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Yes, dogs can eat guava in moderate quantities as an occasional treat. Guava is packed with vitamins such as C and A, improving your dog’s cell functions and immune system. However, avoid feeding your dog guava seeds as it can be a choking hazard.

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Beneficial: This food is generally considered beneficial by the veterinary community. Dogs can get nutritional value from this food if added to a dogs regular diet.

Food Safety Safe in moderation
Nutritional Value Vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, fiber, potassium
Potential Risks High in carbs, guava seeds are considered a choking hazard
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Is Guava Good for Dogs?

Yes, guava is good for dogs in limited amounts. Here are a few benefits:

  • Fiber. The fiber content in guava can help improve digestion and bowel movements.
  • Antioxidants. The high levels of antioxidants in guava may help protect your dog’s body from free radical damage and may even have an anti-cancer effect.
  • Vitamins. Guava is packed with vitamins A and C. Vitamin A helps support your dog’s vision, while Vitamin C may help avoid infections by strengthening the immune system.
  • Potassium. Guava is chock-full of potassium which can helps the nerves and muscle function properly.

How Much Guava Is Good for Dogs?

A few slices per day is generally sufficient for the average dog, but it’s wise to start with a smaller amount to see if they like it and how they react. Be sure that slices or pieces of guava are a part of the ripe section of the guava because the softer parts are easier to chew, swallow and digest. Feeding them too much daily can cause diarrhea, intestinal cramps, and vomiting.

Frequently Asked Questions About Guava for Dogs

  • Yes, guava skin is safe-to-eat for dogs but it may be hard to digest. Dogs have a low tolerance for fiber2 so, it would be best to avoid feeding them an entire guava. Instead, remove some skin and all seeds and feed them only the fleshy juicy parts.

  • While guava leaves can be boiled with water to make guava tea, only humans should consume them. For dogs, guava leaves offer no benefits and can lead to an upset stomach or diarrhea.

  • Yes, dogs can eat strawberry guava in moderate amounts. However, overfeeding them can lead to diarrhea or vomiting.

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About the Writer
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.