A dog with a wary expression looking at prunes, showing they are harmful to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Prunes?

No, dogs should not eat prunes. Prunes, which are dried plums, can cause digestive upset and contain substances that may be harmful to dogs. While they aren't as toxic as some other fruits, the high fiber and sugar content can lead to gastrointestinal issues or even more severe health problems.

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

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

Updated on Jun 17, 2024

Did You Know?

Prunes are dried plums, and while plums are generally safe, the dried version can cause more concentrated digestive issues.




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Why Are Prunes Bad for Dogs?

Prunes can be harmful to dogs primarily because of their high fiber and sugar content. When ingested, prunes can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain due to their laxative properties. Additionally, the high sugar levels can lead to obesity and dental issues in dogs. Unprocessed prunes sometimes also contain pits, which pose choking hazards and may cause intestinal blockages.

How Many Prunes Can Dogs Eat?

Generally, it's best to avoid giving your dog prunes entirely. If your dog accidentally eats a prune, monitor them closely for any signs of discomfort or digestive issues. Ideally, only one prune should be consumed, and even then, it's not advisable. Repeated consumption can lead to more severe health risks.

Common Misconceptions

One common misconception is that prunes can help relieve constipation in dogs. While prunes act as a laxative in humans, they can cause more harm than good in dogs. Their digestive systems are different, and the high sugar content can lead to additional health complications rather than relief.

Similar Harmful Products

Other dried fruits and high-sugar foods can also be harmful to dogs. Be wary of:

  • Raisins: Extremely toxic and can cause kidney failure.
  • Dates: High in sugar and fiber, causing digestive issues.
  • Figs: Can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Prunes?

If your dog accidentally consumes prunes, keep an eye on them for symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. Contact your veterinarian immediately for professional advice. Do not induce vomiting unless specifically instructed by a vet, as this can sometimes cause more harm than good.

In the longer term, repeated consumption of prunes can lead to chronic health issues such as obesity and dental problems. Treatment for severe cases can be costly, but pet insurance can help manage these expenses. Having coverage ensures that your dog gets the care they need without breaking the bank.

What are Healthy Alternatives?

If you're looking to treat your dog with something sweet or high in fiber, consider safer options like:

  • Blueberries: Low in sugar and high in antioxidants.
  • Carrot sticks: Crunchy and great for dental health.
  • Sliced apples (without seeds): A sweet treat that's safe in moderation.


In summary, prunes are not a good choice for dogs due to their high fiber and sugar content, which can cause digestive and other health issues. Instead, stick to safer, dog-friendly treats and always consult with your vet before introducing new foods to your dog's diet, especially if they have specific health needs.