Can Dogs Eat Apples?
YES, all dogs and puppies can eat apples!
Apples are wonderful, crunchy and sweet treats for your dog, and like blueberries, they are a great treat you and your dog can share together. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. They are a source of vitamins A and C and fiber. Apple seeds, however, contain cyanide so your dog should not be allowed to eat the core. Though the effects of a few apple seeds will likely not harm your dog, the deleterious effects can accumulate over time if allowed to eat apple seeds regularly. This is why we can feed dogs apples that have been sliced up and the seeds have been removed but not an entire apple. You can chop them, peel them or core them.
How to Feed Your Dog Apples
Our research tells us that dogs tend to like sweeter apples more than sour apples (I think this is also similar for people!). Dogs with sensitive digestion are said to tolerate apples well. Depending on the size of your dog, you may decide how much apple to feed your dog. It should always be fed as a “treat” and not as a replacement of his or her daily meals, which are meant to provide all the nutrition for them. I have heard of people who have apple trees in their backyard and their dogs just go and eat the apples. This is for the most part OK, except you want to make sure they are only eating the outside and around the core but not the seeds. You also want to make sure they are not eating TOO many apples for that can cause indigestion and other tummy problems.
Health Benefits of Apples
Some believe apples can help keep your pooch healthy and that “An apple a day, keeps the VET away!”. One Shih Tzu mom states, “One day our little Shih Tzu had the runs and a very bad fever. It got so bad that when he pooped, blood would come out in a sloppy bloody mess. We were so worried and we rushed him to the vet to see if he had been poisoned. “He just has a typical virus, he needs to rest,” said the vet. We asked if we could give him anything and she said maybe little amount of not too sweet fruit except grapes. When we got home we gave him maybe 1/4 of a chopped up peeled apple. He like the treat and ate it all very quickly. Since he liked it, we continued to give the amount every day for one week. As the apples were given, his poop hardened, the loss of blood reduced to none, he had more energy, and his appetite was back up and running. I really think a bit of apple a day keeps the virus at bay!”
Furthermore, some apple slices being used regularly as treats can promote healthy teeth and excellent smelling breathes which we dog owners appreciate. Some human foods are high in saturated fat. Saturated fat contributes to the development of canine heart problems. As apples contain low sodium and low saturated fat, the fruit can be given to the pet daily. Beautiful and flawless skin is associated with the regular consumption of apples. Because the fruit is rich in omega 3 and in omega 6 fatty acids, its capability to promote healthy and glossy coat was proven. This fruit is noted to control skin allergies as well.
Give Your Dog Apples in Moderations
Allowing the pet to consume large amounts of the fruit though can be hazardous to the health of the pet. For one, ingestion of too much apple can cause digestive upset. For sure an owner would not want to deal with pet diarrhea. Because dogs are naturally voracious eaters, precaution must be taken so that the dog will be prevented from helping himself on apples that have fallen off the trees. Apples contain natural sugars; unlike other dog treats, that contain processed sugar. However, eaten in large quantities, sugar will still contribute to the weight gain of the dog. Feeding the dog apples must be done in moderation. The phosphorous and calcium content of the fruit can worsen the condition of dogs with kidney trouble. While omega 6 fatty acids enhance the good condition of the coat, it also causes inflammation. Thus owner of dogs suffering from arthritis must be cautious in giving apples to the pet. Some dog owners have noticed when dogs are given more than that, they would seem to get hyper and energetic. Dogs should also not eat apples in large quantities because of choking hazards.
In conclusion, we encourage you to use apples as a small, crunchy, sweet treat for your canine friend daily! They are cheap, loved and keep their bowels healthy. It is much healthier than any of the made-made treats, and can really help with weight-control (especially if you are a pug like me!). Additionally, your pooch will look cuter than ever munching on the apple and making funny noises, two things all of us dog owners love to see our best friends do. Just make sure the apple seeds and core have been removed, and watch the quantity you give and you are all set!