Are Bing Cherries OK for Dogs to Eat?
You can always find some fruits (like apples and bananas) in your local grocery store, but the same can’t be said of fresh Bing Cherries – you can only find fresh cherries for sale for a few weeks each summer (Bing Cherries season is yet one more reason to look forward to summer!).
Are cherries good for you?
There’s no doubt about it – these deep red fruits pack a healthful punch! Bing Cherries are low in calories and chock full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and other good-for-you ingredients. You’ll get vitamins C, A, and K. Each long-stemmed fruit delivers potassium, magnesium, and calcium too. They also bring antioxidants, like beta-carotene, and the essential nutrient choline to your diet. But do the benefits of eating cherries extend to man’s best friend?
Bing Cherries as a dog treat? Probably not.
The flesh of Bing Cherries is safe for dogs to eat – in fact, the vitamins A and C and antioxidants the cherries contain are good for your four-legged friends just as they are for you.
That said, you’d need to remove the stems and pits of the cherries (which contain low levels of cyanide) before they’d safe for your dog to enjoy, and as eating more than a few cherries could give your dog diarrhea, it’s really not worth the trouble. You’re much better off rewarding your pet for something with a slice of apple, which is both easier to prepare and safer for your dog to eat.
Has your dog gotten into your Bing Cherry stash?
If your dog has gotten into your order of fresh cherries delivered from Hale Groves and eaten more than just a few, keep an eye on him to be sure he doesn’t develop trouble breathing, dilated pupils, or bright red gums. If he does display one or more of those symptoms, contact your vet right away.
Buy Bing Cherries as a Treat for Yourself
If you want to buy cherries that are the best and freshest available, look no further than Hale Groves! Each summer we offer our Sweet Mountain Bing Cherries for sale, which are always fresh, crisp and sweet, picked at their peak from select, high-altitude orchards in Idaho, and rushed to you or your recipients within one or two days so you can enjoy them at their best.
So keeps some dog biscuits on hand for your best pal, but save the Bing Cherries for yourself – it will be better for both of you!