It’s weekend, you go out for grocery shopping and get all the errands done, and you want to stop by the Asian market to buy some exotic fruits before heading home. You bring them home, and your curious pup comes in the kitchen to see what you’ve brought for him. Those red pieces of delicious rambutans will catch his attention, and you will wonder, should you give it to him?
Dogs can eat rambutan as long as you take the shell out and discard the seed. Only the flesh of rambutan is safe for your dog if consumed moderately. However, the seed of rambutan is extremely toxic for your dog. Fruit seeds can cause intestinal blockage and cyanide poisoning in dogs. In case your dog eats the rambutan with the seed, contact your vet immediately.
What is Rambutan?
Rambutans are tropical, exotic, and red fruits that are much like lychee, and closely related to longan, pulasan, and mamoncillo. Rambutan is creamier than lychee but has the same white flesh and red shell.
The name Rambutan comes from the Malay language, and it means ‘’hair’’. The reason it’s called that way is because of its red, hairy tentacles on its shell. Rambutan is found mainly in Malaysia, China, and Indonesia, as well as throughout tropical parts of Asia.
Later it spread to the rest of Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Central America. In Vietnam, they call it chôm chôm, which literally means ”messy hair”. They are usually ovoid in shape and up to 5 cm in diameter.
They have a thin, leathery skin covered with warts from which soft pink or yellow hairs grow. The juicy and pearly-white flesh surrounds a large, dark brown core that is unsuitable for consumption. Its short shelf life makes it difficult to export it to the different parts of the world.
Should I Feed My Dog Rambutan?
These crimson, little fruits with hairy tentacles can easily catch the eyes of your dog. They might even come and beg you to try them because of their attractiveness. You won’t be sure whether to give them to your pup or not, as they seem like innocent and delicious to the taste buds.
There is no scientific data released by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on Rambutan whether it is safe to consume it for dogs or not. So far, we know that dogs that eat the flesh of rambutan fruits are safe and haven’t got in unusual conditions because of it. However, you need to remove the seed of rambutan before you serve it to your dog.
As in everything, you should feed your dog rambutan moderately. Rambutan is a sweet fruit that can elevate your dog’s blood sugar levels and can cause hypoglycemia if consumed too much. Therefore, high consumption of rambutan can lead to excessive weight gain and diabetes for your pup.
Rambutan seeds are highly toxic for dogs and will cause serious health problems that might end up with surgery. Seeds of rambutan contain cyanide, and it can lead to cyanide poisoning. Symptoms of cyanide poisoning in dogs can include difficulty breathing, vomiting, cardiac arrhythmia, diarrhea, skin irritation, and dilated pupils. If your dog ate the seed of a rambutan, contact your vet immediately and seek professional help.
Not only rambutan seeds, but all the seeds from fruits are extremely dangerous and toxic for dogs. Seeds can cause intestinal blockage and choke. Big pooches will have no problem swallowing the seed, but later on, that seed can block the intestines and prevent the digestive process from working.
Intestinal blockage signs in your dog are lethargy, vomiting, abdominal pain, and problems with bowel movements.
Is Rambutan Nutritious?
Rambutan is a fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free fruit. It contains 19 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein per serving (around 11 fruits). Fibers inside them can actually help your dog with the digestive process and make things easier for him next time he goes to the bathroom. It is also high in vitamin C, which will keep your dog’s immune system strong and will help fight diseases.
It is a natural antibiotic that fights with bacteria and infections. It is also rich in antioxidants that prevent cancer. Rambutans are an excellent choice when it comes to the expulsion of intestinal parasites as well.
Phosphorus inside rambutans will help your dog have healthy teeth and bones. Again, despite all of its high nutritional value, you need to serve them to your dog in moderation due to the amount of sucrose and fructose they contain.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Rambutan?
Rambutans are delicious and sweet fruits that we all crave every now and then. It will attract not only us but our dogs as well. When it comes to feeding your dog rambutan, you should be careful about how you do it.
You will not want to keep them in an open area in your kitchen as your dog can come and eat them as a whole, including its highly toxic seed. Instead, since its flesh is safe and edible for your pooch, you need to remove the shell and the seed which will make it safe for your dog to eat. All the fruit seed-pits are dangerous for dogs in general. Cyanide in rambutans’ seeds can be fatal if consumed by your dog. Fruit seeds can cause choking and intestinal obstruction.
They can be healthy and beneficial if only the edible flesh is consumed and in the right amount with moderation. Rambutans help fight cancer, strengthen the immune system, remove intestinal bacteria out. The high fiber inside them can help solve your dog’s long times in the bathroom.
ASPCA hasn’t said anything about rambutan consumption by dogs. We do not have a scientific explanation, whether it is entirely safe for your pup to eat rambutans. Other than that, experiences show that if consumed the right way and the right amount, they don’t pose any danger to your dog since the fruit itself is not toxic without its shell and the seed.