Like dates, for example. People love them and they can be a healthy substitute for something sweet for humans - but are they healthy for your dog? In short: they're not going to hurt your dog, but they can't eat them freely and regularly.
Dates are low in fat, cholesterol-free, and we're betting your dog will probably love the escape from their normal diet. They also contain things like Vitamins A, B, and C, as well as lots of dietary fiber and calcium.
But that doesn't mean you should give up and let your dog down all the dates they want. If you want to treat them, do so sparingly. Dates can be too high in sugar for your pup and, because they're so high in fiber, they can really mess up your doggo's digestive system (we're talking doggy diarrhea, which isn't fun for anyone).
If you want more information on how many dates are appropriate, signs you should look out for that your dog's had too many dates, and how to train your dog away from eating human-like treats, read on! We've laid out the ultimate date guide!
Signs Your Dog Has Had Too Many Dates
For example, dates are pretty high in fiber. That's good, unless they overdo it. The first sign that your dog has had too many dates is a bunch of digestive distress. We mean the messy, smelly, obvious kind. They might vomit, have strange bowel habits, or have nausea as well.
Your dog could also have a spike in their blood pressure if they have too many dates - this is because they're pretty high in natural sugars. If this happens, you'll see your dog behaving strangely. They might be hyperactive, extra-thirsty, have bloodshot eyes, or not have any interest in eating at all!
Too many dates can result in weight gain, too. If you notice that your dog is lethargic and is heavier than usual - you might want to lay off on the dates.
- Low tail carriage
- Lack of focus
- Averting eyes
- Tail tucking
- Pupils dilated
- Stiff tail
- Upset Stomach
- Blood Sugar Spikes
- Vomiting and Nausea
- Strange Bowel Habits
- Choking (On the Date Pits)
Historic Benefits of Dates
It is not too farfetched to believe that wild dogs throughout history would gobble up dates if they came across them. Though mainly carnivorous, dogs delve into delicious fruits (and even not-so-delicious grass) pretty regularly.Humans love dates because of all their health benefits - but did you know that your dog can benefit from dates, too? Sure, they're loaded with high fiber, which is great for doggy digestive systems, but they're also chalk-full of things like vitamins A, B(1,2,3, and 5), and C.
The combination of the dietary fiber plus the amino acids is also a great benefit, too. They're a fantastic, sweet, delicious treat for your pup when you want to stray off the normal-treat path. Try feeding your pup one at a time, and don't let them overindulge on these sticky, sweet treats!
The Science Behind Dogs and Dates
If your pup eats too many dates, you can expect the boost in fiber to really encourage their digestive systems to get a move on. The excess fiber your dog receives could upset your doggo's stomach.
Dates are also loaded with natural sugars that can harm your dog's blood sugar levels, so keeping the consumption limited is important. Dates also contain pits, and pits can cause your dog to choke! Removing pits is hugely important before giving your pooch a date! If they don't choke on them, they could cause blockages in your dog's intestines!
How to Train your Dog to Eat Dates in Moderation
Eating treats, like dates, might make your doggo a bit picky, so make sure they're in the loop on what the deal with mealtime is. Train them to eat when you tell them to - and what you tell them to. If they're picky and don't want to eat their normal dog food after they've been getting date treats, that's okay. Lay down their food at the normal time and only for a set amount of time. If your dog doesn't eat it, that's fine. The dog will just have to wait for the next meal time to eat. We guarantee that if your dog is hungry, they won't be too picky.
Additionally, if your dog does get their paws on some dates you don't want them to eat, having a strong grasp of basic commands can be extra helpful. Making sure they respond particularly well to "no," "stop," and "drop it,".
How to React if Your Dog Eats Too Many Dates
Contact your vet for advice!
If necessary, take your dog to the vet's office.
Take your dog out for really regular bathroom trips - those dates are going to upset the stomach, and you don't want that in your house.
Encourage your dog to lay down and relax while the date situation passes.
Comfort your pup if they have an upset tummy.
If your dog has a sugar high, take them outside to burn off the extra energy.