The short answer: Yes, but with caution.
The long answer: Round and yellow, apricots are stone fruits that look similar to peaches. They are packed with nutrients (such as potassium, and vitamins A, E, and C) and a considerable amount of antioxidants (such as beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) that can help fight cancer.
Though the fleshy part of the apricot is safe for your dog to consume, the stems, leaves, and pits are another matter. They must be removed and disposed of properly because they contain cyanide, which is toxic for your pooch. If you suspect your dog ate dropped apricots from your backyard, observe for symptoms of cyanide poisoning: dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, and shock. If your canine pet accidentally swallows the apricot pit, contact your vet immediately. The pit may cause dental damage, airway blockage, and/or intestinal obstruction and injury.
A few pieces of dried apricots may be given to your pooch as long as they do not contain sugar and other artificial flavourings. Before feeding it to your dog, check the nutrition facts label, or better yet, make homemade ones instead.
How to feed apricot to your dog: Remove the apricot skin, pit, and overripe parts. Share one or two small pieces of the fleshy part.
Treats should only make up 5 to 10% of your dog’s total caloric intake, so ask your vet how many pieces you can safely give your pet based on his size and dietary needs.
Here are three ideas for apricot treats your dog will love:
- Cut up fresh apricot into slivers and top it over your dog’s meal.
- Blend and mix it with dog-friendly fruits and yogurt for a refreshing drink.
- Feed him one to two pieces of dried apricot as a reward for being a good boy.
In summary: Dogs do not need apricots in their diet. But if your dog is curious about the fruit, the flesh may be fed to him as an occasional treat. Do not give him too much in one sitting, as this fiber-rich fruit may cause digestive upset. More importantly, do not allow your dog to sniff around apricot trees. He may chew on the stems, leaves, or pits and suffer from cyanide poisoning.
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