Papayas are a great source of nutrients, fiber, moisture, and enzymes that help alleviate indigestion.
Papaya is a delicious fruit, but for most of us, it is not available in our kitchen daily, except during summers. It’s always better to provide fresh food items to your dog rather than processed dog food from stores because it will benefit your pet in more ways.
Papaya is rich in enzymes known as papain and chymopapain, which break down proteins in the intestine and help put it to use by increasing absorption of essential nutrients.
It also acts as a probiotic to get rid of harmful bacteria from the body. You can feed your dog with papaya fruit by giving it as is or in the form of its juice.
Here are some of the other benefits of papaya.
Strengthens Immune System
Papayas have plenty of vitamins, such as vitamin C, K, A, E, and several other antioxidants that help in strengthening your pup’s immune system and boosting its energy.
Here is how papaya helps in boosting your dog’s immune system.
Prevents Heart Disease
Papaya has lycopene and vitamin C, which lower the risks of heart diseases. 3.5 oz of papaya has 60 mg vitamin C, making it one of the fruits most enriched in vitamin C content. Moreover, it also has several compounds that maintain the cholesterol level.
Fights Oxidative Stress
Papaya also has carotenoid, which is a potent antioxidant. This oxidant neutralizes the free radicals in your canine’s body cells, thus increasing its immunity.
Papaya is full of soluble and insoluble fibers. The soluble fibers in papaya nourish the gut microbe—these also help in reducing cardiovascular diseases.
On the other hand, the insoluble fibers in papaya add bulks to your dog’s stool. By doing so, regularizes bowel movement and prevents constipation.
The fiber content in papaya helps create a feeling of fullness in your dog for longer, thus reducing your doggie’s food portion. By adding papaya to your canine’s meal, you will notice that the gap between its meals will increase.
Papaya has lycopene, decreasing cancer risks by reducing the free radicals. Based on research, papaya was the only fruit with anti-cancer properties among 14 other vegetables and fruits.
Promotes Bone Growth
Vitamin K plays an essential role in bone metabolism and regulates blood calcium levels. Studies have shown that a low intake of vitamin K increases the chances of bone fracture.
Papaya has a large amount of vitamin K in it. By adding papaya to your canine’s diet, you would feed it healthy fruits and increase the calcium absorption in its blood. In addition, an adequate amount of vitamins will make your pup’s bones strong enough to prevent fracture.
Reasons Why Should Your Dog Not Have Papaya
Although papaya has plenty of benefits for your pup, it still has some downsides in some situations.
- First of all, dogs can be prone to some food allergies. In turn, these allergies may cause stomach upsets and vomiting.
- This fruit contains natural latex that can unpleasantly affect feeding dogs’ digestive systems, resulting in diarrhea or vomiting.
- Some dogs are lactose intolerant or sensitive to sucrose (sugar), so they cannot have any fruit, let alone papaya.
- Papaya is not suitable for puppies under six months old because their immature digestive system can get irritated.
- It is not suitable for dogs with already upset stomachs.
- Papaya is also an acidic fruit, so it can increase the acidity level of their body and affect their teeth enamel. As a result, you should avoid giving your dog papaya if it has sensitive teeth or dental problems.
In general, it’s not safe for dogs having any disease mentioned above to eat papaya. However, you can consult your vet about the amount of this fruit that your pet can consume without causing any health issues.
You should also consider that foods with a lot of sugar in them are not the best choice for your pet to eat. Other health issues like diabetes, dental problems, and obesity can occur if you give your pup too much sugar every day.