No. Thats the short answer. Its one of the most dangerous things you can feed to a dog short of pure cocoa or caffeine (unlike humans, its easier for dogs to undergo caffeine poisoning thats life threatening). Some owners might claim that the persimmon itself isnt a problem as long as you take out the seed. However, veterinarians would advise owners asking can dogs eat persimmons? to err on the side of caution and never even try out feeding persimmons to dogs outright because the seeds can come into easy access to them. Persimmon seeds are particularly dangerous to small dogs (toy dogs like Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus) so as much as possible, keep those persimmons to yourself.
Dog Owners Disagree Online
- Some dog owners claim that as long as you dont feed your canine friend with persimmon seeds that can cause intestinal blockage (like chicken bones or eating a whole load of pacifiers that might even require life-threatening and expensive surgery on your beloved pooch), theyll be fine. However, there are also dog owners who claim they feed milk chocolate to their dogs without any adverse effects.
- Its like someone who tightrope walks claiming that they didnt die when they did it, which means its safe. No, youre suffering from success bias. While dogs can survive persimmon eating and milk chocolate consumption (the really deadly form of chocolate for dogs that will cause them to bleed is pure dark chocolate or cacao beans), theres still ever-present risk involved there. Never underestimate the danger or you might become too complacent.
- If you dont want your dog to have intestinal obstruction or small intestine inflammation and failure, dont feed them persimmon seeds. Also, vets advise that you dont risk feeding them persimmon with seeds removed simply because human error might have you end up feeding them seeds accidentally anyway. Feed them bananas, apples (with seeds removed), and watermelon (with seeds removed) instead.