Kiwi which is also known as kiwifruit or Chinese gooseberry is very popular around the world but the fruit is believed to be native to China and other parts of Asia. The kiwifruit is a nutrient-dense food which has a lot of health benefits for humans but very little is still known about its nutritional value to dogs.
This guide answers one popular question that pet owners have about the fruit; can dogs eat kiwi?
I am going to break down everything that you need to know about the potential risks and health benefits of feeding kiwi to dogs.
Let’s dive in
|Can Dogs Eat:||Yes (in moderation)|
|Main Benefits:||A good source of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system of your dog.|
Can Dogs Eat Kiwi Fruit?
Yes. Kiwi is safe for dogs to eat as a treat in moderation. Kiwi is a nutrient-dense fruit but it is not recommended for daily feeding or as the main source of nutrient for our canine friends. Dogs eat kiwi as a treat or supplementary feeding.
Pet owners should only feed their dogs the pulp of a kiwi. The skin and seeds of the fruit must be removed before serving due to the potential digestive problems they are known to cause to many dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Kiwi Skin?
Dogs can eat kiwi skin but experts recommend pet owners to remove the skin before feeding some kiwi to their dogs. This is because kiwi skin can actually cause some digestive problems for many dogs if the skin is ingested in large amounts. It is much safer to avoid feeding your dog some kiwi skin.
Can Dogs Eat Kiwi Seeds?
Kiwi seeds are really not safe for dogs to eat. I generally don’t recommend anyone to feed dogs any type of seeds because they are difficult to fully digest and poses risks of an upset stomach and impaction. It is much safer to avoid feeding your dog any kiwi seeds.
Can Dogs Eat Kiwi Berries?
Yes. Dogs can eat kiwi berries. The hardy kiwi fruit is an excellent source of essential nutrients that can offer a lot of health benefits to dogs when served in small amounts. Although kiwi berries are safe for dogs to eat, pet owners are encouraged to feed the fruit as a treat rather than a substitute of the normally recommended dog food.
How Much Kiwi Can Dogs Eat?
Animal nutritionists and veterinarians recommend that pet owners feed their dogs some kiwi as a treat instead of making the fruit a main source of nutrients. Treats like kiwi should not exceed 10% of a dog’s daily food intake so that means that our canine friends should eat a small amount of the fruit.
The best amount of kiwi fruit to feed your dog will largely depend on their weight and recommended daily food intake. One kiwifruit has about 42 calories so here are some approximations of the best amount of kiwi to feed a dog depending on their weight and recommended daily food intake:
|Dog Weight||Recommended Daily Food Intake||Amount Of Kiwifruit Per Feeding Session|
|Up To 25 lbs||325 to 400 calories||1|
|26 – 75 lbs||900 to 1050 calories||2.5|
|75+ lbs||1100 to 1350 calories||3|
It is obviously not a good idea to feed your dog some kiwifruit everyday but you can use the estimations above to determine the best amount of kiwifruit that is safe for your dog’s weight per each feeding session.
How To Prepare Kiwi For Dogs
- Wash and rinse the kiwi to remove any dirt on the fruit.
- Peel off the skin of the kiwifruit.
- Remove the seeds of the kiwifruit.
- Cut the kiwi into small pieces that are easy for your dog to chew.
- Serve the kiwifruit.
Nutritional Value Of Kiwi To Dogs
As I have mentioned earlier, kiwi is nutrient-dense fruit that is packed with essential nutrients that are required for development, growth and body function. Here is a brief summary of the main nutrients that are found in kiwi per 100 grams of the fruit:
|Nutrient Found In Kiwi Per 100 g||Amount|
Health Benefits Of Kiwi For Dogs
Dogs are obviously not able to absorb all the nutrients in kiwi but the fruit still has some significant health benefits for our four-legged friends. Here are some of the health benefits of kiwifruit for dogs:
- Kiwi is a good source of dietary fiber which dogs need for preventing constipation. However, large amounts of fiber rich foods can actually cause digestive problems for your dog so it is important to serve the fruit in moderation.
- The fruit can help to boost the immune system of your dog. As mentioned earlier, kiwi is a nutrient-dense fruit which is an excellent source of vitamin C which helps to improve the immune system.
- Kiwi is an excellent source of antioxidants which are essential for reducing metabolic stress and inflammation.
So, Is Kiwi Safe For Dogs?
In conclusion, kiwi is safe for dogs to eat in moderation. Although fruits like kiwi that are rich in fiber are essential for improving digestion, they can also cause some digestive problems for dogs when ingested large amounts. Dog owners are advised to feed their canines a small amount of kiwi fruit as a treat.
The skin and seeds of kiwi should be removed before serving the fruit to your dog. Your canine friend should only eat the pulp of a kiwi fruit because the skin and seeds can cause some digestive problems when ingested in large amounts.