The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.
The long answer: Nectarines are sweet and tasty fruits packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, lutein, and fiber. These vitamins and nutrients will aid in your dog’s skeletal health, eye health, and tissue health.
Nectarines are similar to peaches minus the fuzzy exterior. As such, you can offer a few pieces of nectarines to your dog (as long as he is not diabetic). Refrain from feeding your dog canned nectarines, which are high in sugar and preservatives. Limit your dog’s intake of nectarines depending on his size and daily calorie intake. Too much of this smooth-skinned fruit may cause gastric upset and lead to vomiting or diarrhea.
How to feed nectarines to your dog: Wash the nectarine, check for any rotten parts, and remove them. Rotten fruit produces ethanol, which is lethal for your dog.
Also, take out the leaves, stems, and pit. The nectarine pit contains amygdalin, which turns into hydrogen cyanide. Plus, it may cause airway or intestinal blockage. Depending on your dog’s size, a few pieces of ingested pits may poison him.
Here are three ideas for nectarine treats your dog will love:
- Replace peaches with nectarine for this squirrel-shaped dog snack.
- Transform frozen nectarine into refreshing treats for your pup.
- Make a chewy oatmeal snack by substituting peaches.
In summary: Nectarine is a great source of vitamins and nutrients that can aid your dog’s well-being. But because the fruit is loaded with sugar and fiber, it should only be fed to your dog in moderation. Consult with your veterinarian before giving nectarine to your dog.