Overall, dogs can eat applesauce without any issues. However, most brands are filled with extra sugar, artificial flavors, colors, and toxic preservatives. If you want to add applesauce into your pup's diet, it is best to look for an organic brand that doesn't add any fillers or put in added sugars.
Signs of a Dog Liking Applesauce
For example, if your dog likes applesauce, they will eat it without any hesitation. They will also bark, whine, or cry at you for more in the form of begging. They will generally drool and stare at you and the food you have as if they are waiting for you to give them more. Many dogs will also pace around near your, paw at your or the food, sit directly in front of you patiently, and lick their lips.
On the other hand, if your dog does not like applesauce, they will have the opposite reaction. Your dog will be hesitant to eat the applesauce, they may seem completely disinterested and walk away from it, or even try to paw and play with the applesauce. This behavior suggests they don't think of it as edible food, but rather, as a toy. Sometimes dogs will even expose their teeth and snarl at the food to show their distaste.
- Wag tail
- Lip licking
- Ears up
- Staring at the food
- Spinning in circles with excitement
- Begging for more food
- Pawing at you
History of Applesauce
We even see references to applesauce in the Medieval era because this food was cheap to make and the ingredients were easily accessible to even the bottom level of society. Medieval applesauce recipe could be thick and chunky or much more liquidy and thin. Applesauce was generally thicked with mashed bread or eggs and had almond milk and honey for sweetness.
Today, applesauce is a readily available food in all supermarkets across the United States and throughout the world. It is inexpensive, comes in many flavor varieties, and can add a ton of fiber and other health benefits to someone's diet.
The Benefits of Applesauce for Dogs
Apples contain vitamin C to help with your dog's bones and muscles. This vitamin is particularly important for growing puppies! We also find vitamin A in apples as well, which will help make your dog's fur stronger, the skin healthier, and will also improve their immune system.
Apples also contain phosphorus for bone health, antioxidants to help your dog fight off free radicals, and apples are even rich in calcium, something many people don't know. The high calcium content will keep your dog's bones healthy and strong, but also supports the health of their teeth, nails, and hearth.
Feeding Your Dog Applesauce
Many conventional applesauces available in the supermarket are filled with added sugars, artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, and thickeners. These chemical additives are unhealthy for your dog's body and are completely unnecessary as they add no nutritional value. Conventional apples are also grown with harmful herbicides and pesticides that can cause a lot of toxin buildup in your dog and cause inflammation.
It is important to look for an organic and unsweetened applesauce so you can avoid the issues above. Finding an unsweetened version will help keep the calorie count in the applesauce even lower and ensure your dog is not getting too much sugar in their diet.
You do not want to add too much applesauce to your dog's diet because it can cause stomach upset in some dogs. The general rule of thumb is to not have applesauce take up more than 5% of your dog's daily diet. The best way to add applesauce to their diet is to mix in a spoonful with their meals, whether they eat kibble, soft food, or are on a raw diet.
You can also opt to make your own applesauce at home to ensure they are getting the highest quality product possible. Furthermore, applesauce is easily added to many dog treats to help boost nutritional value. You can replace milk, water, oil, or nut butters in homemade dog treats with applesauce to keep the calorie count lower if your dog needs to watch their weight.
How to React if Your Dog Doesn't Like Applesauce:
Find ways to incorporate it into their diet in dog treats.
Don't force them to eat it.
Safety Tips for Feeding Your Dog Applesauce:
Limit their intake to 5% every day.
Don't feed them applesauce with added sugar or artificial ingredients.