Apricots taste good to many people because they are very sweet without any significant acidity. Even dogs who like sweets often have no objection to apricots. But is it even healthy for dogs if you adequately give them a few apricots?
Can dogs eat apricots?
Yes, dogs are allowed to eat apricots, because ripe apricots are quite healthy for dogs. If you limit yourself to a small amount, there is no reason not to feed them. A bit of caution is advisable because of the kernels, but apart from that apricots are perfect for snacking – especially on the go or as an “electrolyte snack” during exercise.
Caution – the seeds contain hydrogen cyanide
Apricot kernels contain amygdalin. The substance, also known as vitamin B 17, has gained notoriety in the recent past because cancer patients who had received naturopathic treatment with apricot kernels subsequently died.
The effectiveness of the substance against cancer has not yet been proven with certainty. What is certain, however, is that amygdalin is digested into toxic hydrogen cyanide in the body. Therefore, dogs should not swallow the apricot kernels if possible.
There is no specific information on how many apricot kernels can have a poisonous or even fatal effect on dogs. It is, therefore, safest to only feed the apricots without the seeds and to prevent self-service.
If a dog shows signs of illness after consuming apricot kernels, you should consult a veterinarian immediately and point out that the dog may have swallowed apricot kernels.
Do dogs have allergies to apricots?
Dogs can be allergic to apricots. On the one hand, it may be a primary allergy to apricots. On the other hand, cross allergies can also occur. This is not entirely unlikely, especially for people with birch pollen allergies.
In this case, your dog may not be able to tolerate other stone and pome fruits either – starting with plums and peaches. Better to pay close attention to whether he starts coughing, scratching, or possibly showing circulatory problems after you’ve given him apricots.
Vitamins in the apricot
There is a lot of vitamins in apricots: Vitamin A, which the organism uses for the eyes and skin. In addition, there are all vitamins in the B group except for vitamin B 12.
In addition, there is a high content of vitamin E, which is often described as the cell protection vitamin. It blocks so-called “free radicals”, which are made responsible for damaging changes in various cells.
Vitamin E also helps against inflammation processes and can protect your dog’s memory.
Vitamin E is mentioned again and again in connection with cancer therapies. However, there is no clinical evidence that it can fight cancer cells in dogs or humans.
However, recent research shows an increased risk of some types of cancer in patients with a vitamin E oversupply. A dog that occasionally nibbles on an apricot cannot penetrate these areas.
Apricots also provide vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting. It is essential because wounds or internal injuries cannot heal without vitamin K.
High mineral content
The list of minerals found in apricots is headed by potassium. The electrolyte is an important messenger substance for the transmission of stimuli from nerve cells. That’s why athletic dogs need a little more of it because it is also involved in the transmission of stimuli to the nerves of the muscles.
Besides, potassium is especially important for regulating your dog’s water balance. Too much potassium has an excessively dehydrating effect, a drastic excess can lead to disorders of the muscles and the heart muscle and thus be life-threatening.
This would be to be feared if you regularly give your four-legged friend large quantities of dried apricots.
The dog can use calcium from apricots for teeth and bones. The calcium-phosphorus ratio of apricots is unfavorable, which is why dogs should not be fed regularly.
Magnesium, which protects muscles from cramps, is also found in apricots. There are also the trace elements zinc, copper, and manganese – they mainly serve the function of the immune system.
The sugar contained in apricots develops from starch compounds during ripening. The starch is difficult for dogs to digest, so it is better to give dogs only ripe apricots.
Apricots are also really healthy because they contain a lot of fiber, which has a stimulating effect on digestion.
All nutrients in concentrated form: dried apricots
Dried apricots are practically a super concentrate of apricots. The nucleus and fluid are missing, but everything else is still there. That’s why they are true potassium and sugar bombs if you look at the dry weight.
If your dog occasionally nibbles a dried apricot, that’s not a problem, but you should only give it intentionally if you want to specifically dehydrate the dog or to stimulate digestion in the event of constipation.
Apricot jam or compote for dogs
Jam or other preparations usually contain a lot of additional sugar, which is of course not healthy for dogs. If the calories are not a problem because the dog’s weight is normal, a dollop of apricot jam won’t do any harm.
The main advantage of processed fruits is that harmful kernels have already been removed.
Since ripe apricots have a very short life expectancy, simply boiling them down quickly before they spoil is often not the worst solution. In that case, of course, you have the added sugar in your own hands.
What about similar types of fruit?
For the relatives of the apricot from the rose family, the following applies in general: be careful with the kernels. They contain almost all hydrocyanic acid or substances that are converted into hydrocyanic acid during the digestive process.
This is especially true for cherries, but also nectarines, peaches, and apples. Because of their small size, apple kernels are less toxic. If your dog is fond of apricots, peaches, and nectarines without seeds are sure to taste good too.
Is there dog food with apricots?
Apricots can be found in ready-made dog food. The canned food Herrmann’s spring menu – the seasonal variety – contains goose meat, apricots, pineapple, banana, and potatoes. The manufacturer uses ingredients of organic quality.
There is a surprising amount in the small fruits
The list of nutrients it contains is remarkable and it clearly shows that apricots are in principle very healthy for dogs. When well matured, the starches won’t cause gas either.
If you now take a little more care so that your four-legged friend does not get any seeds or get too many apricots, you can certainly make him happy with the delicious fruits, but certainly nothing wrong.