Our dogs look at us with their puppy eyes whenever we are having any snack or any other food item. Whether it’s a cookie or blueberries, or figs, they want us to share it with them. We love them and can’t resist them, but at the same time, we want to make sure that that particular food item won’t cause any harm to them.
Can dogs eat figs is one such question that comes to our mind every time we buy them from the supermarket.
In general, dogs can safely eat dried figs. However, you’ll have to make sure that you are only feeding dried figs and that too only in small amount. In large quantity, dried figs( or figs) can trouble our dogs with problems such as the upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting, and as well as allergic reactions like occasional rashes, sores and inflammation on their mouth or tongue.
Figs are loaded with essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols, and dietary fibers, etc. that provides numerous health benefits to us. These benefits are not just limited to us, and our dogs can also benefit from them.
Benefits of Figs For Dogs
Some of the ways in which dried figs can help our loyal friend are as follows:-
(1) Regulates Blood Pressure Level
Hypertension is a common health problem that affects millions of people around the world and is a leading cause of various other health problems such as heart attack, heart stroke, loss of vision, kidney failure, etc.
Our dogs are also not immune from the issues caused by the high blood pressure and it can have an adverse effect on the dog’s body systems including heart, eyes, kidneys and nervous system.
The dried figs can help provide relief from the high blood pressure and thus help our dogs.
This benefit of dried figs is mainly because of the presence of vital mineral named “potassium” in it.
Potassium is a natural vasodilator that relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation and thus regulates their blood pressure level. When the blood pressure is under control, then the risk of hypertension in dogs diminishes automagically.
(2) Helps With The Weight Loss
Obesity is a serious health concern that can invite other health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, gallstones, osteoarthritis, breathing problems, and cardiovascular problems, etc.
These health problems are the reasons we try to do our best to get rid of the extra pounds and the various diets and weight loss programs available to us are proof of the same.
But what about our dogs?
The extra treats we give them every time they do something good, play with us and sometimes just because of their cuteness takes a toll on their health, and our dogs struggle with problems such as decreased stamina, difficulty in breathing, heat intolerance, hypertension, insulin resistance, osteoarthritis, poor immunity and as well as the high risk of developing life threatening cancers.
The good news is dried figs can help our dogs with weight loss in the same manner as they help us.
Eating 100 grams of dried figs provide around 74 calories of energy but 100 grams of dried figs is too much.
For our dogs, one to two dried figs is enough to fulfill their stomach.
They are a good source of dietary fibers which acts as a fulfilling agent and keep them satisfied for a long time.
It helps with the overeating and is thus beneficial for the weight loss in dogs.
(3) Regulates Blood Sugar Level
It is important to maintain proper blood sugar level and this holds true not just for us, but also for our dogs.
Dried figs are very effective in reducing the risk of diabetes mellitus in the dogs, and regulates their insulin level.
This advantage of dried figs for the dogs is mainly because of its low glycemic index.
The glycemic index of a food item is a scale from 0 to 100 that determines the rate at which a particular food item will release sugar into the bloodstream.
The glycemic index of dried figs is 51 which is considered as per the classification defined by the American Diabetes Association.
Being a low glycemic food means dried figs release sugar into the bloodstream at a slow pace and thus regulates blood sugar level in our canine friends.
Also, dietary fibers in the dried figs also help in managing diabetes as it reduces the rate at which sugar gets absorbed by the bloodstream.
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(4) Good For Digestive System
The dietary fibers present in the dried figs improves the colon health of our dogs, and make them feel better.
The dietary fibers present in the dried figs acts as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement and helps our dogs to get rid of the waste in an efficient manner. This not only relieves constipation but also helps with other gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating and flatulence, etc.
One thing to remember is that you should not feed too many dried figs to our dogs as otherwise, the dietary fibers may increase the risk of diarrhea.
Precautions To Use While Feeding Figs To Your Dogs
As we can see there are numerous benefits of dry figs for dogs, and it makes sense to include them to our dog’s diet. If you would like to do the same then there are a few things you should pay attention to, and these are
(1) Only Feed Dry Figs To Your Dogs
Fresh figs and any part of the fig plant are infamous for causing figs poisoning in dogs and puppies, and it is necessary to make sure that you only let your dogs eat dry figs. A toxic sap like substance called fiacin present in figs is responsible for the ill effects of the figs in the dogs.
Some common symptoms of figs poisoning are drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, rubbing his face in distress, abdominal pain, watery eyes, and skin irritation, etc.
So, if you decide to let your dogs eat figs then make sure that they are dried, and there are no unwanted substances like figs leaves, etc.
Also, if you notice any of the above symptoms or any other signs of discomfort in your dogs after eating figs, then take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.
(2) Limit The Consumption
Dogs are highly sensitive to the figs, and all the advantages we have read earlier in the post can turn into disadvantages if you let your dogs eat too many figs.
For a safe side, it is suggested to limit the consumption of figs to once or twice a week, and that too in moderation. High intake of figs by the dogs can lead to diarrhea and stomach discomfort, and as well as other allergic reactions such as skin rashes, skin irritation, inflammation of the face, etc. in them.
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(3) Start with a small amount
Figs can cause allergic reactions in some humans, and they should avoid them.
In the same way, figs can cause adverse allergic reactions in some breeds of dogs.
For this reason, it is advisable to only start giving dried figs to your dogs in a small amount. If your dog doesn’t show any sign of allergy or any other kind of discomfort then you can continue giving figs to your dogs, otherwise, it will be better to refrain from doing the same.
As we have learned from the article, in controllable amount and with keeping the above precautions in mind, we can let our dogs enjoy some dry figs. However, keep an eye on any possible side effects, and even a slight reaction or the allergy should be reported to the vet.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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