Dogs cannot be poisoned by cherries in general, even black cherries. However, dogs cannot withstand the cyanide found in their pit, leaves, or stems. Take care that your dog doesn’t consume these cherry parts.
Fresh cherries are perfectly fine for healthy puppies and adult dogs—in small portions—once the pit, leaves, and stem are removed. Just keep in mind that puppies may be more sensitive to the sugar content than an adult dog because of their more delicate stomachs. It is important to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any new foods, especially those labeled as “people foods.” Depending on a number of variables, including your dog’s age, medical history, current ailments, and diet, what works for one dog might not work for yours. Treats or other foods should not be given to dogs following a prescription diet.
Cherries are a safe fruit for dogs to eat when given in moderation, and they can be an excellent source of nutrients like:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Verify that the cherries are clean, unprocessed, and fresh. Also, take out the pit and remove the stems and leaves. The chart below indicates that they should be administered in small doses.
Are Cherries Hazardous to Dogs?
Because of their high sugar content, cherries may upset your dog’s stomach. Overindulging in sugary foods over time can cause your dog to develop diabetes, obesity, hip and joint issues, and other health issues.
Due to their high sugar content, cherries should not be given to obese or diabetic dogs.
The fact that cherries’ pits, stems, and leaves all contain cyanide, much like apple seeds, is a far greater cause for concern when it comes to cherries. Dogs can become extremely toxic if they consume cyanide.
Depending on the dog’s size and whether they chewed or just swallowed the cherry pits, a certain number of pits will cause harm. The middle seed in the pit contains cyanide, which can be released by chewing the pits.
Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include:
Overdraft of breath
- appetite decline
- Excessive breathing
- breathing difficulties
- Sighing in anticipation
- stomach ache
- flamboyantly red gums
- dilated eyes
- throwing up
- The diarrhea
In the event that your dog has consumed any cherry pits, stems, or leaves, or if any of the aforementioned symptoms appear in your dog, take them to the veterinarian right away.
Remember that a cherry’s pit, stems, and leaves can also obstruct the digestive tract or present a choking hazard.
Can Dogs Eat Dried Cherries?
A healthy dog could have small portions of dried cherries. However, using a dehydrator at home to make them is the best option. Store-bought dried fruit frequently has additives like preservatives, added sugar that can cause stomachaches, or toxic xylitol for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Maraschino Cherries?
Dogs cannot be poisoned by maraschino cherries, but they are also not a healthy treat. They contain a lot of added sugar and additional preservatives, which may cause upset stomach in your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Cherry Yogurt?
Yogurt with cherry flavor isn’t a good treat for your dog. Any type of flavored yogurt will contain excessive amounts of sugar, potentially harmful ingredients like xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs, as well as preservatives or other artificial additives.
Can Dogs Eat Cherry Ice Cream?
The same holds true for ice cream with a cherry taste. It simply contains too much sugar for your dog to handle. Furthermore, it might contain additional additives, preservatives, or even the canine poison xylitol.
How Many Cherries Can Dogs Eat?
Only 10% of a dog’s daily diet should consist of treats, even for healthy dogs; the remaining 90% should come from a diet of dog food that is well-balanced.
See this list for general recommendations on how many cherries is a safe amount to feed your dog. Despite their small size, cherries should always be cut into halves or quarters before giving them to your dog, especially if they are a smaller breed.
- One cherry for an extra-small dog (2–20 pounds)
- (Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Pugs, and Shih Tzus are a few examples.)
- Little dog (between 21 and 30 pounds): up to two cherry
- (Beagles, Basenjis, and miniature Australian Shepherds are a few examples.)
- Up to four cherries for a medium dog (31–50 pounds)
- (Basset Hounds, Border Collies, Australian Cattle Dogs, and Siberian Huskies are a few examples.)
- 51–90 pound large dogs = up to five cherries
- (Pit bulls, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Australian Shepherds are a few examples.)
- Giant dog (91 pounds or more) = handful of cherries
- (For instance, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Pyrenees, St. Bernards, and Newfoundlands.)
If you’re concerned that your dog may have consumed too many cherries, keep an eye out for these signs of upset stomach:
- The diarrhea
- throwing up
- Absence of hunger
- a sore or enlarged stomach
Get in touch with your veterinarian if your dog exhibits any of these symptoms.
How to Safely Feed Your Dog Cherries
Give your dog only freshly picked, unprocessed cherries that have been cleaned, sliced into small pieces, and free of pits, stems, or leaves.
After you’ve finished that, see the creative ways to feed cherries to your dog that are provided below.
Cherry Fruit Smoothie
Add some cherry pieces to a fruit smoothie along with other dog-safe fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and bananas. After that, you can freeze this mixture to use later in your dog’s Kong toy or give it to your dog as a treat on its own. For every ten pounds of dog, give your dog no more than two tablespoons of smoothie.
Cherry Yogurt or Frozen Yogurt
Blend sugar-free, plain yogurt without xylitol and cherry pieces. Add other dog-safe fruits as well. Then give it to your dog in the form of fruit yogurt. Alternatively, freeze the fruit pieces the night before and mix them with the plain yogurt to make a frozen yogurt treat that is suitable for dogs. Limit the amount of yogurt you give your dog to two tablespoons for every ten pounds of dog..
Stuffed KONG Toy
Put any of the aforementioned mixtures inside the Kong toy for your dog. You can freeze it overnight for a cool treat later, or your dog can lick it clean. Recall that frozen treats help your dog stay busy for extended periods of time. This may also aid in teething puppies.
You can make dried cherries at home using a dehydrator of your own. They won’t have as much added sugar and will be far healthier than dried cherries from the store.