What is the first thing, the first feeling that comes to mind when you see a human and a dog together? Trust. Humans would trust dogs with their lives; dogs will eat anything out of their master’s hands. WHICH THEY SHOULDN’T BE EATING. Are you insane? You cannot be called a responsible pet parent if you feed your dog anything & everything from the fridge. The canine choking, poisoning, and allergy incidents are increasing every year, and the reason for this upward curve is ignorance. As an example, let us test you. Do you know if your dog can eat guava? Well, if you don’t know the answer to this question, let us take this discussion as an opportunity to discuss whether or not your dog can eat guavas. This isn’t your average YES or NO article. For a complete and comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, you will need to stick with us till the very end!
Can dogs eat guava?
Without any beating about the bush, let us first answer this question around which this whole debate will be orchestrated. YES, your dog can eat guavas. However, that is the short answer. The detailed answer involves evaluating the nutritional content of this soft fruit and types of guava your dog can and cannot eat. In the upcoming sections, we also discuss if your dog can eat stuff like guava leaves and paste. Oh, and a few words about overindulgence are also a part of this discussion!
What is in it for your dog?
As promised, let us present in front of you the nutritional recap of this delicious fruit. We mean to say, why should you be feeding guavas to your dog in the first place? Well, you will find that there is plenty of nutritional stuff in this fruit for your dog.
Let us start with the vitamins. Guavas are enriched with vitamins like vitamin C. That is remarkable from a health perspective since this particular vitamin is famous for its antioxidant effect. In humans, and dogs for that matter, an abundance of oxidative species and molecules can lead to the development of carcinomas. The vitamin C influx via guavas can neutralize these free radicals. Apart from vitamin C, guava also features vitamins A and K. These vitamins have a crucial role to play in hematopoiesis.
If you have been a pet parent for some time now, you will know that a good amount of fiber is necessary for a healthy and properly functioning digestive system. This is true for both canine and feline digestive systems. Guavas can offer that fiber, as well as a decent quantity of potassium and magnesium. These minerals are important for canine Musco-skeletal development.
Feeding ripe guava to my dogs
Some folks prefer their guavas to be all pinkie ripe. This section is especially for those guava lovers. So, is there anything wrong with feeding a particularly ripe version of the fruit? Not at all. You can feed ripened fruit to your adorable friend without any fear in mind. However, we will advise you to be careful about the amount you are feeding to your pet. You see, too much of this fruit can create some serious complications. In the later part of this discussion, we explain how things can go south if you are not careful about the amount of guava you are feeding to your dog. But for now, we will recommend that feeding in moderate amounts is the way to go when it comes to guavas, ripe or raw. How can you tell if the fruit is ripe enough for you and your pet? Squeeze and squish it a bit with your fingers. If it feels soft, then it has ripened enough.
Can my dog eat guava skin?
Rind and seed are what we will talk about now. Many people, who actually bother with checking the safety threshold of what they are feeding their dog, have asked this question. We talked about the fiber content of this fruit earlier. Well, if you peel off guava rind, a lot of fiber is gone. Guava rind is one hundred percent safe for your dog, which means you don’t have to waste time peeling guavas. But it is really subjective! If you feel that your dog loves the peeled version of fruit more, you can go with that as well.
What about leaves and paste?
Do you know that guava leaves are boiled and drunk like tea or coffee? Well, of course, the purpose is a little different! Guava concoctions have medicinal benefits and are a popular item in herbology and botany. Not your caffeinated morning kick, if that is what you are thinking! But the real question still needs to be answered. Can your dog have that guava tea?
We are afraid we will have to shake our heads in response to this query. You see, dogs are accustomed to only one liquid: fresh, clean tap water. Give your dog anything other than that, and you are simply playing with the idea of messing up your dog’s digestive system. The same goes for guava paste, a traditional delicacy made in many parts of the world. The higher than normal sugar content of this paste can elevate your dog’s blood glucose levels. We are sure that as responsible pet parents, you don’t want that happening to your dog. So, for both guava leaves/tea and guava paste, the answer is a big, fat no.
A bit about guava yogurt
Despite having a higher sugar content, it is safe for your dog to nibble on the dried version of this fruit. Be sure you don’t allow it to chew more than a few pieces, though. If you have your reservations about the dried version of the fruit, may we recommend guava yogurt? Quite a yummy delicacy to devour for your canine pet and is actually much safer than some of the other canine eatables available in the market. The only thing to be mindful of in this regard is that the product you have chosen must not contain any added sugars or a lot of preservatives. Both of these can prove to be toxic for your dog’s health.
How much of guavas is safe for my dog?
Well, as a general rule, whenever you are introducing something new into your pet’s diet, you ought to start with small portions. Despite the general trend, one cannot be sure how your dog will respond to the new eatable in the diet. We would recommend you introduce guavas as a treat for your dog. If your dog is making an effort for more guavas, you can gradually consider increasing the amount. But do keep it in mind that your dog must stay hydrated all the time, and there are no disruptions in its normal diet!
What if my dog eats too many guavas?
Actually, let us widen the scope of this question. Reframing it to something like my dog isn’t feeling well after eating guavas, what should I do? MAKE SENSE, RIGHT? Well, there are several things you can do. First, recheck if the fruit you fed your dog was fresh or not. Then, how much of it did your dog eat? Too many guavas can create complications of gastrointestinal nature. Common ones are diarrhea and vomiting. Also, did you remove seeds? Please don’t feed guavas to your canine friend for future references without removing the fruit’s seed. It is important to do that since not doing it can lead to a choking hazard. If, because of any of the reasons we have just described, your dog feels ill after eating guava, you shouldn’t try any home remedies. Do the thing which all the responsible pet parents do, i.e., get the vet!
The final verdict
Well, if you dozed off halfway during the discussion, we have summarized things for you in this section. Yes, your dogs can eat guavas, but not too many, of course. Being mindful of which type you are feeding to your dog is important since the canine digestive can respond violently to some of the toxins found in some types. Guava peel is safe, but the same cannot be said about leaves and paste that are extensively used in some parts of the world. Oh, and yes, guava yogurt without any preservatives and sugars will also work for your pet!
Well, folks, it is time to wrap up this debate. We wish we could win a bit more, but the limitations of time and space force us to conclude this article here. Still, there was a lot to learn, don’t you think so? One more food item that you can feed to your adorable furry pet without any fears or hesitation in the mind. And while we are at it, please don’t play the vet if things go south because of any reason. The wisest thing to do in such situations is to get the vet!