Can Dogs Eat Cherries?

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Can Dogs Eat Cherries?

Can dogs eat cherries? Are cherries toxic to dogs?

Dogs can eat cherry’s pulp.

But ATTENTION: The stems, seeds and leaves are considered toxic. They contain cyanide which is poisonous to dogs.

Cyanide causes damage at the cellular level because it blocks oxygen transport across the cell membrane. Deprived of oxygen, cells cannot function correctly and will die.

can dogs eat cherries

In toxic amounts, cyanide can induce the following clinical signs:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle tremors
  • Bright red gums
  • Shock
  • Death

Only the flesh is recommended to feed dogs.

Remember to never let your dog eat the stems, leaves or seeds.

Cherry’s pulp is a good source of antioxidants, contains abundant quantities of beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, potassium, iron, folate, and fiber.

So you can use the pulp around the seed to feed your dog as a sweet and tasty treat.

If you suspect your dog has eaten cherries outdoors from the tree, please contact your veterinarian.

He may be able to neutralize the cyanide with sodium nitrate and sodium thiosulfate.

Moreover, the amount of the toxin your dog consumed will influence the probabilities of a successful treatment.

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About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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