Yes, dogs can eat figs, but in moderation. Figs contain two enzymes – ficin and ficusin – that can upset your dog’s stomach.
If you notice swelling of your dog’s mouth or tongue, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other signs of upset stomach, stop giving your dog the figs and go see a veterinarian.
A good source of vitamin B6, copper, manganese, potassium, and fiber, figs can be a healthy addition to your dog’s diet when given in small doses. Typically, one or two figs is plenty for your dog.
In fact, overweight dogs may benefit the most from figs. Figs can be filling foods, so giving one or two to an overweight dog as a snack or hold them over until the next meal can help keep their weight in check.
There is controversy about feeding figs to dogs. Some owners report rashes, splotches, and swelling of the tongue from eating figs. It is most likely those dogs were allergic to these sweet treats, and should not have ingested them. There are some experts who will say feeding figs to dogs is not a good idea because of the possible harmful side effects.
However, anyone can be allergic to anything. Just because most dogs can eat figs, doesn’t mean yours can. To safely introduce figs (or anything) to your dog’s diet, offer a very small sample initially to see if your dog is even interested in the food. If your dog eats the first taste, you can offer one or two more small pieces. But that should be it. It is only recommended to offer figs to your dog once or twice per week. Anecdotal evidence suggests that eating too many figs will like to diarrhea and other digestive issues. (Remember: the age-old remedy for constipation has been prunes and/or figs because of their laxative properties, so giving your dog figs means you are giving them a mild laxative. You need to be prepared for the results, like more frequent bathroom breaks.)
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