In this article you will know the answer to the query “Can Dogs Eat Mangosteen?“.
- What is the nutrition in Mangosteens?
- Why are Mangosteens good for dogs?
- Why are Mangosteens bad for dogs?
- Can dogs eat a Mangosteen rind?
- How much Mangosteen should I feed my dog?
- Can I buy fresh Mangosteens?
- Can dogs eat canned mangosteen?
- Can dogs eat Mangosteen powder or capsules?
- What are good alternatives for Mangosteens?
- Can Dogs Eat Mangosteen? (Watch Video)
The mangosteen fruit is native to SouthEast Asia and India. It is said to taste similar to a mix of peach strawberry and lychee.
Florida has started to grow the trees as well in recent years.
In addition to tasting like a combination of fruits the taste is also meant to be sweet and sour.
Almost like a bag of sweets from Haribo- or not!
They remind me most of a horse chestnut because of their thick rinds.
Horse chestnuts have a green rind whereas mangosteens have a dark purple rind.
A conkers dark brown is in contrast.
The Mangosteens seeds are white and when opened they resemble segments of a tangerine.
Regardless of their appearance and taste to us.
Does our dog have the ability to eat them?
What is the nutrition in Mangosteens?
Mangosteens are relatively low in calories and fat but they are bursting with nutrients.
In terms of vitamins mangosteens contain plenty of vitamin C as well as vitamins B1 B2 and B9.
Manganese copper and magnesium dominate the list of minerals present in this fruit.
Providing a long list of vitamins and minerals that might or might not benefit your dog isnot enough.
In the next section I will discuss how these nutrients can benefit your dog.
Why are Mangosteens good for dogs?
From a very young age the benefits of fruit are drilled into us.
Are our dogs treated the same way?
The question of whether or not dogs would eat fruit without the help of humans remains open but there is no doubt that mangosteens are rich in vitamins and minerals.
As far as our dogs are concerned vitamin C is an interesting vitamin.
Dogs produce this vitamin in their livers.
Nevertheless an additional boost of vitamin C would not harm them.
Any dog that is physically or emotionally stressed could really benefit from adding vitamin C to its diet.
A dogs ability to synthesize vitamin C is impaired by anxiety and exhaustion.
There are several ways in which B vitamins are important for a dogs health.
Each of the 12 different B vitamins has a specific role to play in the health of your dog as you may or may not know.
Briefly stated B vitamins are essential for healthy metabolism and individual cells in the body.
In terms of minerals manganese is important for a dog to have strong tissues between their bones.
Copper helps to keep the nervous system healthy.
Furthermore magnesium supports the nervous system as well as assists with energy production.
In what way can mangosteens be harmful to dogs?
What do you think? Lets find out shall we?
Why are Mangosteens bad for dogs?
Unless I wanted to make a big deal about dogs eating mangosteens there isnot anything wrong with dogs eating them.
The sugar content of fruits makes them unsuitable for dogs so they should only be given in very small amounts or very rarely.
They contain quite a lot of fiber so if they eat too many of them at once they might become constipated
There are some disadvantages to mangosteens but none of these relate to how healthy they are to eat.
It has to do with how hard it is to get a hold of them.
We’ll talk more about that later.
Can dogs eat a Mangosteen rind?
Almost all vegetables and fruits have edible rinds or skins; its just that they tend to be much tougher and more bitter than the flesh.
The reason for this is good.
All fruits and vegetables contain the majority of their nutrients in their skin or rind.
Fresh fruit skins for instance contain up to 30% more fiber than the flesh.
That does not mean your dog is out of the woods yet.
As far as fruits go the rind of mangosteen is especially tough.
Even though the rind might not be toxic it might be a choking hazard for smaller dogs or dogs that are not interested in chewing their food.
You can feed it to your dog.
Be sure to rinse the skin with water first in case there are any nasty chemicals lurking on it.
How much Mangosteen should I feed my dog?
There should be enough calories and nutrients in your dogs main meals.
You should feed them only very limited quantities of anything else including tropical fruits such as these.
As mangosteens are divided into satsuma-like segments you can realistically feed your dog about one or two of these.
The reason you should not give your dog any mangosteens anymore is not that they are unhealthy but because they are hard to find and expensive in the U.S.
The following sections follow naturally from that.
In this article I will discuss mangosteen prices and availability.
Can I buy fresh Mangosteens?
You will have a difficult time finding fresh mangosteen at the supermarket.
I have looked on several websites but they do not seem to be available.
Nevertheless you can purchase anything on Amazon.
The situation may be different in Florida since mangosteens are grown there.
Thus you have two options: buying from an online fruit seller or visiting a nearby Asian market and hoping to find some fresh ones.
There were no mangosteens available now because they werenot in season at the specialist fruit sellers I found online.
From May to September there is a growing season.
In addition mangosteen is an expensive fruit that can cost you around $137 for a 4 lb box.
If you must add mangosteen to your dogs diet it is available in a variety of forms- cans powders and capsules.
Can dogs eat canned mangosteen?
Even though I have been very positive up until this point about the positive effects mangosteen can have on your dog the canned variety is where I draw the line.
It has nothing to do with mangosteen.
Its not a good idea to feed your dog canned fruit.
The reason for this is that mangosteens are kept fresh by sitting in syrup.
The syrup is simply thick sugar water that dramatically increases the sugar content of fruit.
Mangosteen in canned form should be avoided.
Donot panic there are still other options.
Can dogs eat Mangosteen powder or capsules?
Dog owners can purchase mangosteen powder or capsules as a health supplement although the supplement is not specifically designed to cater to the needs of dogs.
Mangosteen is the only ingredient in the powder or capsules so theres no reason not to give them to your dog.
There are no additives or preservatives in any of them.
Do not forget that they are intended for human consumption.
As a result your dog should be given it in small amounts.
Here I’m referring to teaspoons!
What are good alternatives for Mangosteens?
You can find alternative tropical fruits if you can not find the one you want or are unwilling to pay so much money for it.
Among mangosteens strongest health benefits which we havenot discussed is that it contains lots of antioxidants.
The ability of antioxidants to fight disease makes them powerful substances.
Among the reasons why this fruit contains such a high concentration of antioxidants is its dark purple color.
This does not hold true for every fruit or vegetable but the darker a fruit or vegetable is the more nutrients it contains.
Purple fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients.
Consider blueberries red cabbage (purple) and purple cauliflower.
They are all dog-friendly more readily available than mangosteen and most importantly they are much cheaper than mangosteen.