No. Cherries do have some health benefits. They contain fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. But cherries are only safe to eat if you remove the stems, leaves, and pit, which contain low levels of cyanide. Even then, dogs can only eat a few cherries, as the fruit of the cherry also contains trace levels of cyanide. All told, cherries aren’t worth the effort to prepare them for your dog, especially when there are easier, safer options out there (like apples).
Symptoms to Look For
If your dog has eaten more than a few cherries, she may experience a bout of diarrhea. If she’s gotten into a bag of cherries and eaten too many, call your vet if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Labored breathing
- Bright red gums
- Dilated pupils
For More Information
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.