Pineapples are a popular food among humans, and for good reason. They’re nutrient-rich, low cost, and available easily. That’s why many Shiba Inu owners wonder if they can feed their Shiba Inus pineapples.
So the short answer is yes—you can feed pineapples to your Shiba Inus! But there are lots of questions regarding how much and how often to feed them, so let’s look at some of those questions…
Are pineapples safe for Shiba Inus?
Yes, pineapples are safe for Shiba Inus to eat. However, avoid feeding your Shiba Inu the hard inner core and spiky skin.
The soft inner fruit of a pineapple is safe for Shiba Inus to consume. To remove the spiky skin and hard core from your Shiba Inu’s pineapple, you’ll need to cut off the top and bottom of the fruit and then carefully slice off each side of its skin until you reach the center. After removing these parts of the fruit, you can feed it to your Shiba Inu in small pieces or as an ingredient in recipes like homemade Shiba Inu treats.
If this is your Shiba Inu’s first time eating pineapple, introduce it slowly over several days to give their digestive system time to adjust to any new food items. It’s best not to feed them too much at once because too much pineapple can lead to diarrhea or vomiting and gas pains because of bloating—both of which aren’t fun for anyone involved.
Benefits of pineapples in Shiba Inus
Moisture: Pineapple is a good source of water, which helps keep your Shiba Inu hydrated and healthy.
Vitamins: Pineapples are packed with vitamin C, which can help your Shiba Inu fight off infections and sickness.
Minerals: Pineapples have potassium, which helps your Shiba Inu’s heart function properly and keeps their muscles healthy.
Bromelain: Bromelain is an enzyme that can aid digestion and reduce swelling in Shiba Inus. It’s also anti-inflammatory, so it can help with arthritis pain if your Shiba Inu has any joints that give them trouble from time to time.
Fiber: Fiber helps keep your pup regular.
Do all Shiba Inus like pineapples?
Your Shiba Inus may not like pineapple. Shiba Inus have food preferences and can be picky eaters. If your Shiba Inu has never had pineapple before, start with a small amount to see how they react. Most Shiba Inus love fruits and veggies, but some breeds are more sensitive than others.
Your Shiba Inus may not like the texture or taste of pineapples. If you’re trying to introduce a new food to your Shiba Inu, it’s important to do it slowly so they can adjust to the new taste and texture. Also, try mixing it with something else that they already like (like chicken or tuna) to make sure it’s something they’ll enjoy eating.
Rare, but some Shiba Inus can be allergic to pineapple. If your Shiba Inu has any allergies or is prone to them, then steer clear of this fruit until you’ve spoken with your vet about what foods are safe for them and which aren’t.
Don’t force it if they don’t like it. Instead, try other Shiba Inu friendly fruits like bananas, apples, blueberries etcetera. Consult with your vet before introducing a new food to make sure there won’t be any negative side effects such as diarrhea or vomiting after eating.
Can my Shiba Inus have pineapples every day?
There’s no rule on how often Shiba Inus can eat pineapple—you can feed them the recommended amount of pineapple every day if they like it! But we recommend you to vary the treats because your Shiba Inus can get bored.
Also, different treats contain different nutrients and treats with more fat or protein may be better for your Shiba Inu’s health than others. That said, we don’t recommend feeding your Shiba Inu pineapple every day unless they really love it.
Can Shiba Inu puppies eat pineapples?
Yes, Shiba Inu puppies can eat pineapples! But only after two months.
Puppy’s digestive systems are delicate and they need to be on a specialized puppy diet during the first two months of their life. So wait until then before introducing pineapple to their diet.
Once your puppy has reached 2 months old, start with just one small bite of pineapple once or twice a week. Be careful with how much you feed them and don’t let them overeat on it—they’re still growing.
Always consult with your vet before introducing any new food into your puppy’s diet so that they can make sure it’s safe for them to eat.
How much pineapple can Shiba Inus eat?
If you’re wondering, it depends on the age, size and activity level of your Shiba Inu. You should always consult with your vet first before feeding pineapple to any Shiba Inu. However, 2/3 of a small bite of freshly sliced or peeled pineapple can be a healthy treat.
Portion control is important when feeding your Shiba Inu any food (even fruits and vegetables) so don’t overdo it. Start small and if there are no side effects, you can offer more. Follow the 90/10 rule: Shiba Inus need a completely balanced diet comprising 90% from the recommended daily food and 10% from the treats.
How to serve pineapples to your Shiba Inus?
Raw: Peel and slice into small pieces, then feed 2/3 small pieces to your Shiba Inu.
Mixing it in yogurt: Give your Shiba Inu a helping of plain yogurt and add a few pieces of raw pineapple. This will help reduce the acidity of the pineapple and make it more palatable for your Shiba Inu.
Pureed pineapple: Puree fresh pineapple with some water until it’s smooth, then serve it as a treat or mix into their food.
Smoothies: Mix yogurt, coconut milk, or other liquids with chunks of frozen or fresh pineapple for a healthy drink that will soothe their stomachs while they eat.
Frozen pineapple: Freeze chunks of fresh pineapple or puree fresh pineapple with some water until it’s smooth, then serve as ice cubes in their water bowl or in their food dish.
When are pineapples bad for Shiba Inus?
Pineapples are bad for Shiba Inus when they have underlying health issues, like allergies or diabetes. Pineapples can also be bad for Shiba Inus if they’re overindulged in the fruit.
Hard inner cores of the pineapple can cause issues in your Shiba Inu’s stomach and intestines, as well as cause blockages in their intestines.
In addition, processed pineapples may contain preservatives that can cause inflammation of your Shiba Inu’s pancreas and kidneys. So while fresh pineapple is good for Shiba Inus who have no underlying health concerns and are getting small amounts of it daily as part of a balanced diet, do not feed your Shiba Inu canned pineapple or other processed versions of this fruit unless you speak with your veterinarian first.
Other human foods Shiba Inus can eat
What other human foods can Shiba Inus eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Shiba Inu can eat.