Pineapples are a super healthy snack, but can huskies eat pineapples safely, or do they cause too many digestive problems?
Huskies can eat fresh pineapples as long as the skin and core are removed. Pineapples offer many benefits due to the nutrients they contain, but they need to be fed to your husky in moderation because they are high in sugar and fiber.
In this guide, we’ll explore everything there is to know about huskies and pineapples, including how to feed them to your pup safely, what nutritional benefits they actually have, and more.
A quick note: Always consult your veterinarian before adding anything new to your husky’s diet. Also, if your husky is diabetic, avoid feeding them pineapples due to the high sugar content.
Do Huskies Even Like Pineapple?
Most of the time, your husky will either love or hate pineapple.
It’s always funny to see their reaction to something so sweet, so the next time you have some pineapple left over, try feeding a small amount of the flesh to your husky to see what they think – you might just be surprised!
If your husky doesn’t like pineapple, there are some other fruits that they could try in the list below:
- Pears – Pears contain significant amounts of Vitamins C and K, as well as potassium and copper.
- Apples – Apples are a great snack for huskies due to the high content of vitamins A and C.
- Oranges – Make sure you get rid of the skin.
- Watermelon – You have to try the watermelon ice cream recipe during the summer!
I know firsthand just how picky huskies can be with food, so don’t worry if they turn down most fruits – they probably just don’t have much of a sweet tooth!
Avoid fruits like grapes, though, as they are toxic to huskies, and always research before you offer anything new to your husky that you aren’t sure about.
Our veterinary-reviewed guide on what huskies can and cannot eat is a great starting point.
Why Huskies Can Eat Some Pineapple
Huskies can eat a small amount of pineapple because it’s actually quite healthy!
Pineapple is packed full of vitamins and minerals, and as long as it is kept to a small amount due to the high sugar and fiber content, it shouldn’t cause any problems for your husky.
It’s a great way to change up their treats and give them something completely new.
Nutritional Benefits Of Pineapple For Huskies
Here’s a quick rundown of the nutritional value of 100g of pineapple according to the USDA:
- 50 Calories
- 10g Sugar
- 1.4g Dietary Fiber
- Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B6, Magnesium
- 0.5g Protein
- 0.1g Fat
In terms of micronutrients, pineapple is actually very beneficial for your husky.
Vitamin B6 is especially vital for an array of functions like hormone regulation, immune response, and much more.
Another example would be iron, which is necessary for the production of red blood cells.
Pineapples are mostly known for their vitamin C content, and while dogs naturally produce vitamin C on their own, giving them some extra doesn’t cause any harm.
However, pineapple lacks protein and fatty acids, which should form the bulk of your husky’s diet.
How To Prepare Pineapple For Your Husky
Preparing pineapple for your husky to eat is super easy, but there are some nuances to the process, so it’s worth knowing how to do it properly.
The easiest way to prepare pineapple for your husky is to take a fresh pineapple and remove the skin and core. These are choking hazards for your husky, so it’s better to remove them to eliminate this risk.
From there, cut up the pineapple into small chunks, about 1 inch on each side, and store them in the refrigerator or feed them right away. It will last around 3 to 5 days if stored in the fridge.
If you want to do more work (only a tiny bit, I promise!), freezing pineapple makes for great frozen treats that you can feed your husky during the summer to help them cool off!
All you need to do is cut up a fresh pineapple as before and then place the chunks into your freezer until they freeze through. This usually takes 4 to 5 hours, but I prefer to prep them overnight and save them as treats for hot days.
It also gives them more mental stimulation as they will spend a while licking before eating them.
Things To Avoid
Never feed your husky any type of canned pineapple, as it contains much more sugar and additional sweeteners and flavorings that can cause problems with digestion.
Pineapple juice is the same; it contains a lot of sugar and is often sweetened further, which makes it unsuitable for your pup.
How Much Pineapple Can Huskies Eat Per Day?
Pineapples or any other treat that you feed to your husky should only make up 10% or less of their total daily calories.
This works out as a couple of pieces of pineapple per day, but always start with a smaller amount as there’s a good chance your husky’s stomach will be sensitive to the high sugar and fiber content.
What Happens If Your Husky Eats Too Much Pineapple?
Pineapple is great in small amounts if prepared properly, but it does contain a lot of sugar and fiber, which can cause problems if your husky eats too much.
In the short term, your husky will suffer stomach issues from the excess fiber and sugar, so expect to see symptoms like diarrhea and loose stool for a few days if they eat an excessive amount.
Over the long run, feeding your husky lots of pineapple is not a good idea because it can lead to problems like obesity or even diabetes.
Don’t worry about this too much, though; as long as you are sticking to the 10% rule, there shouldn’t be any problems, and it isn’t like pineapple is a common snack to have anyway.
I would recommend using proper dog treats more often than things like pineapple, as these are higher in protein and much less likely to upset your husky’s stomach.
Pineapple is a pretty good snack for your husky, as long as you prepare it properly and remember that it’s mostly sugar and fiber.
Start with a small amount and see how your husky reacts – if their stomach gets bad quickly, it might be best to stick to other types of treats.
Check out some of our other articles on foods huskies can and cannot eat below: