Can My Dog Eat Guava?

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Love biting into a juicy guava fruit and wondering if your dog might enjoy guava just as much as you do? If you are thinking about feeding your pet guava, this detailed guide will tell you everything you need to know about safety, health benefits, potential drawbacks, and more. Let's dive in.

What is Guava?

First of all, let's talk a little bit more about guava itself. It's a tropical fruit that comes from a tree that belongs to the myrtle family. 

Typically, guavas feature green skin around pink flesh, but there are multiple types of guavas with different appearances.

Is Guava Safe For Dogs?

So, can you feed guava to your dog safely? The answer is, "Yes!" But let's go into a bit more detail.

First of all, it is essential to know that while your dog can eat guava, he cannot have too much of it, or he may get sick.

We'll get into more details on that in a bit.

Secondly, you might be wondering what types of guavas and what parts of the guava are safe.

What Parts of the Guava Can Your Dog Eat?

The flesh of the guava fruit is safe. It seems hard to find a definitive answer on whether or not the seeds are safe. Seeds are frequently problematic for dogs, however, because fruit seeds often contain cyanide. So, we recommend avoiding feeding your dog the seeds from guava.

What about the skin? We have seen some sources claim the skin is safe, and others claim it should not be fed to dogs. Concerns about the skin seem to involve how difficult it might be to digest. So, use caution if you decide to proceed.

What about guava leaves? On this topic, too, we have found conflicting claims. Some people say that guava leaves can upset a dog's digestive system. But this reference says, "The antidiarrheal activity of guava buds and leaves has been reported in pet dogs." So, it seems that some people have fed guava leaves and buds to dogs without ill effects. Then again, it seems possible the antidiarrheal effect could be constipating. 

So, what's the bottom line? On the whole, it seems most wise to avoid the skin, seeds, leaves and buds of guava when feeding your dog. Just give your dog the flesh of the fruit.

What Types of Guava are Safe for Your Dog?

There are many types of guava:

  • Apple guava. This is a common type of guava that bears a resemblance to a pear.
  • Pineapple guava. The green oval-shaped fruit has a flavor with notes of pineapple and mint, thus its name. The flesh is yellowish. 
  • White guava. This type of guava looks a bit like a green apple or a pear and has white flesh with a creamy consistency. If you like sweet guava fruits, this variety may be one of your favorites. 
  • Red guava. This is the type of guava that has a green rind and pink flesh.
  • Thai guava. This guava type can have bumpy or smooth green skin and white flesh.

Every type of guava is safe for your dog to eat in moderation. You can feed your dog fresh or dried guava.  

But wait, what about guava paste? Is that safe for dogs?

The answer to this question is "no."

Why isn't guava paste safe for dogs when guava itself is safe? The reason is that it is packed with sugar. All that sugar is just too much.

The same issue exists with any form of sweetened guava yogurt. But even unsweetened yogurt may not be wise to feed your dog for other reasons (i.e., lactose issues).

Health Benefits of Guava for Dogs

Strawberry Guava

Strawberry Guava  / Jim Brennan / Flickr

 Here are some potential health benefits for guava for your pet:

  • Guava is rich in nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese. 
  • Because guava is high in fiber, it may help promote digestive regularity (unless you overdo it).
  • The vitamin C in guava may help promote a healthy immune system.
  • Thanks to its vitamin A and K content, guava may help to support healthy eyes, bones, and blood clotting.
  • Magnesium may be good for a pet that has stiff or aching muscles.

How Many Guavas Can Your Dog Eat?

As a general rule, snacks and treats should comprise a maximum of 10% of your dog's daily calories. But hold on—does that mean that 10% of what your dog eats on any given day can be guava? No.

Why? Well, for one thing, there is such a thing as too much fiber.

For another, guava contains a considerable amount of sugar. So, if you give your dog more than small amounts of guava, you will be giving him too much sugar. At that point, guava will no longer be a healthy treat. 

So, what amount is suitable? We suggest a few small pieces a couple of times a week at most. 

How to Give Guava to Your Dog

What is the correct way to feed your pet guava? Here are the steps.

1. Remove the rind if you do not want your dog eating it. This may be best the first time you give your pet guava. And if you do want to test the rind, only feed your dog a tiny bit the first time to see how he reacts.

2. Take out the guava seeds and get rid of those.

3. Cut some small pieces of the guava fruit and feed a couple to your dog.

4. Enjoy eating the rest of the guava fruit yourself. 

The first time you feed your dog guava, go with one little piece. See how that goes. If he likes it and doesn't react badly in any way, you can give him a little more next time. 

Did You Feed Your Dog Too Much Guava?

If your dog does typically fine with guava, but you notice he is displaying signs of digestive unease, that may mean you overdid it. Too much fruit may lead to symptoms like cramping, bloating, or loose stools.

Can a Dog Be Allergic to Guava?

One of the reasons it is important to introduce guava with just a small piece is because guava can cause allergies.

Guava allergies in humans are pretty commonplace. We don't know how prevalent they are in the canine community, but it is feasible that a dog could have this allergy. So, after you feed your dog guava for the first time, be on the lookout for signs of a reaction.

How will you know if your dog is allergic? You might notice hives or itching, infections of the paws or ears, facial swelling, or indigestion.

If you don't notice any of those symptoms, your dog should be able to enjoy allergy-free guava safely. 

Conclusion: Guava is a Safe, Tasty, Nutritious Treat for Your Dog in Small Portions

Let's rewind and revisit what we have just learned about guava and dogs.

Guava comes in several different varieties, and all of them are safe for dogs to eat. Guavas are dense with nutrition, so they are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals for dogs.

But because guava fruits are high in sugar, they are only appropriate for canines in small amounts.

So, feel free to share your next guava fruit with your dog. Just make sure you don't give him too much. In moderation, this tropical fruit can be a delicious and healthy addition to his diet!

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