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Yes, dogs can eat dates safely, and they make a very healthy snack for your dog. Dates have a high sugar content, so it is best to feed them to your dog sparingly. However, this healthy snack can be given a couple of times a week without worrying. Dates help improve the immune system and digestive system of your dog.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe in small quantities
Nutritional Value Rich in vitamins, high fiber, low-cholesterol
Potential Risks Choking hazard, diabetes, weight gain
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How to Feed Dates to Dogs?

Dogs cannot eat an entire date like us and take the pit out of their mouths themselves. You see, dates have a pit inside, and it is important to remove them before serving your dog. The pit is not toxic but can pose a choking hazard, especially for a small dog. It may also cause an intestinal blockage which can be dangerous.

TIP: Some dogs will just gobble down things without chewing. If your dog is the same, cut dates into smaller pieces before feeding them.

You can mix up the dates with your dog’s kibble or prepare a homemade treat for them using dates, so you always have a healthy snack on hand for your dog.

How Many Dates Can Dogs Eat?

Half a date to two dates twice a week are more than enough for your doggy. Always remember to feed your dog according to their weight and size. You can determine their size through a dog size chart, so you know how much your dog needs to eat based on the calories they require per day.

Also, as we always say, snacks and treats should only contribute 10 percent of your dog’s daily calories.

We can tell you a safe amount of food your dog can eat, but you know what they have been eating all day. So, if they have already had a little bit of a sweet treat, adjust the quantity accordingly to ensure your dog stays fit and fine.

Regular consumption of sweet treats like dates can lead to diabetes, obesity, or dental issues, which is why it is important to feed your dog dates in moderation.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Many Dates

If your dog eats too many dates, they will likely experience vomiting and loose stools. Since dates are quite high in fiber, eating a lot of dates can cause diarrhea and dehydration.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, dogs are not toxic to dates and can safely consume them. However, when feeding your dog dates, remember to remove the pit because it can cause them to choke or create an intestinal blockage.

  • Yes, dried dates are safe for dog consumption. Dried dates can be sweeter than regular dates, so make sure to adjust the quantity when feeding your dog.

  • Dates have numerous different types. All types of dates are safe for dogs. Remember to adjust the quantity if certain types of dates are sweeter than others.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.