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Yes, dogs can eat persimmons safely. The exotic fruit is full of minerals like potassium and folic acid, as well as vitamins C and K. Persimmons are high in fiber and aid your dog in digesting their food properly. When serving, remove the seeds, so the fruit isn’t heavy on your dog’s stomach.

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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 if seedless and in moderation
Nutritional Value  Antioxidants, high in fiber, minerals and vitamins
Potential Risk Allergic reaction, upset stomach, inflammation, intestinal blockage
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 Persimmons Are Safe for Dogs?

A small dog can eat a small slice of persimmon. In comparison, a large dog can safely consume a few slices of one persimmon.

When feeding persimmons, you must note that some dogs can be allergic. In that case, even a few bites can cause an allergic reaction in dogs.

TIP: Always do an allergy test before introducing new food to your dog’s diet. Remember not to introduce more than one food type at a time. After a week of a smooth drive, you can incorporate the food into your dog’s diet.

How to Feed Persimmons to Dogs Safely?

Here is how you can safely feed your dog persimmon:

  1. Rotten fruit can harm your dog,so make sure the persimmon is fresh.
  2. Thoroughly wash the fruit to ensure you have gotten rid of any dirt or pesticides.
  3. Cut off the stem and leaves.
  4. Cut the persimmon into small pieces
  5. Remove the seed or pit to ensure the fruit is easily digested.
  6. Serve to your dog in small bite-sized chunks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, persimmon skin is safe for dogs. In fact, the whole fruit is non-toxic, but it is better to remove the seed since it can cause digestive issues in your dog.

  • If your dog has eaten a persimmon, they will likely experience digestive problems because of intestinal blockage. It is best to take your doctor to the vet when you are concerned about something they have eaten.

  • Dogs can react adversely to unripe persimmons and can cause gastrointestinal blockage. Always feed your dog fresh, ripened food to avoid any issues.

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.