Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Written by: Dr. Merliza Cabriles
Yes! Apples are healthy for dogs. These fruits are also good sources of vitamin A and C, as well as fiber and antioxidants. They are low-calorie treats that help keep your dog’s teeth clean, which can go a long way in keeping your pet’s breath fresh.
Give apples in moderation to your dog!
As is the case with human foods, apples should always be given to pets in moderation. Also, dogs may differ in their reaction to apples. So make sure to introduce the fruit to their diet gradually and keep a close eye for any reaction before giving apples as regular treats for your pooch.
Apples are excellent for senior dogs
Senior dogs, especially those with kidney or liver problems have certain protein and/or fat restrictions, so apples make a great treat substitute for these pets because these are low in protein and fat.
Consult your vet before giving apples to diabetic dogs
If you have a diabetic dog or one that has cancer, take note that apples contain sugar, so make sure to consult your veterinarian about giving apples to your dog.
Can dogs eat apple cores?
Make sure to slice the apple into bite-sized pieces and remove the seeds and core before offering to your dog. Aside from being potential choking hazards, apple seeds contain traces of cyanide (in the form of the compound amygdalin), which can accumulate in the dog’s body after eating apples over time. It’s the same with dogs and pears!
My dog ate an apple core, should I see a vet?
If your dog ate an apple core, there’s really no need to panic. Just keep a close eye on your pet for any symptoms of choking, obstruction, or digestive upsets. Make sure to call your vet if you notice any change in your pet’s health or behavior.
Can puppies eat apples?
Yes, your puppy can eat apples as long as you slice the fruit into smaller sections and avoid feeding too many at once. It is also a good idea to remove the peel because puppies can have problems chewing it. Also, the high sugar content of apples is not too good for young puppies, so moderation is always the key.
How about dehydrated apples?
Dehydrated apples should be given only in small amounts to prevent stomach upset and digestive issues. Although they contain all of the nutrients present in fresh apples, dehydrated apples lack water which is essential for digestion.
Did we miss anything? How about your dog and apples?