Skip to main content

Can dogs eat mango? Read this first

Find out if this tropical fruit is safe for your pup

australian shepherd in a field of flowers
Pexels User / Pexels

As humans, we love to share with our dogs. Perhaps your pet snuggles up to you in bed, sharing — or stealing — your blankets. Sharing experiences, like holiday activities, can also be a fun way to bond.

Food can get dicier, though. Some human-favorite items, like chocolate, are toxic for dogs. Others make fine (and even healthy) treats. If mango is your favorite fruit, you might want to slip your pet some. Also, your dog might always be around the fruit and sneak some off your plate. Can dogs eat mango safely? Generally, the answer to this question is yes, but there are some caveats. Also, correctly serving a mango is critical. Before throwing your dog a piece of this sweet fruit, here’s what to know.

a dog in the kitchen looking up at woman drinking coffee
Samson Katt / Pexels

Can dogs eat mango?

Generally, dogs can safely consume mango fruit. This answer may be a relief if your pup ate some mango or if you simply couldn’t resist those adorable puppy-dog eyes and forked over a slice. Mango contains some vitamins and nutrients that are good for people and pups alike, such as:

  • Fiber for digestion (too much can trigger discomfort and bloating, though)
  • Vitamin A for bones, vision, and immune health
  • Vitamin B6 for glucose levels, immune response, and red blood cell count
  • Vitamin C for immune response
  • Vitamin E for coat and skin health

Now, we should note: Your dog gets all the nutrients they need from a high-quality food appropriate for their weight and age. Your dog’s vet can point you in the right direction if you’re struggling to find one.

About 90% of a pet’s daily caloric intake should come from their regular food. The remaining 10% can be treats, including healthier options like mango.

a dog begging for food at the table
Zen Chung / Pexels

How to serve mango to your dog

Before serving mango to your dog, talk to your vet. While most pups can safely consume mango, others should steer clear. For instance, pets that are overweight may do best with standard food or fewer treats. Dogs with diabetes may not do well with the natural sugar in mango. If your dog doctor green lights serving your sweet pup this sweet fruit, follow these tips:

  1. Remove skin and pits. The skin and pit of the mango are choking hazards. If your dog swallows these mango parts, they can also get lodged in your pet’s digestive tract.
  2. Cut the mango into small pieces. This step also reduces choking risks and helps with portion control. Naturally, a Great Dane can have more mango daily than a Chihuahua.
  3. Watch your dog. If your dog experiences vomiting or changes in bowel movements, mango might not be the best treat for them. Also, you want to ensure your dog is still eating their standard diet and should reduce or stop giving them mango if this treat prompts appetite changes.
Ivan Babydov / Pexels

Final thoughts

If you love mango and want to let your dog take a taste, we have some good news: Mango is usually safe for dogs to consume in small portions. The sweet fruit also contains nutrients like fiber and vitamins that support everything from digestive health to the immune system. Still, everything a dog needs is in their food, which should comprise most of their diet. Consider mango a treat. It’s a good idea to ask your vet before feeding your dog human food and stop treating your pet with anything that triggers GI upset.

BethAnn Mayer
Beth Ann's work has appeared on healthline.com and parents.com. In her spare time, you can find her running (either marathons…
Can dogs eat blueberries? What you should know about offering them as a treat
We'll also cover which fruits Fido can and can't eat
A puppy eating blueberries from a terra cotta bowl with strawberries next to them

Certain foods we eat, like spicy chili and garlic-laden pasta, are obviously unsafe for dogs. You might think fruit is safe for your pup across the board, but some fruits, such as grapes, raisins, and persimmons, can cause everything from diarrhea to seizures — and potentially even death. However, many fruits are nutritious and high in fiber, so how do you know which ones are safe to give your pup as a treat?

You've come to the right place if you've ever wondered, "Can dogs eat blueberries?" We'll give you the scoop on whether your pooch can enjoy these nutrient-rich berries as a tasty treat. 
Are blueberries toxic to dogs? 

Read more
Can dogs have watermelon? What to know before summer barbecues
How to prepare this refreshing fruit for dogs
A small black dog stands next to a whole watermelon on a sofa

There are so many reasons to love the summer months, from longer daylight hours to delicious fresh produce. Many fruits and vegetables are in season when the weather warms up, and that means so many more ways to liven up a go-to meal. Some fruits, like watermelon, make a wonderful snack no matter how you prepare them, and it's only natural to want to share this fruit with a begging furry friend.
But can dogs have watermelon? You may already know the answer, but this is what you need to consider before tossing your buddy a bite at the next summer barbecue.

Can dogs have watermelon? What you need to know

Read more
10 human foods that are safe for your dog to devour
Stick with these healthy options so your buddy doesn't get sick
Someone in the background feeds a dog table scraps from the table

We get it, pet parents — it can be hard to resist your fur baby’s begging. With those big, sweet eyes and their heart-melting tricks, how could you not share table scraps with your dog? What’s even trickier, though, is knowing which foods are safe to eat with your dog.
Luckily, there are many people foods that are safe — and even healthy — for dogs to snack on. From meats to produce and even dairy, there's more variety than you may think. These human foods for dogs are easy to find at any grocery store too, so you won’t have to work incredibly hard to keep your pup happy and his tummy full. Maybe you can even share off your plate!
Here are 10 safe human foods for dogs:

1. Cooked chicken, turkey, and beef

Read more