This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s care, treatment, or medical conditions.
Can dogs eat dates?
Good news: dogs can have dates in moderation! They're full of vitamins such as B6, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and selenium, which benefit their overall health.
However, unfortunately, dates are full of sugar. Too many dates could lead to gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhoea or vomiting and, eventually, obesity in your dog.
Try feeding a small square at a time, and avoid the pit, as it can be a choking hazard.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats dates and shows signs of illness like lethargy, diarrhoea, or vomiting. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, dog insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.
Dates offer a range of antioxidants with potential anti-inflammatory properties. However, they also add quite a bit of unnecessary sugar to your cat's diet.
A small piece may be fine, but too much can lead to digestive problems such as diarrhoea or other gastrointestinal problems in cats. In the long term, that added sugar could contribute to your cat developing diabetes or obesity. Not good!
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat eats dates and shows signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhoea, or vomiting. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, cat insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.
The suggestions offered here are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for pet-specific advice from your veterinarian. Never disregard your vet’s recommendations, or delay in acting on them, based on something you have read on this site. Regardless of how a food is rated here, any food that you give your pet can pose potential health risks, including allergic reactions, choking, or other health conditions such as bloat. Always monitor your pet while they’re eating, and never introduce a new food into your pet’s diet without first consulting your veterinarian.
Pet poison emergency protocol
If your pet is acting sick, call your regular veterinarian immediately. If your regular veterinarian is closed, call a nearby on-call veterinarian, animal urgent care, or veterinary emergency hospital. If your pet is not acting sick but you think they may have been exposed to a poison, call the Animal Poison Line (01202 50 9000).