Can Dogs Eat Mangoes?

Mangoes are a delicious, sweet tropical fruit that many dog owners wonder if they can share with their furry friends. The good news is that mango flesh is generally safe for dogs to consume in moderation. Nonetheless, there are a few crucial things to remember.

Can Dogs Eat Mangoes
Can Dogs Eat Mangoes

The fleshy part of mangoes is non-toxic and offers several beneficial nutrients for dogs, including:

  • Vitamins A, B6, C, and E: Supports immune health, vision, and metabolism
  • Fiber: Aids digestion and feeling full
  • Antioxidants: May help reduce inflammation and risk of certain diseases

However, the pit/seed and skin of mangoes can potentially cause issues if consumed by dogs:

  • Pits/Seeds: Pose a serious choking hazard and potential intestinal obstruction risk if swallowed whole or in large pieces. The fibrous pit is very difficult for dogs to digest.
  • Skin: While not toxic, the tough mango peel may lead to gastrointestinal upset like vomiting or diarrhea if a large amount is ingested.

So while the flesh itself is safe, mangoes absolutely must be properly pitted and peeled before feeding any to your pup.

How to Safely Feed Your Dog Mangoes  

If you decide to share some mango with your dog, there are a few simple tips to prepare it safely:

  1. Peel the mango completely and discard the tough outer skin.
  2. Remove the entire pit/seed from the center and discard it - never let your dog eat mango pits as they are a serious obstruction risk.
  3. Cut the mango flesh into bite-sized pieces or cubes about 1/2 - 1 inch in size to prevent choking hazards.
  4. Feed the mango pieces in moderation as an occasional treat, not a main meal component. The high natural sugar content means mangoes should be given sparingly.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze any leftover cut mango in an airtight container for 3-5 days - this prevents browning and bacteria growth.

Always supervise your dog when first introducing any new food like mangoes. Some dogs may have sensitivities that could cause digestive upset initially.

Suggested Mango Portion Sizes Based on Dog Weight

Dog Weight   Mango Portion
5-10 lbs    1-2 cubes
10-20 lbs    2-4 cubes
20-50 lbs    4-6 cubes
50-80 lbs    6-8 cubes
80+ lbs    8-10 cubes

These are just rough guidelines - dogs have varying calories needs based on their age, activity level, and metabolism. Consult your vet if you are unsure about appropriate portion sizes.

Signs Your Dog May Be Having a Mango Issue

While mango flesh is generally dog-friendly, it is possible for some dogs to experience gastrointestinal issues after consuming too much mango. Signs that your pup may be having a mango problem include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite

These symptoms could indicate that your dog's system is having trouble digesting the high fiber, natural sugars, or other compounds found in mangoes. If issues persist, it may be best to avoid feeding mangoes and stick to other treats.

More serious issues can arise if your dog ingests a mango pit/seed. Potential complications include:

  • Intestinal obstruction: The large, fibrous pit can become lodged in the intestines, causing a blockage that requires emergency surgery.
  • Internal injuries/punctures: The tough pit could potentially tear or puncture the digestive tract lining as it passes through.

When to Contact Your Veterinarian About Mango Issues

If your dog only experienced mild vomiting or diarrhea after having mango and seems otherwise normal, you may just need to limit mangoes going forward. However, contact your vet immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea lasting more than 24 hours
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, or discomfort
  • Lack of appetite for multiple days
  • Lethargy or general signs of illness
  • If you suspect your dog swallowed a mango pit/seed whole, this is a medical emergency requiring veterinary attention to check for potential obstructions.

Other Tropical Fruits to Consider for Dogs

Mangoes aren't the only tropical fruit you can potentially share with your pup in moderation. Some other dog-safe options include:

  • Pineapple: Packed with vitamins, minerals, and bromelain enzymes that may aid digestion. But remove the spiky skin and core first.
  • Papaya: Full of fiber, vitamins C and E, and beneficial digestive enzymes papain and chymopapain. But as with mangoes, remove all seeds first.  
  • Coconut: The meat offers healthy fats, fiber, and manganese. But skip the shells and husks.
  • Bananas: A potassium-rich, easily digestible treat for dogs. But feed in moderation due to high natural sugars.

When consumed in moderation, tropical fruits like mangoes can be delicious treats for our dog friends. But always be smart about prepping them properly by removing any pits, seeds, skins, and rinds first. Dr. Sara Ochoa, DVM

As a general rule, avoid letting dogs eat the pits, seeds, or tough outer skins of any fruits, as these can present choking hazards and digestive obstructions. When in doubt about a new fruit, check with your veterinarian first before sharing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs and Mangoes

Can puppies eat mangoes?

It's best to wait until puppies are at least 8-10 weeks old before introducing any new foods beyond their regular puppy diet. Mangoes may cause digestive upset in very young pups. Once older, you can offer very small amounts of mango in moderation.

Can dogs eat dried mangoes?

Dried mangoes are safe in moderation, but may be easier for dogs to choke on compared to fresh mango pieces. The drying process also increases the natural sugar concentration. Stick to small portions of dried mango as an occasional treat only.

Are mangoes good for dogs with diabetes? 

Due to their higher natural sugar content, mangoes are not the best snack option for diabetic dogs. The sweet sugars can potentially cause unhealthy blood sugar spikes. Speak to your vet about diabetes-friendly treats instead.

Do mangoes cause any allergic reactions in dogs?

Mango allergies in dogs are very rare, but possible. Some dogs may be allergic to the proteins, natural chemicals, or pollens found in mangoes. Watch for signs like vomiting, diarrhea, itchy skin, or difficulty breathing after first introducing mangoes. Discontinue if any adverse reactions occur.

How often can I give my dog mangoes?  

Mangoes should only be given as an occasional treat, no more than 1-2 times per week at most for the average dog. The high natural sugar content means mangoes add a lot of calories very quickly, which could lead to weight gain with overfeeding.

Easy Homemade Frozen Mango Dog Treat Recipe

What better way to share the tropical delight of mangoes with your pup than in the form of a refreshing frozen treat? This quick 3-ingredient recipe is sure to be a hit on hot summer days.

Frozen Mango Dog Treat Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh mango chunks (about 2 medium mangoes, peeled and pitted)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened yogurt or coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp dog-friendly peanut butter (optional)


  1. Blend the mango chunks and yogurt/coconut milk together in a food processor or blender until smooth and well combined. 
  2. If using peanut butter, add it now and blend again to incorporate it fully.
  3. Pour the mango puree into dog treat molds or an ice cube tray. Only fill each mold about 3/4 full to allow for expansion.
  4. Freeze for at least 2-3 hours until completely frozen solid.
  5. Pop the frozen mango treats out of the molds and serve! You can also top with a dollop of peanut butter or yogurt.
  6. Store any leftover treats in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Pro Tip: For smaller dogs, use an ice cube tray instead of larger molds to create bite-sized fruity ice cubes!

This frozen treat is not only delicious for dogs, but it's packed with nutrients from the mango and yogurt like fiber, vitamins, protein, and probiotics. Just be sure to give it as an occasional treat only due to the natural sugar content.

You can also get creative and try different mix-in ingredients like:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Mashed banana 
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Fresh mint or parsley

The possibilities are endless for cool, nutritious, dog-approved ways to enjoy the sweet taste of mangoes!


Mangoes can absolutely be an enjoyable tropical treat to share with your canine companion, as long as you take a few simple precautions. The fleshy fruit itself is perfectly safe and offers a pop of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. 

However, it's crucial that you completely remove the tough peel and pit before feeding, as these could present serious choking hazards or intestinal obstructions. Mangoes should also be given in moderation as an occasional snack due to their natural sugar content.

By properly prepping mangoes, being mindful of portion sizes, and watching for any potential adverse reactions, you can let your pup safely enjoy the sweet flavor of this tasty tropical fruit. Just be sure to check with your veterinarian if you have any other specific health concerns about adding mangoes to your dog's diet.

With a little care, mangoes can be a fun way to mix up your dog's treat routine and maybe even inspire some cool seasonal snacks like the frozen mango popsicles! So don't be afraid to share a slice of the tropics with your furry friend.

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