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No, star fruit is unsafe for dogs and should be avoided. Star fruit is toxic to dogs and can cause star fruit poisoning. This is because of the presence of soluble calcium oxalate crystals in the fruit. If your small dog has eaten even a bit of starfruit, take them to the vet to ensure their safety.

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Dangerous: This food is generally considered a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of dogs. Please contact your vet, a veterinary hospital or pet poison control if you suspect your dog has eaten this food recently.

Why Can’t Dogs Eat Star Fruit?

Star fruit contains oxalic acid and oxalic salts. These are toxic substances for dogs, and foods that contain them should be kept away from them     .

A dog’s intestinal tract absorbs these oxalate salts, which bond with the      calcium in the body. This causes the calcium to decrease quickly and can result in acute kidney failure.

TIP: Incorporate safe fruits in your dog’s diet, like blueberries, watermelon, or green apples, to ensure you provide your dog with a healthy and nutritious diet.

How Much Star Fruit is Dangerous for Dogs?

Star fruit less than an ounce is harmful to your dog.

Star Fruit poisoning can occur with just a few bites. Hence, consider storing star fruit out of reach of your dog. When disposing of the fruit, make sure that your dog can’t get their paws on it in the trash.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, star fruit should not be fed to a dog. Contact a vet immediately if your dog has eaten a star fruit.

  • Grapes, avocados, and cherries are some fruits other than star fruit that are toxic for dogs. Before feeding your dog any food, it is best to consult your vet so you can make an informed decision and provide your dog with a healthy diet.

  • If your dog has eaten star fruit, it is best not to wait for symptoms to show up. See a vet immediately, or take them to the pet ER if a vet is unavailable.

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.