Yes, dogs can eat figs. They are safe. But remember, only give them in small amounts. Too many figs can upset their tummy.
Figs are high in fiber. They have good vitamins and minerals. But they also have sugar. That’s why we don’t give too many.
Like people, dogs can be allergic to new foods. So be careful. Start with a small piece of fig. Then watch your dog. Look for signs of trouble like skin irritation, throwing up, or breathing problems.
One more thing. If your dog is eating figs off a fig tree, make sure they don’t eat the leaves. Fig leaves have a sap called ficin. It can hurt your dog’s skin and stomach.
What is Fig Poisoning? Are Figs Toxic to Dogs?
Yes, there is something called fig poisoning in dogs. But it’s not the figs themselves. It’s the fig tree that can cause problems.
The sap from the fig tree can be bad for dogs. It has something called ficin in it. Ficin can make a dog’s skin red and itchy. It can cause blisters too.
If a dog eats the leaves or sap from a fig tree, their stomach can get upset. They might throw up or have diarrhea. This is what people mean when they talk about fig poisoning.
Fig poisoning is not the same as an allergy to fig fruit.
The bottom line is this: Figs are okay for dogs to eat, but only a little bit. But the fig tree, especially the leaves, and sap, can be harmful.
If your dog has been around a fig tree and is not feeling well, call your vet right away. They can help your dog feel better.
What Are the Symptoms of Fig Poisoning?
If your dog ingested figs when you were not there to supervise him. You should look for the symptoms of fig poisoning and immediately contact your vet or take him to the nearby pet hospital without any delay. The symptoms may include:
- Rubbing his face in distress
- Abdominal pain
- Pawing at the face
- Irritated skin
- Watery eyes
- Pain in mouth
Although severe fig poisoning is not common, it is still necessary for your dog to get medical treatment. Just remember to take the medical reports of your dog if he is already allergic. This may help the veterinarian to determine the severity of the poisoning. You can also take the part of the plant or the figs that are consumed by your dog, as this will help the vet in making a diagnosis, along with the assessment of his symptoms.
Apart from figs you have many options which you can find with our fruits for dogs guide.
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