What is Loquat Fruit?
Can Dog Eat Loquats? The loquat plant is a large flowering shrub. China and Japan were the original cultivators of the plant, but it is now grown in many parts of the world.
The skin of the loquat fruit is yellow or orange and the flesh is sweet, slightly tart-like apples, and contains a hint of citrus. The flesh also contains between 1-3 seeds.
The vitamin C content in loquats is higher than most other fruits.
Antioxidants and fiber are plentiful in this fruit, making it a good energy and nutrient source.
It is also a good source of magnesium, vitamin B6, folate, and protein.
Is Loquat Good for Dogs?
In terms of calories, loquat has relatively low-calorie content and is high in antioxidants. As well as being packed with nutrients, they also contain a few vitamins that are beneficial to the dog.
The soft interior portion of the fruit can be eaten by your dog in moderate quantities, but the seed should not be consumed.
It’s not a good idea to use loquats as a replacement for dogs’ kibble.
Nutritional Benefits of Loquats for Dog
Dogs can eat loquat in moderation however more than 1 is not good for them as these fruits are high in sugar. The nutrients value of 150 grams is approximate –
- Vitamin A- 46%
- Potassium- 11%
- Manganese- 11%
- Vitamin B6- 7%
- Magnesium- 5%
- Folate (vitaminB9)- 5%
- Carbs- 18 grams (high in carbs)
- Calories – Approximately 70
- Fiber- 3 grams
- Protein- 1 gram (low in protein)
Side Effects of Dogs Eating Loquat
- Vomiting- If your dog vomits, it is generally a sign that his body is rejecting the fruit and this may be due to a variety of reasons depending on the breed.
- Upset Stomach- Your dog may experience an upset stomach after eating loquat for the first time.
- Gastrointestinal Blockage- Dogs that have eaten loquat seeds may suffer from digestive problems.
Can Dog Eat Loquats Seeds?
No, dogs cannot eat loquat seeds. The juicy fruit is the only thing they can eat.
Large seeds of the fruit may cause choking hazards.
There are also cyanide compounds in the seeds of this fruit and eating too many seeds might be fatal for the dog.
A loquat is a sweet fruit that has a pleasing taste. They are native to China and Japan however now they can be found across the world.
A loquat tree can reach a height of 25 feet and produce tons of fruit during its lifetime. It is natural for many of these fruits to fall to the ground. There is no wonder that dogs tend to eat loquats present on the ground as they smell so sweet and are very tasty.
However, dogs shouldn’t eat whole loquats, since the seeds are poisonous and may block their intestines from presenting a choking hazard.
They can have the soft juicy part of the fruit.
Because of their high sugar content, loquats shouldn’t be fed to dogs in excess.