The summer season is in! Longer, brighter and sunnier days are ahead of us. As the restrictions have been lifted, it won’t be such a bad idea to visit the beach, and devour an uber good fruit bowl! While you’re on a beach with your pup, enjoying the vibe, the sun, and the breeze, it is necessary to keep you both to be hydrated. Since watermelons, coconut water, and ice apple stands are in plenty at the beach, you’ve got him/her covered. But wait ice apples you say? What’s that? Well, let’s find out!
Ice apples are a kind of palm tree fruit mainly available during summers. The fruit is popular with different names in different regions. Ice apples are known as sugar palm fruit, areng palm fruit, black sugar palm fruit, etc. In the western coastal region of India, the fruit is popular with its Hindi name “Tadgola”.
Ice apple is a jelly good fellow ice apple is a jelly good fellow! Yes, you guessed it right! It is a jelly-based fruit. Its texture is similar to litchi and tastes like tender coconut. Ice apple says “Seek and you shell to find it!” that is because you have to de-shell and find the fruit from within its coconut-like covering. The fruit is a great source of fibre, protein, vitamin C, A, E, K, B7, and iron and it comes with many other healing benefits for humans.
Is this jelly good fellow, jelly good (safe) for your pet too? Ice apples are not toxic to your furry baby. However, it is not advisable to feed ice apples to your pet. Because several species of sugar palm fruit contains oxalate crystals. If consumed in a higher quantity, it may cause the formation of calcium oxalate urinary crystals also known as kidney stones in dogs. The presence of oxalate crystals has also proven to be poisonous to some dogs.
Therefore, it is suggested to keep your furry baby away from this fruit. You may stick to watermelon and coconut water to hydrate your pup. A piece of seedless watermelon can be highly nutritious to your pet. It can keep him or her hydrated while helping them beat the heat. Even coconut water in moderation is a great way to keep your pet hydrated on a hot summer day. It is rich in nutrients like magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, and calcium.
Nonetheless, there are different varieties of palm fruits that are safe for your furry one to consume! Jelly palm fruit is also known as “pindo palm fruit” and is known to be extremely nutritious for your furry baby. It is rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. But, do not mistake jelly palm fruit for sugar palm fruit! Since it is a matter of your pup’s health, it is always recommended to consult your veterinarian before you introduce your furry one to any kind of palm fruit. Your vet will be the best person to guide you.
In case your furry one has consumed a piece of ice apple fruit, you need not worry! A piece of ice apple will not cause any harm to your furry baby. However, you should make a trip to the vet at the earliest.
Here’s a small tip for all the pet parents who are planning a beach day with your pet – Before you head to the beach, remember to carry these things, especially for your pet, a mat, umbrella, snacks (it can also be fruits) and lots of water to keep them hydrated!