You left the kitchen and forgot an open bag of dates on the counter, when you returned you found that your dog had eaten some of the dates. Many things we eat are dangerous to our canine companions, so you are a little worried. Are dates safe for your dog? Can dogs eat dates?
Can Dogs Eat Dates?
Don’t worry, the answer is yes, dates are safe for dogs. Dates are actually good for dietary fiber, iron and magnesium, so it would be a good idea to add sliced dates to home-cooked dog treats or occasionally feed your dog a few pitted dates as treats.
However, you do have to follow a few rules when giving this fruit to your dog. More about that below.
Three Rules to Follow
First off, it is advisable not to feed your dog a large amount of dates in a single sitting as that could upset your dog’s stomach and cause diarrhea. Because of the high sugar content, your dog is likely to become hyperactive as well.
Secondly, as dates are extremely high in sugar, you can occasionally give your dog a few dates, but it’s definitely inadvisable to do that everyday. Dates are 60 to 70 percent sugar. Regularly eating food so high in sugar would be really bad for your dog’s teeth and can lead to obesity.
Last but not least, if you are going to give your dog a date, make sure you take out the pit. Many fruit pits contain poisonous cyanide, although that doesn’t seem to be the case with dates, the pits are still problematic as they can get lodged in your dog’s intestinal tract.
Pitted dates are okay for dogs, but they should be a strictly occasional treat.