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Talk about a juicy summer treat! Peaches are the crop we wait for all year. When they’re ripe, it’s easy to stuff ourselves full. Who can resist these sweet fuzzy fruits? Is it ok if your dog has a taste? Can dogs eat peaches?
The good news is that yes, dogs can eat peaches. Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber, which is good for a dog’s digestive system.
The only downside is their sugar content, which does limit the amount your dog can enjoy.
Technically yes, but with peaches and other high-sugar fruits, there’s a balance between the good (vitamins and minerals) and the empty calories (sugar).
Peaches are rich in several nutrients that important to dogs: vitamin A, vitamin E, and niacin, as well as minerals, such as potassium, copper, manganese, and phosphorous.
So, sharing some peach with your dog is great, just keep in mind that the sugar in peaches makes them a sometimes treat. If your dog has diabetes, peaches are a no-no.
Avoid canned peaches, peach preserves, and peach jam, which usually contain extra sugar, sometimes in the form of added fruit juice.
- Serve a dog-friendly fruit and veggie tray for your next puppy play date. You can include cucumber, carrots, celery, pears, and mango alongside sliced peaches.
- Share frozen peach slices as a treat on a hot summer day.
- Add a bit of peach to our Cantaloupe Ice Cream or our Tropical Frozen Fruit Treats.
The seeds, or pits, of peaches, can be dangerous for dogs. Peach pits are big, hard, scratchy lumps in the center of the fruit that are the perfect size to create a choking hazard.
The seed inside of the peach pit (along with the seeds of their close relatives such as almonds, apricots, apples, and plums), contains a trace amount of a cyanide compound called amygdalin that is toxic to dogs. So keep the pits away from your pup.
You also don’t want to give your dog too much fiber, as this can cause diarrhea or an upset stomach. When introducing peaches to your dog, give her a little bit at first and see how her belly handles it.
If you want to treat your pup to some peaches, consider using the 10% rule that is commonly recommended by vets. Treats, including fruit and veggies, can make up 10% of the calories in your dog’s diet.
Peaches are higher in calories than some other fruits because they are fairly high in sugar. Fresh peaches are about 8% sugar by weight, and one cup of sliced fresh peaches has about 13 grams of sugar and 60 calories.
This can make peaches a sometimes treat for dogs on a reduced-calorie diet. One cup of peach slices also contains about 2.5 grams of dietary fiber.
Peaches make great treats when dehydrated or frozen, and if you want to bake something special for your favorite pup, use a jar of peach baby food (or some homemade peach puree) in our tasty Two-Ingredient Baby Food Dog Treats.
This recipe is perfect for your first time whipping up homemade dog treats. Once you get the hang of it, keep an eye out for 4-ounce baby food jars on sale. That way you can stock up on a variety of flavors and be able to make DIY dog treats at a moment’s notice.
Want to make this recipe gluten-free? Just pop some rolled oats in the food processor and grind them up for a wheat-free flour alternative that tastes amazing, too.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 24 minutes
- Total Time: 34 minutes
- Yield: 8 dozen small cookies
- Category: Quickie Cookies
- 1 4-ounce jar of baby food
- 1 cup flour
Preheat oven to 350º
- In a large bowl, mix one cup of flour with the jar of baby food and stir to combine.
- Add more flour and knead your dough until it’s no longer sticky.
- Roll out your dough on a floured surface and cut out treats, placing them on a cookie sheet.
- Bake 24 minutes or until cooked through and the bottoms are just starting to brown.
For an extra-crisp cookie, turn off the oven when cookies are done, but leave them to cool inside the oven to remove any excess moisture.
Learn more about feeding your dog a wonderfully varied diet while learning the limitations of a dog’s sensitive digestive system. We offer a collection of articles on foods that are safe, dangerous or even toxic for dogs to eat, including vegetables, dairy, bread, and junk food.