There are many fruits available to humans, one of the most tempting being guava. Guava is a tropical fruit that grows from trees of the Myrtle family, and we place it in the “exotic” fruit category. Guava is a distinct fruit with green skin and pink flesh. It is well-known for its sweetness and pleasant taste, which is best described as the hybrid of a pear and a strawberry.
If you are enjoying some delicious guava and you want to share some with your dog, you may be wondering if you should. Is guava safe for dogs? Learn the facts in this article about dogs and guava.
Can dogs have guava?
If you’re pondering whether it would be all right to feed your dog guava, the answer is that generally, guava of any type should be safe to feed your dog. The truth is that guava would only harm your dog if they were allergic to it, or if you fed them too much.
Is eating guava healthy for dogs?
Dogs love many types of fruit, and guava is on that list. You don’t have to feel bad about giving your dog a little guava either, as guava holds many health benefits for your dog like the following.
Vitamins A, C, K, and B-Vitamins
Guava is full of vitamins A, C, K, and B-vitamins. Vitamins A and K aid in maintaining your dog’s best possible eyesight, healthy skin, a prime number of red blood cells, and thriving, healthy bones. Vitamin C (of which guava has several times that of an orange) works as an antioxidant warring against free radicals that can damage your dog’s cell structure and weaken their immune system.
B-vitamins help your dog maintain their equilibrium. They also make neurotransmitters in your dog’s brain through a process called “neurochemical synthesis”.
Magnesium and Potassium
Guava is also full of magnesium and potassium. Magnesium aids in your dog’s absorption of all the other nutrients they take in. Potassium promotes strong teeth and bones, as well as healthy organs.
Iron and Sodium
Your dog must have a healthy amount of iron in their system to properly form hemoglobin and red blood cells. Proper sodium levels aid your dog in regulating their blood pressure. This sodium, though, is one of the reasons why you must not feed your dog too much guava but only feed them guava in moderation.
Guava is full of fiber, which everyone needs, and if you give your dog too much, you may notice that you have contributed to them having a bout with diarrhea.
Guava contains other nutrients, too, like calcium, phosphorus, and lycopene, which each play a vital role in keeping your dog at peak health.
Is eating guava bad for dogs?
Eating guava isn’t bad for your dog, as long as you feed it to them in moderation. You should be aware that guava is rich in carbohydrates and sugars. In every 3.5 ounces of guava, there is 0.5 ounce of carbohydrates and 0.3 ounce of sugar. Too much sugar in your dog’s diet can lead to obesity and even type 2 diabetes.
Can dogs have guava juice?
Your dog actually needs nothing but clean, fresh water to drink. That is the healthiest thing you can give them. It does the best job keeping them hydrated and helping their bodies filter out waste. While drinking guava juice won’t hurt your dog unless they are allergic or you give them too much, it is probably not the best choice for them as a beverage.
It is much more beneficial for your dog to give them water to drink, and offer them the actual whole fruit (after you de-seed it, of course). At least, that way, they get the fiber and greater benefit for their canine body.
Can dogs have guava seeds?
Seeds are problematic for people, so they are also problematic for dogs. One, it’s easy to choke on a seed if it happens to go down the wrong pipe. Two, seeds have been known to get trapped in your gastrointestinal system and cause infection and other issues. Third and most importantly, many fruit seeds contain cyanide, a quick-acting and often deadly chemical, so feeding guava seeds to your dog is not recommended.
Can dogs have guava jelly?
Guava jelly, like other jellies, is chock-full of sugars, additives, preservatives, and pectin. We should be feeding our dogs fresh foods to keep them at peak health, not foods with additives and preservatives. Also, feeding your dog sugary foods increases their chance of getting obese and becoming diabetic. Pectin is also a problem, as it is a thickener and feeding it to your dog can easily cause them to become constipated.
What happens if a dog has guava?
If you feed your dog guava in moderation, there should be no side effects unless they turn out to be allergic. However, if you feed them too much, you will see the results in their digestive system. They may cramp or vomit, become bloated, or get diarrhea.
The first time you feed your dog guava, don’t give them very much at all, because you need to test to see if they are allergic. If your dog turns out to be allergic to guava, you might see signs of hives or notice them scratching. Other signs of an allergic reaction are facial swelling, and infections of the ears or paws.
What to do if my dog has guava?
If your dog has eaten guava and is in severe gastrointestinal distress, their face is swelling, they get hives or start scratching like crazy, and get a paw or ear infection soon after they eat it, they’ve had an allergic reaction, and you need to consult a vet. Also, if they ate the whole fruit including the seeds, they may have been exposed to cyanide, a potentially-lethal chemical, and may be in mortal danger, so definitely call a vet. Otherwise, your dog should be fine eating guava.