A dog with a curious expression looking at dates, indicating moderate safety for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Dates?

Yes, dogs can eat dates, but with caution. Dates are not toxic to dogs; however, they are high in sugar and can potentially cause digestive issues if consumed in large quantities. As with many human foods, moderation is the key to enjoying the benefits without the risks.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jun 24, 2024

Did You Know?

Dates can provide a quick energy boost for dogs due to their natural sugars.




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Benefits and Risks of Dates

Dates offer some nutritional benefits like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They can help with digestive health and provide an energy boost. However, the high sugar content can lead to weight gain and dental problems. Overindulgence may also cause upset stomachs or diarrhea. βš–οΈ Moderation ensures your dog gets the good stuff without the bad.

How Many Dates Can Dogs Eat?

The amount of dates a dog can safely eat largely depends on their size, breed, and overall health. For small dogs, one date occasionally is sufficient. Medium to large dogs can have up to three dates, but not more than a couple of times a week. Always remove the pits to prevent choking or intestinal blockages. πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ Monitor your pet closely when introducing new foods.

Common Misconceptions

Some people believe dates are toxic to dogs because they assume dried fruits are all harmful. This isn't true. Unlike grapes or raisins, dates are not poisonous. Another myth is that all fruit pits are dangerous. Date pits are a choking hazard, but aren't toxic like apple seeds or cherry pits. Knowledge is power!

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Dates?

If your dog experiences a bad reaction to dates, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, stop feeding them the dates immediately. Keep an eye on them! If symptoms persist for more than a day, contact your vet for advice. It's always better to be safe than sorry. 🩺

What are Healthy Alternatives?

Looking for safer, yet still yummy, treats for your fur baby? Check out these alternatives:

  • Apples (without seeds): Crunchy and low in sugar.
  • Carrots: Great for dental health.
  • Peanut Butter (xylitol-free): Protein-rich and dogs love it!

These choices are not only safe but also nutritious.


To sum it up, dates can be a tasty treat for your dog when given in moderation. Their nutritional benefits are outweighed by potential risks if overfed. Always start with a small amount and watch for any adverse reactions. When in doubt, consult your vetβ€”especially if your dog has specific health issues or dietary needs. Moderation and vigilance are your best friends here! 🐾