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Jackfruit is a healthy snack for a dog but one part is toxic and there are other dangerous parts that can make your dog ill.
So if you’re asking, can dogs eat jackfruit, I would answer both yes and no, as there are health risks to consider. But surprisingly the many benefits may just outweigh the risks.
Can dogs Eat Jackfruit?
Dogs can eat the inner fleshy fruit (arils) of a jackfruit once the white fibers that attach the arils to the core and the inner seed have been removed. Arils are non-toxic and are a highly nutritious snack for both humans and dogs.
Arils are outgrowths that cover the seeds and may or may not turn into edible fruit. If you think of pomegranate, the juicy red bits covering the seeds are called arils. However, in a Jackfruit the arils are about the size of a mouse!
Jackfruits are sold and eaten in both the ripe and unripe stages of the development of the fruit and both are safe for dogs to eat.
Can dogs eat Raw Jackfruit?
Unripe Jackfruit is described as raw jackfruit and the arils are brown with a meat-like texture and taste similar to pork. Raw jackfruit is safe for dogs to eat once the inner seed and the white fibers surrounding the aril have been removed.
Unripe jackfruit is becoming popular in the west and is being marketed as a gluten-free alternative to meat, to be eaten with vegetables, and is highly favored by vegans.
Unripe jackfruit arils should have the seeds and fibers removed before being sliced or diced and fed to small dogs or puppies.
Overindulgence in raw jackfruit may cause gastrointestinal distress.
Can dogs Eat Ripe Jackfruit?
Ripe jackfruit is safe for dogs to eat, has a wonderful fruity aroma and the arils are a deep yellow color with a squishy soft texture. Ripe jackfruit is favored in the East as a delicious treat best eaten on a hot day due to its high water content and sweet taste.
Once the seed and fibers have been removed from the aril the fruit is safe for a dog to eat but it should be sliced into smaller portions for puppies to prevent it from becoming a choking hazard.
Ripe jackfruit has a laxative effect and overindulgence in this fruit may cause diarrhea.
Which Parts Of A Jackfruit Are Toxic To Dogs?
The outer rind of jackfruit is inedible, hard, and spiky which is a danger to dogs if they are allowed to chew on it. Jackfruit rind can block the esophagus and quickly become a choking hazard for dogs of all sizes.
If jackfruit rind is ingested it poses a serious threat of gastrointestinal distress and internal blockage which may require surgery to remove.
Jackfruit seeds are about the size of brazil nuts and are a choking and internal blockage hazard for all dog sizes but they may pass through the system of large dogs.
However, jackfruit seeds contain powerful antinutrients called tannins and trypsin inhibitors which can interfere with nutrient absorption and digestion.
For this reason, if your dog swallows a non-cooked jackfruit seed you must advise your dog’s veterinarian.
The core and fibers, (also called rags), attached to the arils have latex fluid within them which can trigger an allergic reaction in some dogs. Signs of a reaction could include, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, sensitive skin, rash, and itching.
Which Parts Of A Jackfruit Are Safe For Dogs?
The only part of a jackfruit that is considered safe for dogs to eat is the fleshy fruit (arils) in either a raw or ripe jackfruit.
Cooked seeds are not usually offered to dogs as the raw seeds contain powerful antinutrients called tannins and trypsin inhibitors which can interfere with nutrient absorption and digestion.
However, heat (boiling, roasting, baking) destroys the antinutrients leaving the seeds edible to humans, and in theory dogs.
But as the antinutrients are a danger to dogs who are at a greater risk of antinutrients because of metabolic makeup and size, and there is a risk that some antinutrients remain I would not recommend feeding a dog cooked jackfruit seeds.
How To Feed Your Dog Jackfruit
The rind, core, and fibers (rags) of jackfruit are dangerous to dogs and must be safely discarded once all the arils have been harvested from the jackfruit body.
The arils otherwise known as the meat or flesh of the jackfruit should be deseeded and all traces of latex removed before the arils are offered to a dog.
Puppies will require the jackfruit to be chopped or sliced to prevent the fruit from becoming a choking hazard.
Jackfruit can be offered raw, ripe, cooked, canned, and frozen but any cooked or canned jackfruit must be pure, i.e. not contain any additives, sugar, syrup, e.t.c.
Benefits To dogs From Eating Jackfruit
Jackfruit arils are packed full of essential vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients whilst also being lower in sugar content than acidic fruits like oranges.
Jackfruit is a good source of vitamins A, C, B6, B1, potassium, calcium, iron, niacin, riboflavin, protein, magnesium, and antioxidants.
All of these properties combine to be extremely beneficial to a dog’s health.
The main nutritional benefits gained from a dog eating Jackfruit include:-
- Calories – low in calories at just 98 per 100g of an edible portion which is great for dogs on a diet.
- Water – naturally high in water content to keep a dog hydrated and promote movement.
- Protein – an important nutrient to grow and repair cells and give energy to the body.
- Fat – low in fat at 0.1g – 0.3g per 100g of edible portion perfect for a low-fat diet.
- High in Vitamins – A, C, B6, and B1 are essential for maintaining a variety of bodily functions including lowering inflammation and strengthening the immune system.
- Potassium – is used by all tissues in the body and is important to cell and nerve functions and to maintaining a healthy heart.
- Magnesium – supports muscle and nerve functions and is important in the production of energy.
- Antioxidants – important to slow damage to cells caused by free radicals which can cause diseases such as cancer.
The low sugar and high water content are also beneficial in keeping a dog hydrated, aiding digestion, and helping the body to absorb the jackfruit nutrients.
Dogs with kidney problems should not eat jackfruit as the high potassium levels could compound the problem.
Risks To Dogs From Eating Jackfruit
There are several risks to dogs from eating jackfruit but most of them can be overcome by careful preparation and disposal of unrequired waste peelings.
Rind – an indigestible choking hazard that can also cause gastrointestinal distress if ingested or an intestinal blockage that may need surgery to remove.
Latex – the core and fibers (rags) contain a sap-like fluid that can cause stomach irritation, vomiting, and fluid loss and can trigger an allergic reaction in some dogs.
Dogs with an existing allergy such as eczema or an allergy to birch pollen should avoid jackfruit as the latex could trigger a more severe reaction.
Seeds – the seeds are large which is a choking and intestinal blockage hazard and also contain toxins (antinutrients) that can inhibit nutrient absorption and digestion.
Heat destroys the antinutrients leaving them edible to humans but due to dogs, small size and digestive system a dog eating cooked jackfruit seeds may be at risk if any antinutrients remain.
Potassium – high levels of potassium could be a danger to dogs with acute kidney problems and could lead to hyperkalemia.
Many wild animals and cattle eat jackfruit that has fallen from the tree and in Asia farmers deliberately plant jackfruit trees for this purpose. However, each animal’s metabolic system has evolved to eat different foods so it is unclear if a dog can handle the toxins effectively.
For a List of foods toxic to dogs please read:- Toxic Foods For Dogs + Signs Your Dog Is Poisoned
Frequently Asked Questions
Can dogs eat Cooked Jackfruit?
Jackfruit arils can be cooked and safely eaten by a dog but they must be pure i.e they cannot be seasoned or have any other fats, oils, or spices added to them.
However, if your dog is allergic to birch pollen, has other allergies, or has acute kidney problems you should avoid jackfruit and try a different fruit instead.
Jackfruit has a laxative effect and overindulgence in this fruit may cause diarrhea.
Can dogs eat Dried Jackfruit?
Dried jackfruit, or jackfruit chips (with nothing added), is a favorite for dogs but the drying process increases the sugar value so less should be offered when feeding a dog with dried jackfruit.
Overindulgence in dried jackfruit may cause vomiting, gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and loose stools.
Can dogs eat Jackfruit Meat?
Dogs can eat jackfruit meat once the seed, white fibers (rags) core, and latex have been removed from the meat. The taste texture and aroma are different but the meat is free from toxins and can be enjoyed when offered in moderation.
Overindulgence in raw jackfruit meat may cause gastrointestinal distress.
Can dogs eat Jackfruit Seeds?
Jackfruit seeds are toxic to dogs as they contain antinutrients that can inhibit nutrient absorption and digestion.
Cooking jackfruit seeds destroys the antinutrients but as they are toxic I would not recommend feeding them.
The seeds are also a choking hazard for dogs of all sizes and if ingested could cause an intestinal blockage problem that may need surgery to remove.
However, it is possible that a seed may make its way through a dog’s system and be deposited with a motion with the dog experiencing no ill effects.
I would advise a veterinarian of the situation if a single seed or multiple seeds were swallowed and allow them to decide the course of action
Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit Latex
Dogs cannot eat latex from jackfruit as it causes gastrointestinal distress resulting in vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, and loose stools. There is also no nutritional value in the latex and its consistency does not make it appealing to eat.
Is Jackfruit Poisonous to Dogs?
The seeds of a jackfruit contain antinutrients which can be classed as poisonous as they will interfere with the dog’s ability to absorb and digest essential nutrients.
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes so it is unclear how many uncooked seeds would be needed to harm a dog but an excess of antinutrients could be fatal.
How Much Jackfruit Can A Dog Eat?
Dogs love jackfruit and will probably eat it until they feel sick so you will have to limit the portion size to about 3 or 4 arils depending upon the size of the dog.
Arils offered to small dogs and puppies will need to be chopped or sliced as they are large and slippery and therefore could be a choking hazard.
Offering large amounts of jackfruit will cause gastric irritation which may result in vomiting, diarrhea, loose stools, and lethargy.
Final Thoughts On – Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit?
Jackfruit arils need to be separated from the rags and core of the fruit and all latex removed before being deseeded and offered to a dog.
However, it can be eaten raw (unripe), cooked, frozen canned, and ripe straight from the pod without losing its highly nutritious value.
Overeating can cause gastrointestinal issues and dogs with allergies or acute kidney problems should avoid this fruit as it could aggravate such conditions.
The seeds of a jackfruit contain toxins that can be destroyed through heat and allows humans to consume them but the risk to dogs remains high if the toxins are reduced but not destroyed.
Cattle farmers and farmers of smaller livestock will use jackfruits as a supplement to the available food in their fields. But this does not mean that jackfruits are safe for dogs as dogs’ metabolism has evolved is differently.
I hope this post has answered your question, can dogs eat jackfruit?
Before offering new food to your canine friend
Any new food introduced into your dog’s diet can trigger an adverse reaction so always start with small additions and monitor your dog for the next 24 hours. After 24 hours a larger sample can be offered and then monitor for another 24 hours. If there are any adverse reactions please call your veterinarian for advice.
Alternatively, Consult your veterinarian to determine if the new food is safe to add to your dog’s diet before you offer it for the first time.
If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian, local veterinary emergency clinic, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.
Information published on this website is intended for reference use only. The only clear option for ensuring your dog’s health is to feed a diet checked and prescribed by your dog’s veterinarian. Feeding human foods of any sort can be dangerous to dogs and carries some degree of risk that is not under this website’s control.