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Yes, figs are safe for dogs to eat. In fact, the exotic fruit is packed with nutrients that help your dog stay healthy. Fresh figs are quite sweet, so always remember to offer this delicious treat in moderation and only occasionally. If your dog somehow ends up eating lots of figs, they will probably have an upset stomach.

Can Dogs Eat Figs
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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 moderation
Nutritional Value Dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium, iron, vitamins A, C, and K
Potential Risks Upset tummy, allergic reaction, diabetes
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Figs Can Dogs Eat?

If this is your dog’s first time trying dates, start small. Give your dog just a few bites of figs. When introducing a new food, focus on one type for a week. Do not introduce any other new food during this week.

If your dog does not experience any adverse reactions or show any signs of allergies, you can start feeding them figs.

If your dog is small, you can offer them half a fig. However, if you have a large dog, they can enjoy one or two figs safely. Only offer your dog figs once or twice a month.

Although figs are healthy, you should not feed them to your dog regularly. Your dog might ask you for more since they are yummy treats but stand your ground and say no to those adorable eyes. Regular consumption of figs can lead to diabetes and obesity.

Additionally, having excessive sweet treats can also create dental problems for your dog.

TIP: If you have a fig tree at home or there is one nearby, keep your curious dog away from it. All parts of the tree are highly toxic to dogs and can cause fig poisoning.

How to Feed Figs to Your Dog?

Simply wash figs thoroughly and cut them into small pieces, making them easier to swallow and digest.

Even though throwing food in the air to see your dog catch is quite fun, and your dog really is a good dog for catching it, this can be dangerous since they might choke on the food.

Your large dog might be able to safely eat large pieces, but cutting them into smaller pieces will be good for them and will prevent any choking possibilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, dogs can safely consume dried figs. However, you should consider sticking to fresh figs since dried figs are higher in sugar and calories.

  • No, Fig Newtons are high in sugar content and are best avoided. Although if your dog gets their paws on a piece, they are unlikely to experience an adverse reaction.

  • No, figs are not toxic to dogs. They are quite healthy and a good snack for your dog to eat occasionally. However, it is important to note that fig trees are unsafe for dogs, and it is best to ensure your dog stays away from them.

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.