  • Keeping skin and fur healthy and moisturized
  • The digestive system in check
  • A tasty and healthy substitute for a treat

What other reasons could one possibly need?

How to Serve Dragon Fruit to Your Pet Dog?

So, now that we have established it is completely safe and non-toxic to serve your pet dragon fruit, the next big and important question arises. How to serve your pet dog dragon fruit?

Do you just cut it into pieces or remove the hard skin and hold it for your dog to eat?

Don’t get confused, it’s easy to figure this out. There are many ways you can serve this fruit to your pet dog which I will explain below in detail. Just look at what works best for you and saves you time and go with it.

Ways to Feed your Pet Dog Pitaya

1-The old-fashioned cube way

I don’t know about you, but my mom used to give me fruit by cutting them into cube shapes. I don’t know what the science or psyche behind it is, but fruit cut into cube pieces looks very appealing to eat.

Because it is a mess-free and sophisticated way to feed your pet dog pitaya, my vote is with this one.

2- Mashed Dragon Fruit

Another way to feed your pet dog pitaya is to take the fruit and mash it like potatoes. Since this fruit is fleshy, it will make a mess, but what if your pet dog ends up liking this way of pitaya than having it in cubes?

3- With or Without Regular Food?

You can also mix some mashed or cube-shaped pitaya in your dog’s regular food bowl to see if it likes it. Since you don’t want to waste all that food, be sure to test it first.

If your dog likes it, then feel free to give it with its regular food.

The key is to identify how your pet dog likes to eat pitaya, it is even possible that it will not like it. In that case, no need to get upset. Remember that you are doing it because you love your pet dog, so it’s best not to force it on it.

Does Your Pet Dog Even Like Pitaya?

We have been talking about how to feed your pet dog pitaya, but does your dog even like pitaya?

You don’t want to put in so much effort to realize in the end that your dog’s taste buds don’t find dragon fruit appealing, and that is fine.

What you can do is; do a small patch test to figure whether your pet dog likes dragon fruit or not before introducing it to its diet.

Here are some signs that can help out:

  • Cut a small piece of Dragon Fruit and place it in front of your pet dog and notice the reactions it gives
  • If your pet dog starts to barf and show its teeth, then that means it doesn’t like pitaya
  • If it wages its tail or tries to gobble down pitaya from your hand, then it means that your pet dog has taken a liking to it
  • Other signs of liking pitaya may include barking enthusiastically, drooling at the sight of it, and raising ears
  • Once you are satisfied that your dog does indeed likes pitaya, then feel free to introduce it in its diet

How Much Pitaya Is Too Much Pitaya?

At this point, you know that pitaya is safe for your pet dog, and your pet dog either likes eating it or it does not. Now, what you have to do is decide what amount of pitaya is too much for your dog?

Can you feed your pet dog dragon fruit every day? Or is it too much? Why can’t you give your pet dog pitaya every day? And, even if you do, why is that harmful?

I am sure, you must have a lot of questions right now. Let’s go through every topic one by one.

The reason why a lot of people generally don’t give their pet dogs fruits is because of its high fiber. Fiber is good for digestion, but too much of anything can be harmful.

Here are a few feeding tips:

  • Feed pitaya once a day only
  • Limit to 1 cube or 1 tablespoon of pitaya per day
  • Limit your pet dog’s water intake if you have accidentally given too much pitaya
  • Don’t make it an everyday routine, make it more of a weekly thing to give your pet dog pitaya

The reason why I ask you to limit the intake of pitaya for your pet dog is that too much pitaya can cause diarrhea, and your pet dog might even get addicted to it.

Also, pitaya is good for keeping your pet dog hydrated, so giving your dog water after it is not a good idea.

Remember, moderation is key.

Nutritional Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Dragon Fruit

I have mentioned a couple of times how feeding your dog dragon fruit will add to its diet nutritional value. So, let’s talk about the nutritional benefits of pitaya.

Your pet dog is getting all the proteins and carbohydrates it needs from daily food that is fed to it. But what about vitamins, minerals, and fiber?

This is why pitaya is important. Because it will provide your pet dog with all the additional nutritional benefits that are probably missing from its daily routine.

Stated below are the nutritional benefits of Dragon Fruit:

  • Vitamin A: According to a study, one serving of pitaya contains 100 IU of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is not only helpful for supporting the immune system but it also makes the skin healthy and smooth. It is good for eyesight and overall sense improvement. Moreover, it will help your pet dog to have healthy bones
  • Vitamin C: It doesn’t come off as a surprise that Vitamin C is present in pitaya because pitaya has natural antioxidant properties. Eat some of it and don’t worry about the digestive system for a long time.
  • Iron: Your pet dog may not become Popeye the sailor man after having a taste of this yum fruit, but it will certainly be more active and focused because the pitaya contains iron.
  • Fiber: Say goodbye to the stomach and digestive problems, as Pitaya contains around 7 grams of fiber per cup, which is perfect for your pet dog. According to some sources, 5% fiber per day is enough for your pet dog.

Apart from nutrients, if you have a pet dog that is diabetic but loves sweet treats, then some amount of pitaya once in a while is a perfect choice.

How to Make a Fun Meal for Your Dog Using Dragon Fruit?

Want to do something for your pet dog to show how much you love it?

What better way than to serve a home-cooked meal with the perfect ingredients?

And what if you can add your dog’s favorite treat in it? Yes, you can make a meal for your dog using a pitaya. You can modify the recipe to add your ingredients or things you usually use while making your pet dog food at home.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Mashed chicken pieces or mashed beef
  • 1 thinly sliced carrot
  • 2 spoonful’s of pitaya

Directions

  • Pour the 2 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and add the mashed chicken or beef. Keep the flame at low, and cook the chicken until it is roasted
  • Add carrots and pitaya in the pan when the chicken is cooked
  • Stir for a few minutes until all the ingredients are mixed and carrots are roasted, and you are done

You can modify the amount of chicken or any other meat source that you wish to use according to your liking. If you have used a lot of chicken, then put the food in the freezer to preserve it.

What Your Pet Dog Needs To Eat To Stay Healthy?

I have told you about the benefits of feeding your pet dog Dragon Fruit and why is it good for your pet dog but; is pitaya necessary for your pet dog?

The answer is no. Even if you don’t feed your precious little woof pitaya, it is going to be fine.

What you need to understand is that a dog’s digestive system differs from that of humans. This is why even if they don’t eat certain things, they are going to be fine.

But some things should always be present in your dog’s food.

Your pet dog’s daily dietary routine is incomplete without the following:

  • Proteins: Because your pet dog is an omnivore, it needs protein. According to a study, dogs need amino acids that come from proteins. They are so important that you should always go for the food that has high protein for your pet dog
  • Fats: Fats are important for your pet dog’s daily food because fats keep their skin healthy. Fats are the energy source that your pet dog needs.
  • Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates don’t make your pet dog fat. Instead, they provide energy to your pet dog and help them indigestion. Not only this, but it also develops its immune system.

What Fruits Not to Feed Your Pet Dog?

Just because you can feed your pet dog Dragon Fruit, doesn’t mean you should start feeding your pet dog fruits all the time.

Why? Because that will make your pet dog obese and addicted to fruits. Furthermore, a dog’s digestive system is not designed to consume fruits.

Some fruits are toxic and should not be fed to your pet dog under any circumstances.

Here are some fruits that are a total NO for your pet dog.

  • Grapes: According to APPC, grapes are regarded as toxic for dogs. So toxic that it can cause kidney damage. The reason behind this is not exactly known, but common symptoms of grape toxicity include diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Raisins: The study that APPC published also declared that raisins are toxic for dogs. It makes sense because if a grape can cause your dog to be sick, so can raisins.
  • Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits are not toxic for your pet dog. However, fruits such as limes can cause an upset stomach. This is because of the sugar content present in these.
  • Cherries: Some people say that it is safe for dogs to consume cherries, and that is not true. Some parts of cherry contain cyanide that is toxic for your dog.

Vegetables That My Dog Can Eat

Vegetables can make food taste great. But can we feed the same vegetables to our lovely pet dogs? Is it safe for them to eat veggies?

Just like fruits, there are certain do’s and don’ts if you want to feed your pet dog vegetables. Moreover, you can’t give your dog every vegetable to eat.

Certain vegetables are safe to use in your dog’s food.

Some of them include:

  • Kale: Kale is the vegetable that brings life to taste in your dog’s food. It has vitamins and minerals that will boost your pet dog’s energy and smoothen its skin. But don’t feed this to your pet dog cooked. Cooked kale is meant for humans.
  • Pumpkin: One spoon of pumpkin and all of your dog’s digestive issues will come to an end. You can mix it in their food daily to give them an overall better tasting dish. Carrots: Carrots can be fed to your pet dog, either cooked or raw. They are great at helping your dog’s digestive system because of their high-fiber content. Just make sure to cut small pieces of carrot in your dog’s food.
  • Broccoli: Not only broccoli is a great source of vitamin but gives energy as well. You can give your pet dog raw or slightly cooked broccoli, but not too much.

The Seeds That Are In Dragon Fruit

We all know that seeds can be given to dogs occasionally as a treat, but are the seeds from pitaya safe for your pet dog to eat?

Seeds in dragon fruit are different from the usual seeds. These seeds are small and edible. Dragon fruit seeds have omega 3 fatty acids and other oils that are safe to consume by your pet dog.

Moreover, these seeds add little but some significant nutritional value to your pet dog’s diet.

Other Related Questions

Does a sour dragon fruit mean it has gone bad?

No, a sour dragon fruit doesn’t mean that it is rotten. The taste of dragon fruit heavily depends on the place it was cultivated at.  A rotten Dragon Fruit will look black.

Can I feed my pet dog rice?

Yes, you can feed your dog cooked rice with chicken or meat. It is completely safe and healthy for your dog.

Is raw meat good for my dog?

Although it is completely safe to feed your dog raw meat, many people avoid doing so. This is because raw meat contains many types of bacteria that can potentially harm your dog’s system.

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