Wondering if you can feed your dog passion fruit? Well, if you are looking for a short and simple answer, it is "no." Technically, the flesh of the fruit itself is not toxic to canines. Still, other parts of the fruit are, and separating them out is difficult or close to impossible. For that reason, it is recommended that you keep your pet away from passion fruit.
How Much Passion Fruit Can Your Dog Eat?
If you were going to feed your dog passion fruit, you would only want to provide very small amounts. It would be critical for them to be completely ripe and to contain absolutely zero seeds.
As this is not particularly realistic or convenient, we suggest that you simply do not feed your dog passion fruit.
Health Benefits of Passion Fruit for Dogs
According to nutrition data for passion fruit, this fruit is high in protein and contains ample amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, and minerals.
Nevertheless, there are better sources of these nutrients for your dog, which do not pose the dangers of passion fruit.
Are There Concerns? Yes
Veterinarian Dr. Kara explains, "Passion fruit is not toxic for dogs and can be fed to them in small amounts. The problem is that their seeds, like apple seeds and cherry pits, do contain cyanide … The other issue is that even healthy fruits, when eaten in excess, can lead to diarrhea due to excess sugar and fiber levels."
As there are many seeds in passion fruit, it can be challenging to make sure that you have removed all of them to be safe for your dog.
How to Feed Your Dog Passion Fruit
If your dog is particularly fond of passion fruit, and you are intent on allowing him to enjoy it, you will need to carefully take care of the preparation.
Scoop out the passion fruit's flesh from the rind and discard the rind (make sure that your dog cannot get at it, as it is toxic).
Next, carefully remove the seeds and throw them away, again making sure that your dog cannot get at them.
You can then give your dog a little bit of the passion fruit flesh after making sure that it is ripe enough to eat safely. Make it a treat rather than a regular meal component.
Conclusion: Passion Fruit is Largely Unsafe for Dogs
Now you know why the topic of passion fruit safety for dogs is a complicated one. In small, careful servings that contain no rind or seeds, ripe passion fruit is okay for your dog to eat.
But because it is a challenge to get rid of all of the seeds, it doesn’t make for a convenient treat. That’s why we recommend sticking with safer fruits for your dog.