Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Published: 02/09/2021
Everyone knows that apples are a tasty and nutritious snack for humans, but what about for dogs? Can dogs eat apples?

The answer is a resounding yes. Dogs can most certainly eat apples, and this delicious fruit is a great low-calorie treat for your fur-baby. 

However, there are some parts of the apple that aren’t safe for dogs to eat, so keep reading to find out how to safely feed apples to your pooch.

Nutritional benefits of apples for dogs

Okay, so dogs can eat this tasty fruit, but are apples good for dogs?

Happily, apples do offer a number of nutritional benefits for dogs. Apples are high in fiber, which helps promote proper digestive health, while they’re also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and antioxidants. 

Chewing on apples can improve your dog’s dental health too, helping to prevent the buildup of plaque and freshen your pup’s breath.

Best of all, apples are low in calories and have a taste that many dogs love. So if you’re searching for something healthy and appetizing to give to your pet as a treat, be sure to add apples to your treat shortlist. And because they’re safe for dogs of all ages, you can give apples to your puppy or senior dog as well.

Can dogs eat all types of apple?

From Red Delicious to Granny Smith, apples come in a huge range of different colors, shapes, and varieties. The taste also differs depending on the type of apple you choose, with some mouthwateringly sweet and others offering a much more tart treat for the taste buds.

So, does it matter which variety of apple you choose? The answer is no. All fresh apple varieties are perfectly safe for your dog. There are some minor differences in the nutritional content of different apple varieties — you can research the nutritional qualities of various apple types on FoodData Central

https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171688/nutrients

if you’re interested — but these variations are nothing to be concerned about.

Finally, the apple variety that tastes best to dogs varies from one pooch to the next. It’s all down to your dog’s personal preference, so let them taste a few different options to decide what they like best.

Risks of giving apples to dogs

Apples may be a healthy treat for dogs, but that doesn’t mean you can just toss your pooch a whole apple and let them chow down. The apple core represents a major choking hazard, while apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide. As a result, you’ll need to remove the seeds and core before giving any apple to your pet. However, the skin and the flesh of the apple are safe for your dog to eat.

It’s also important to be wary of letting your dog have too much of a good thing. Apples are great in moderation, but if your pet overdoes it, they run the risk of suffering from an upset stomach.

And because apples contain sugar, pet parents of diabetic dogs should check with their vet first before letting their dog tuck into an apple snack.

Finally, use caution when letting your dog try apple for the first time. Any new food has the potential to cause tummy troubles and diarrhea, so start them off with a single slice and then wait to see whether it causes any sort of adverse reaction.

How to prepare apples for dogs

Preparing apples for your dog to eat is simple. Wash the apple first, then remove the core, the stem, and all seeds. You can then cut the apple into easily chewable slices and let your pup enjoy their delicious treat.

Of course, there are also plenty of other unique and exciting ways to give an apple to your dog. For example, you might like to grate some over your dog’s kibble at dinner time, bake an apple into pet-friendly muffins, or incorporate it into some homemade doggy ice blocks in summer. Even putting some apple slices and peanut butter in a Kong will give your pet a tasty snack and a boredom-busting, brain-boosting activity at the same time. 

So the next time you’re munching on an apple and your dog gives you a pleading look practically begging you to give them a bite, rest assured that apples are perfectly safe for dogs. And if you’re looking for a nutritious, low-calorie treat for your fur-baby, a few slices of apple could be just what the doctor ordered.

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