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

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?

Yes, dogs can eat nectarines, but you should proceed with caution. Nectarines are a tasty, nutrient-rich fruit that can provide some health benefits to dogs. However, it’s essential to serve them in moderation to prevent any potential issues.

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

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

Updated on Jun 26, 2024

Did You Know?

Nectarines are a great source of vitamins and minerals for dogs but always remove the pit to prevent choking hazards and poisoning.




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Benefits and Risks of Nectarines

Nectarines pack a punch with vitamins like A and C, which can boost a dog's immune system and skin health. However, the pit is a choking hazard and contains cyanide, which is toxic. Plus, the high sugar content can lead to obesity or upset stomachs if overfed. Moderation helps avoid these risks while harnessing the benefits.

How Many Nectarines Can Dogs Eat?

The right amount of nectarines depends on your pup’s size, breed, and health. Generally, a couple of small slices for a medium-sized dog once in a while is safe. Ensure the pit is removed, and the fruit is cut into manageable pieces to reduce choking hazards. For small breeds, even less is advisable.

Common Misconceptions

One common myth is that all parts of nectarines are safe for dogs. This is false. The pit is dangerous and should always be removed. Additionally, some believe nectarines can replace a dog’s regular diet. They should only be an occasional treat, not a meal replacement.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Nectarines?

If your dog shows signs like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy after eating nectarines, contact your vet immediately. If they ingest the pit, a vet visit is urgent. Always keep an eye on your dog after introducing a new food.

What are Healthy Alternatives?

Looking for safer and equally nutritious options? Here are a few alternatives:

  • Apple slices (without seeds): Great for fiber and vitamins.
  • Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants and easy to portion.
  • Carrot sticks: Low in calories and high in vitamins.


In a nutshell, nectarines can be a delightful treat for dogs when given in moderation and with great care. Always remove the pits and monitor your dog’s reaction. When unsure, consult with your vet to ensure it’s a suitable treat for your furry friend. Happy snacking!