Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you brought home some exotic fruits for your family and just when you are eating the fruits your dog comes over with its puppy eyes and you are not sure what to do?
Well, I have and believe me it is one of the most difficult conundrums to get yourself into. The best way to avoid such situations is to educate yourself regarding the chemistry of your dog and its diet.
So, can you feed your dog Rambutan? Although ASPCA does not have much information on the matter, many people have given their dogs Rambutan without facing any issues. However, make sure not to let your dog ingest its seed as it can get stuck and cause problems.
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Can dogs eat Rambutan?
What is Rambutan?
Before answering this question in detail, let us first establish what Rmabutan actually is.
Found in Malaysia and other tropical regions of Southeast Asia, the Rambutan is a delicious, red-colored exotic fruit. The name comes from a Malay word “Hair” because of the fact that it is the size of a golf ball and has a hard shell with hair-like tentacles coming out of it.
Rambutan is similar to the lychee in many ways; for example, they both have almost the same taste with Rambutan having a creamier taste than lychee. And just like lychee, inside the hard shell is a white juicy part that you eat.
Moreover, both of these fruits have a hard seed at their center.
Should I let my dog eat Rambutan?
Rambutan is an exotic fruit. So, there’s not much information on whether it is safe for dogs or not. Even the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) does not prove helpful in the matter.
However, many people have fed their dogs with Rambutan and have not faced any problems. But, to get a clearer understanding, we much understand the nutritional chemistry of the fruit.
Nutrients found in Rambutan:
Fiber: Rambutan is high in fiber. So, if your dog is facing digestive problems, Rambutan might help.
Antioxidants: Antioxidants found in Rambutan help avoid the development of cancer.
Vitamin C: Feeding your dog Rambutan will help strengthen its immune system because it is rich in vitamin C.
Phosphorous: The presence of phosphorous ensures strong bones and teeth.
Moreover, Rambutan is a natural antibiotic. It helps fight against infections and bacteria in the body. Especially, when it comes to intestinal parasites, Rambutan is a great remedy.
How to feed my dog Rambutan?
When feeding your dog Rambutan, take heed to the following points:
Every dog is unique. So, if a certain dog is eating Rambutan without any problems does not mean it is not harmful to your dog.
Many dogs are allergic to certain kinds of fruit while others have special digestive problems.
Therefore, before feeding your dog Rambutan, or any other exotic food, consult your vet to make sure it is safe for your adorable partner.
First of all, it should be noted that Rambutan, or any other fruit for that matter, should be given to your dog in moderation. When speaking of Rambutan, giving an excess of it to your dog could cause elevated blood sugar levels because of its sweetness.
Moreover, dogs that have a diet that is rich in sugar tend to gain weight. In extreme cases, such a diet could lead to diabetes.
Avoid the seeds
You only want to give your dog the flesh of the fruit. To do that, cut the flesh out of its shell and separate the seed.
While the actual flesh of the Rambutan is good for your dog (in moderation), its seed can pose serious health concerns.
If your dog swallows the Rambutan seed, it can cause choking or intestinal blockage. This might not be the case if you have a big dog. Because the seed might pass through its digestive system without causing any problems.
Intestinal blockage is a serious issue in dogs. In extreme cases, your dog might even require surgery.
Rambutan and many other fruits have seeds that contain cyanide. So, these seeds are quite poisonous. If your dog eats the seed, there’s a huge possibility that it will also chew the seed. This will cause the juices of the seed to enter the dog’s system which can be extremely dangerous.
What to do if your dog eats the Rambutan seed?
If you found out your dog ate a Rambutan seed, here’s what you need to do:
Notice any odd symptoms that might hint towards an intestinal obstruction. These could include:
- Signs of abdominal pain
Sometimes, the seed passes through the digestive tract without causing any obstruction. But that does not mean the problem is resolved. The juices inside the seed might have entered your dog’s system.
If the juices of the seed have entered your dog’s system, you might witness the following:
- Dilated pupils
- Skin irritation
- Excessive panting
- Breathing problems
Take it to the vet
In case such symptoms occur, you should hurry to the nearest vet and get your dog fully examined.
In case of an obstruction, surgery might be required.
However, if you do not witness any sings, you’d still want to have your dog checked just in case.
Are avocados good for dogs?
Avocados are bad for dogs and should, under no circumstance, be given to dogs. Persin, a fungicidal toxin, is found in avocados. This toxin is not only dangerous for your dog but, in extreme cases, can also prove to be fatal.
If a dog does ingest an avocado, it can cause oxygen deprivation that is quite painful for the dog. Such a condition can also lead to pancreatitis and eventual death.
The experts are still trying to figure out if the actual avocado meat and oils are poisonous or not. So, it is best to avoid feeding your dog any part of the avocado at all to avoid any health concerns.
Can dogs eat certain fruits and vegetables?
There are some fruits and veggies that can cause health problems for your dog. But, at the same time, there are also certain fruits and vegetables that, if given in moderation, are quite healthy for your dog.
Cantaloupe: Contains vitamins that improve your dog’s eyesight and reduce the risk of cancer.
Green Beans: Green beans contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, calcium, copper, and other nutrients that keep your dog healthy.
Apples: Not only is it adorable to see your pup eat an apple it is also quite beneficial. Apples contain antioxidants and are rich in vitamin C, making them a great addition to your dog’s diet.
What human foods shouldn’t be fed to dogs?
According to ASPCA, following are some of the common human foods that you should never feed your dog:
Diary: Dogs and other pets, do not produce enough lactase. Therefore, they cannot digest milk and other dairy products.
Nuts: All nuts contain oils and fat that can cause digestive problems such as diarrhea in dogs.
Bones: It might seem odd to include bones in this list. However, the truth is that unlike wild dogs, pet dogs have sensitive stomachs that can be injured by bone splinters.
Chocolate/Caffeine: Methylxanthines are substances common in chocolate, coffee, caffeine, etc. These substances are dangerous for your dog as they can cause panting, vomiting and other digestive problems.
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