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Can Dogs Eat Peaches?

It’s the best fruit of the season, after all.

by Dr. Amy Fox, DVM
July 3, 2024
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Dogs have been known to have some strange food preferences (hey, some of them try to eat socks), but it’s easy to see why they may love peaches. They are sweet, juicy, and you can really sink your teeth into them.

The good news is that yes, dogs can eat peaches — in moderation. Of course, as always, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind so read on to learn more about how to safely share peaches with your pup.

Nutrition facts about peaches for dogs

Peaches are known as stone fruits, or drupes, based on having one large seed in the center surrounded by the fleshy part of the fruit. They grow on trees from the Prunus persica species and are typically only available seasonally. This is because many varieties need exposure to cold weather followed by warmth to stimulate fruit production. There are many types of peaches available and the flesh of the fruit ranges from white to yellow with some being sweeter and better to eat fresh while others are better for baking.

Some sources even categorize peaches based on how easily the pit can be removed; with freestone varieties having an easily removable pit while clingstones are, well, clingy. Despite all the variety, the nutritional information for peaches is fairly consistent. Peaches are rich in fiber, natural sugars, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, some of which are beneficial to our pups. 

Are peaches good for dogs?

Peaches are not a necessary part of dogs’ diets, however, they do provide some beneficial nutrients for dogs that make them good for an occasional small treat. This includes:

  • Fiber: Peaches contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. These carbohydrates are not digestible but serve important functions in digestion. They help to bulk up the stool, prevent constipation and provide important nutrients to the good microbes in the gut

  • Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A, vitamin K, niacin, and vitamin E are all found in peaches and are important for eye health, white blood cell production, healthy bones, blood clotting, and more. Peaches also contain minerals like potassium, manganese, and copper, which are required for maintaining normal blood pressure, nerve function, muscle contractions, and enzyme functions throughout the body.

  • Antioxidants: Peaches are rich in antioxidants, especially two compounds called caffeic acid and carotenoids. These compounds help to protect DNA against damage from free radicals and may help to slow the aging process, reduce inflammation, and protect against certain kinds of cancers.

Can dogs eat any part of a peach?

Technically, only the fruit of the peach is safe for dogs to eat as the rest of the plant is considered toxic. This is due to compounds in the plant that contain cyanide. Cyanide is a toxin that can cause difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, seizures, coma, or even death in large enough amounts.

Cyanide is present in the pit, leaves, stems, and all parts of the plant, however, it needs to be ground up to be released, such as through chewing. Wilted leaves actually have more concentrated cyanide in them, so be careful if you have peach trees on your property. Most dogs will not ingest enough plant matter to get sick but it is best to be safe and keep them away from the trees. 

Are peaches completely safe for dogs?

The fruit of the peach is safe for dogs to eat in moderation but there are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • Fiber content: Because peaches are a high-fiber food, it’s important to offer only small amounts to your dog. Too much fiber can cause digestive upset including diarrhea, gas, and bloating, especially if your dog is not used to it.

  • Sugar content: Natural sugars give peaches their sweet delicious flavor but too much sugar isn’t good for dogs either. Excess sugar in their diet contributes unnecessary added calories which can put them at risk for weight gain and related health problems

  • Choking hazards: Peach pits are especially risky for dogs as they can be choking hazards. They can also cause intestinal blockages if they are swallowed whole, requiring surgical removal. Be sure to remove the pits before sharing any peaches with your pup and offer bite-sized pieces that will be easy for your dog to chew and swallow.

  • Other ingredients: Fresh peaches are fine for pups, but if they are part of a prepared dessert or other dish, be sure to check

  • out the other ingredients and make sure there are no toxic foods on the list. Peaches are often prepared with syrup or other sweeteners, nuts, diary, or high-fat ingredients, which can also make dogs sick, so it is best to stick to plain, fresh peaches whenever possible.

The bottom line: Can dogs eat human food?

Dogs can eat lots of human foods and you can certainly share many snacks with your dog with a little bit of research and planning. It is important to make sure that the foods you plan to share are safe and healthy for dogs and that they don’t contain any toxic or unhealthy ingredients that could make your pup sick. And while it is never easy to turn down your pup’s requests for a bite, especially when they give you the sad puppy eyes and whines, it is very important to set limits too.

Dogs need to get the bulk of their diet from a complete and balanced dog food to ensure they are getting all of the nutrients they need to stay healthy. If your pup is filling up on too many snacks, they may not eat their dog food.

Or, if your dog is eating both their regular portion of dog food plus lots of treats and table foods, they may be unintentionally overfed, leading to weight gain. As a good rule of thumb, treats and table snacks should be limited to less than ten percent of your dog’s total intake. This ensures they mostly eat their dog food and maintain their healthy, adorable figures. 

Other foods that are safe for dogs

Other foods that are dangerous

FAQs (People also ask):

How many peaches can a dog eat?

Dogs can eat small amounts of the fruit but too much can cause digestive upset. 

Is it OK to give dogs peaches?

The fruit of the peach is safe for dogs to eat in moderation.

Why do dogs like peaches?

Dogs may like the sweet taste as well as the juicy, soft texture.

Can dogs eat any part of the peach?

Only the flesh of the fruit is safe for dogs; the pits and the rest of the plant contain toxic compounds.

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Amy Fox

Dr. Amy Fox, DVM

Amy Fox, DVM is a small animal veterinarian in New York City. A lifelong animal lover, Dr. Fox studied biology in college and then worked as a veterinary nurse before pursuing veterinary school at Cornell University.  She has worked in many different settings including shelter medicine, emergency medicine, general practice, and animal cruelty and forensics. She is especially interested in nutrition, preventative medicine and care for senior pets. Dr. Fox also enjoys writing about veterinary medicine and teaching. In her free time she loves to cook, garden, and go for long runs. 

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