Can your dog eat apples? Fortunately, the answer is yes: apples are a safe, healthy and delicious addition to your dog’s diet. Therefore, next time you visit the grocery store pick up a few apples to set aside to slice up for your pup. Some might not like them but most pups, they adore them.
Benefits Of Apples
Not only do most dogs enjoy the sweet crunchiness of apples, but they’re also a great source of vitamin c, vitamin a, fiber, phosphorus, and calcium. And, if your pup will eat it, apple skin especially contains much of those healthy vitamins. It’s also perfectly safe to eat! Just remember to cut off and discard brown or rotten spots, just as you would for yourself.
Like other fruits and vegetables, apples can also help with weight management. Meaning, when looking for a supplement to your dog’s regular diet, reaching for an apple can be a smart, low calorie choice. Given their health benefits, the occasional addition of apples to your pup’s diet will help build a stronger immune system.
Feeding A Whole Apple
Apple seeds are not safe for dogs to eat, as they contain tiny traces of the toxic substance cyanide. While accidentally swallowing a seed or two is unlikely to hurt your dog, over time, the consumption of apple seeds could lead to poisoning.
So it’s important to always throw away the core first. It’s best to cut the fruit into small pieces before serving. The hard stem should be removed as well.
Too Many Apples?
Dogs can suffer upset stomachs or even diarrhea just like humans too when fed too many apples—especially tart ones. Therefore, it’s advisable to just use apple slices as occasional healthy treats. Or, supplement your dog’s regular diet with a bit of apple sprinkled in.
Also keep in mind that raw apples are very different from apples that have been processed. Canned or jarred apples are often preserved in high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, thus rendering them an unhealthy no-no for any dog. It’s best to stick to whole fresh apples only.