Before you share this tropical fruit with your pup, read this guide! Can dogs eat papaya? Is it poisonous? Keep reading!
There are so many ways to prepare and enjoy tropical papaya, but it might not be the best idea to share it with your dog. Keep reading to find out how safe or toxic it is and when to call the vet.
For ultimate pet safety, I recommend consulting with your vet about all the questions you have about your dog eating papaya.
Can Dogs Eat Papaya
Yes, dogs can definitely eat papaya! Be careful when you let your dog eat this fruit. Make sure you remove all the seeds and chop them up into bite-sized pieces before you let your dog eat them.
Let’s look at all the good and bad of this fruit and how to share it safely with your pet.
Is Papaya Good For Dogs
When it comes to fruit, papaya is really healthy for your pet. They are a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants. This fruit is also really good for Fido’s heart because it has phytochemicals that fights of heart disease.
Like other types of tropical fruit, papaya is high in vitamin C and potassium.
Is Papaya Bad For Dogs
Even though there are lots of health benefits of papayas for dogs, you still need to be careful with how you share it with them.
Always remove the seeds before you let the dogs eat them. Papaya seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide and they can cause intestinal blockage.
Since this fruit is high in fiber, you should only give them a small amount at a time. Too much fiber might give your dog diarrhea or an upset stomach.
There is also a lot of natural sugars in papaya. It’s a good idea to control how much sugar you allow your dog to eat each day. Too many calories – even from sources like fruit – can lead to weight gain and related diseases like diabetes. Do not let your dog eat this fruit if they already have diabetes.
Can Puppies Eat Papaya
No, puppies should not eat papaya. Their little stomachs are not developed enough to digest the sugar and fiber in the fruit and it could give them an upset stomach.
Can I Give My Dog Papaya
Let’s take a closer look at the different types of papaya and how safe or dangerous they are for your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Black Papaya
There is no such thing at black papaya. If you find a papaya with black spots, the fruit has a fungus on it. It’s a very common disease that happens to the fruit in wet weather.
Do not let your dog eat papayas that have black spots on them.
Can Dogs Eat Green Papaya
A green papaya is one that isn’t ripe yet. It looks like a green football. The inside is white, so you can tell it isn’t quite ripe yet.
It is safe for dogs to eat before it is ripe – but it isn’t as sweet or as soft to chew. Chances are, your dog won’t won’t to even touch it.
Can Dogs Eat Golden Papaya
The golden papaya is another name for the fruit you will find in your grocery store. As long as you peel it and remove the seeds, your dog can eat it safely.
Can Dogs Eat Mexican Papaya
Yes, dogs can eat Mexican papaya, as long as the seeds and skin are removed. This kind is bigger and has an earthier taste. Since it isn’t as sweet, your dog might not go for them.
Can Dogs Eat Orange Papaya
Some varieties of Mexican papayas turn burnt orange when they are ripe. If you find an orange papaya, chances are it is a Mexican papaya. Lots of people describe them as ugly since the skin can be pock-marked.
Yes, dogs can safely eat orange papayas too, as long as you remove the seeds first.
Can Dogs Eat Red Papaya
Another exotic variety is the Caribbean red papaya. it tastes just like a melon. Dogs will love it if they enjoy other types of papayas. Just be sure to remove the black seeds first.
Can Dogs Eat White Papaya
If the papaya has a white flesh, that means it isn’t ripe yet. It is safe to give your dog white papaya, but since it isn’t as soft or sweet, your dog probably won’t want it.
Can Dogs Eat Yellow Papaya
Golden papayas turn yellow before they are completely ripe. I call these “almost done” papayas. They are safe to eat at this stage of the ripening process. Since they aren’t exactly finished ripening, they won’t be as soft or sweet, so your dog might not enjoy them as much.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Papaya
Yes, raw papaya is safe for dogs to eat. In fact, this is the best way to share it with your bet. Remember to take out those pesky seeds so your dog doesn’t eat them.
Can Dogs Eat Ripe Papaya
When it comes to this tropical fruit, chances are that your dog will enjoy ripe papayas a lot more than unripe ones! Yes, you can safely let your dog eat ripe papayas (without the seeds, of course).
Can Dogs Eat Whole Papaya
Now that you know more about this fruit, I’m sure you can answer the question, “can I give my dog papaya?” There are some parts of the fruit that you should definitely keep away from your pet. Let’s look at all of them.
Can Dogs Eat Papaya Peel
No, dogs should never eat the papaya peel. It is way too difficult for your dog’s body to digest and could give them a very upset stomach.
Can Dogs Eat Papaya Seeds
Absolutely not, dogs should never eat papaya seeds. They contain trace amounts of cyanide which is very poisonous to dogs. The seeds could also cause intestinal blockage. Always remove the seeds before letting your dog eat the papaya.
Can Dogs Eat Papaya Leaves
No, dogs should never eat leaves. Their bodies are not made to digest the fibrous properties of leaves.
Can Dogs Eat Candied Papaya
There are also lots of ways to cook or prepare papaya. A good rule to remember is to not give your dog anything with added sugar or that has been deep fried.
Here are some of the most popular ways to cook/prepare papaya and how safe they are for dogs to eat.
Can Dogs Eat Cooked Papaya
As long as you don’t add sugar or other spices bad for dogs, you can share cooked papaya with your pet. In fact, they might really enjoy a little bit of mashed sweet papaya as a treat.
Can Dogs Eat Dried Papaya
Dogs can safely enjoy a little bit of dried papaya as long as it doesn’t have any added sugar. Just dried fruit as the only ingredient is safe for dogs in small amounts.
Can Dogs Eat Pickled Papaya
If the papaya is pickled without any garlic or onion, it is safe to share with your dog. Most dogs don’t like anything pickled, but it is safe for them to eat.
Can Dogs Eat Roasted Papaya
Yes, dogs can eat roasted papaya. Do not add any cinnamon or sugar on top of it. It is safe to share with your dog if you roast them plain.
Can Dogs Have Papaya Juice
No, dogs should not drink papaya juice. It is pretty much pure sugar. Dogs should not drink fruit juice at all, in fact. Consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain and obesity, which increases their risk of diabetes and heart disease.
As you can see, papaya is a pretty healthy treat to share with your dog on rare occasions. Remove the seeds, peel them, and cut them up into small bites. As long as your dog doesn’t eat lots of sugar regularly, this can be a sometimes treat that they enjoy!
More Dog Food Resources
Here are some articles about other fruit and whether they are safe or toxic for your dog to eat.
- Can Dogs Eat Dragon Fruit
- Can Dogs Eat Guava
- Can Dogs Eat Honeydew
- Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit
- Can Dogs Eat Persimmons
- Can Dogs Eat Plantains
Find even more articles on human food dogs can and can’t eat here on Spoiled Hounds!
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