Can dogs eat apples? Everything you need to know
Can dogs eat apples?
Yes, dogs can eat apples!
If your dog hasn’t tried apple, you can give her a small piece to see if she likes it.
Is apple good for dogs?
Apple in moderation is a healthy snack for dogs. Apples are high in fibre as well as vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants. Eating pieces of apple with the skin on can help their dental hygiene and improve the smell of their breath.
How to feed a dog apple
- Wash the apple thoroughly
- Remove the core and seeds
- Cut a few slices or small chunks and give as a treat
- Or add grated apple to your dog’s food
- There is no need to remove the skin of the apple as it is safe for dogs to eat (although some dogs may prefer to eat apple without the skin)
How much apple can my dog eat?
Dogs should only be given apple in moderation, because too much can cause a stomach upset. In other words, “an apple a day” doesn’t always keep the vet away (and might in fact necessitate a visit)!
- Small dogs should have only 1 or 2 slices or small pieces per day
- Larger dogs should have only have up to 4 pieces per day, depending on their size
The nutritional benefit of apple for dogs
- High in Vitamin A and Vitamin C
- High in calcium and phosphorus
- High in antioxidants
- High in fibre
- Low in calories
- Zero fat, sodium and cholestrol
Apple recipes for dogs
Frozen apple and peanut butter treat
- Grated apple
- Unsweetened, pure peanut butter
- Plain, unsweetened yoghurt
Kong or Licky Mat (or other slow feeder that can hold wet food)
- Combine the grated apple with a couple of spoonfuls of unsweetened peanut butter and/or plain, unsweetened yoghurt.
- Stuff the mixture into a Kong and freeze for a cooling treat.
- Alternatively, spread the mixture over a licky mat for longer lasting enjoyment.
The risks of dogs eating apples
Apple seeds contain cyanide so your dog should not be allowed to eat the core, as that is where most of the seeds are found. Apples cores can also become a choking hazard.
Note: While accidental consumption of small amounts of apple seeds shouldn’t cause cyanide poisoning, eating large amounts of seeds or consuming a small amount regularly over time can cause cyanide poisoning.
Giving your dog too much apple at one time may cause a stomach upset, especially if your dog is not used to it. Always introduce a new food slowly and monitor for any signs of allergies or other ill effects.
If your dog has a sensitive stomach, you can try giving her peeled apple. The skin is where most of the fibre is stored, and because dogs usually have a slower digestive system, a higher fibre diet may cause an upset stomach.
Too many treats in your dog’s diet can cause health problems over the long term, including obesity and diabetes. Treats, including healthy ones like apple, should only comprise 10% of your dog’s diet, and are best avoided altogether in dogs that are overweight, diabetic and/or on a prescription diet. Always consult your vet for nutritional advice if you are unsure.
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