Maybe. If your dog’s been looting the dropped spoils of an apricot orchard, he may have eaten apricot stems, leaves, or pits, which contain cyanide and are toxic. Read on for a list of symptoms to look for. There is a safe way to share apricots with your pet, however. Scroll down for tips on safely sharing apricots with your dog.
Symptoms to Look For
If your dog has been out grazing on dropped apricots, keep an eye on her and call your vet immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Dilated pupils
- Difficulty breathing
Apricots contain fiber, potassium, and beta carotene, which can help fight cancer. As long as you avoid the pit, leaves, and stem of the fruit, you can share ripe or dried apricots, cut up in pieces, as a snack or added to your dog’s food in small amounts (just a few bites periodically). Too many apricots provide too much fiber and can cause digestive upset. This is why fruit isn’t a cornerstone of the canine diet.
For More Information
We offer a collection of articles on foods that are healthy or dangerous for dogs to eat, covering everything from grains, fruits, and vegetables. You might also be interested in reading “Can My Dog Eat Peaches?”
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.