Can Dogs Eat Lanzones? Are Lanzones Safe For Dogs?

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Lanzones, also known as langsat lanzones or longkangare, are exotic fruits of Asian descent, not common in the states. Perhaps you’ve happened across this fruit taking a stroll with your pup at the farmer’s market, enjoyed the sweet and mildly sour flavor, and thought maybe your dog would, too. But can dogs eat lanzones?

Unfortunately, the short answer is no; due to the toxicity of the seeds, dogs can not safely eat lanzones. Preparation would require some pretty surgical seed removal, and it’s easy to miss one. Ultimately, it’s just not worth the risk.


Of course, this information comes from very few reliable sources. In general, not much in terms of research has been done in regards to lanzones and dogs.

But don’t take a lack of information as a go-ahead. Always speak with your veterinarian before introducing exotic fruits to your dog.

Why Are Lanzones Bad For Dogs?

Some say that the flesh of lanzones is perfectly safe for dogs to consume. But this is unconfirmed, with no substantial research to back it.

Both the skin and seeds of lanzones contain cyanide and tannins, which are absolutely toxic to dogs.

Now, there are plenty of fruits that contain cyanide, or example, apricots and durian fruit, which can be safe for dogs with proper preparation — removal of skin and seeds. But the seeds of lanzones are similar to the color of their flesh and easy to miss.

Also, by the time you successfully extract all the seeds, there isn’t much left to offer. It just isn’t an ideal candidate for a dog treat.

Furthermore, this fruit is often compared to grapes, which doesn’t bode well for its safety at all.

What Should I Do If My Dog Ate A Lanzone?

Wollongong crops in Thailand.

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Due to the cyanide content of the seeds and pits in lanzones, dogs who eat this fruit may suffer cyanide poisoning.

Cyanide poisoning is usually directly related to how much was consumed and how big the dog is. If you have a small dog, seek veterinary care. If you have a large dog, and they only consumed one, a phone call to your vet may suffice.

In all cases, though, it is usually always best to seek veterinary care. Cyanide poisoning is swift and often fatal, and time can be of the essence. Assuming that your dog didn’t eat enough to cause issues can be a huge mistake you don’t want to make.

We all know that dogs love to chew things. If you ever find your dog gnawing on a lanzone, or any fruit with a pit, seek care. All of the potency of cyanide lies in the interior of seeds and pits.

Signs of cyanide toxicity include extreme salivation, rapid panting, and sometimes convulsions.

If these kinds of symptoms aren’t present, but a rash is, either on the skin or in your dog’s mouth, this is still a cause for concern. This usually means your dog is having an allergic reaction and should be addressed immediately.

Has your dog suffered from a bad reaction after consuming a lanzone? Did you call your vet right away? Let us know in the comments below.

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