Your husky shouldn’t eat plums because the plum’s pit contains amygdalin which breaks down into cyanide when ingested or chewed. Cyanide is poisonous and even lethal for dogs. I wrote more about cyanide in the article about how dogs can eat apples.
Besides the fact that the plum’s pit contains cyanide, there is also the risk of your dog swallowing the pit and choking or getting it stuck and causing intestinal blockage. Even if you remove the pit, a little bit of pit remains in the flesh. You don’t need to worry if you already gave your husky a plum slice without any pit and pit remains. But don’t let your dog eat an entire plum.
No whole plums for your husky
Keep your husky away from plums. We all know how curious huskies can be. In a matter of a second, your husky can swallow an entire plum. I bet that you check your dog’s mouth to see what he or she picked up during walks. All dogs discover the world with their mouths. Even if your dog is trained you may not see when this happens, and he could easily chew or swallow a whole plum. Why are plums bad for your husky? I’ll explain in this article. So, let’s dive into the subject.
Plum’s pit is bad for your husky
Don’t let your husky ingest a whole plum. The pit is sharp, and it can damage the intestines, stomach, or esophagus. The pit can cause blockage in your husky’s intestinal tract. Even if you may get away one time, I strongly advise you not to push your luck. Keep your dog away from plums. If your husky ate a whole plum, call your vet. Your vet will be able to assist you.
If your husky just nibbled a plum and the plum’s pit is still intact, your husky will be most likely ok. Keep a close look on him. If you are worried, call your vet.
The plum’s pit can release cyanide
If the plum’s pit is crushed, it can release cyanide in the plum’s skin. Cyanide is toxic for your husky. The plum’s flesh may not be toxic for dogs but is hard to get any flesh, especially with the sharp pit. Puppies and young huskies tend to chew everything, so if you have a plum tree in your garden, you shouldn’t let your huskies near it. They can chew, crush and swallow the plum’s pit.
Fruits with pit, such as apples, plums, apricots, cherries, nectarines, and peaches should be kept away from your dog. You can give these fruits to your dog, but make sure there is no pit left. With plums is a bit harder to do this, due to the pit pieces that remain in the fruit flesh.
If you have any of these trees in your garden, make sure your husky will not swallow whole fruits or swallow the pit or pit pieces.
What to do if your dog ate a whole plum
If your dog ate a whole plum or a plum pit, you should call your veterinarian immediately. Don’t wait for any side effects. Symptoms that can occur if a dog swallows a plum pit are breathing difficulties, tremors, agitation, panting heavily, seizures or convulsions.
This is a life-threatening emergency. Your veterinarian will assist you and give your dog the proper care.
Your husky shouldn’t eat whole plums
You can use some plums to make dog treats but make sure there are no pit remains in the flesh. Also, you can give your dog a plum slice if you want him or her to taste it, but, again, make sure there are no pit leftovers in the flesh. Still, the plum’s flesh is high in sugar, so it is not the best treat for dogs.
I hope you find this article informative and it can answer all the questions you have about if your husky can eat plums.