We all know about the infamous Fig Newton cookie or bar, but have you enjoyed one of these and wondered if you can share it with your dog? Can dogs eat figs? Do they benefit from figs the same way that humans do?
Happy, the short answer is yes; dogs can eat figs, and they do benefit from them nutritionally, but only in very small and controlled doses. As with many other fruits, the rest of the fig plant isn’t healthy to ingest, but trace toxicity doesn’t taint the fruit.
Before incorporating figs into your dog’s diet, however, you must consult with your veterinarian. This is especially important if your dog is diabetic, as most fruits are a bad idea.
To help you prepare for a conversation with your veterinarian, here are some simple facts about dogs and figs. Your vet can help you shape a healthy and happy diet for your best friend.
How Are Figs Safe For Dogs?
For humans, figs are nutrient-dense, versatile, and aid in blood pressure management. But do dogs benefit in the same kinds of ways? For the most part, they do! But they need moderation.
Figs provide natural sugars that aid in sustained energy for your dog and are an excellent source of fiber. Safe foods that are rich in fiber keep your dog feeling full and aid in digestion.
If your dog suffers from constipation or could use an energy boost, figs could be a superb dietary inclusion.
Furthermore, figs are an amazing source of potassium. If your dog is suffering from something like chronic hypertension, this sometimes indicates that they are potassium-deficient. Figs could help correct this imbalance.
Something like chronic hypertension, however, should not be self-diagnosed. This should be properly diagnosed by a veterinarian using bloodwork.
Before incorporating figs into your dog’s diet for any reason, or even as just a treat, a thorough discussion with your vet is the safest call.
How Can I Safely Give Figs To My Dog?
Too many figs are bad for your dog and will negate the nutritional benefits.
Sugar in large amounts is never a good idea, nor is fiber. This can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and compounding digestion issues. Thankfully, this is easy to avoid.
If both you and your vet decide that figs could be of benefit to your dog, they’ll likely advise you to feed in small doses. Maybe one or two figs, twice a week.
From there, you’ll be on allergy watch. Starting out with just one fig, or one small piece of new food, is usually a good practice. Then, keep an eye out for allergic reactions.
Rashes on the skin, or within the mouth, are a sure sign, as well as itchy eyes or coughing and wheezing. Minor symptoms can become major ones, though. If any symptoms present themselves, seek veterinary care.
Have you ever shared figs with your dog? Did your pooch enjoy the taste? Let us know in the comments below.