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Can Dogs Eat Apples

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Biologically speaking, dogs are naturally designed to eat only rawhide and meat. They have sharp and powerful dogs to rip away the flesh and munch on bones. Nowhere in the mouth can you find molars or pre-molars that are used extensively for grinding food. Hence, dogs are primarily fed only bones, meat and animal hide.

Can Dogs Eat Apples

Well, there can be no generalized answers to this question, but the odds are favourable for your dog friend if you occasionally let him munch a piece of your apple or let him have apple pie or add apple juices to his daily food for a change. Vets are all for introducing apples into your dogs diet but not going overboard with it.

Pros of Feeding your Dog Apples

1. Your dog can be protected from cancer as apples contain phytonutrients that decrease or destroy the carcinogenic content in dog food, thus warding off or at best delaying dog cancer.

2. Apples contain generous amounts of vitamin A and C, both of which are highly useful for dogs. They help the dog fight off disease like ëhip dysplasiaí Moreover, meat and animal hide is deficient in vitamins and minerals and apples can help fulfil these vitamin requirements in your dog.

3. Apples contain dietary fibre, which, when consumed in moderation, can strengthen your dogís metabolism and immune system. Excretion and roughage emission is also made easier with fibre.

4. Apples are a good source of omega ñ three and omega ñ six fatty acids. These acids help fortify your dog’s immune system and ensure that your dog has a shiny coat and lustrous hair.

Cons of Feeding your Dog Apples

As stressed above, apples are to be fed only in moderation. Overfeeding your dog with apples can lead to the following dysfunctions.

1. While apples are great for dogs, apple seeds are not! Apple seeds contain amygdalin, a type of cyanide, which can severely hamper blood flow in dogs and destroy their intestinal lining.

2. Diarrhea and kidney stones can be formed in dogs if overfed with apples, owing to the high calcium and phosphorus deposits in them.

This tasty fruit has many health benefits, and it is said that an apple a day keeps a doctor away. What about the vet? Can dogs eat apples? Yes, in a short summary. Before you give your dog a side dish of apple kabobs, here are some things you should know.

Are Apples Good Or Not for Dogs?

Your dog will love apple slices. Apples are rich in vitamins A, K and C. They also contain a lot of fiber. This power fruit is also low in fat and high in calcium and phosphorous making it an excellent snack.

For an icy treat, your pup can enjoy raw or frozen apple slices. You should make sure that the apple is small enough to be safe for your dog.

Also, it is important to remove all stems, leaves and seeds from apples before you serve them. These parts can be toxic. Don’t allow your dog to touch the core of an apple. It could contain seeds and can pose a danger to your dog’s health.

Apples are low in protein making them a great snack for seniors and dogs who have difficulty digesting protein. This fruit also has antioxidants, which are important in reducing the risk of developing joint disease and cancer.

Apples are a great choice for training because you can easily cut them into small pieces. You can give your dog apples as a reward for following your commands. If these aren’t enough reasons to give apples to your dog, you might also consider that apples can help improve your dog’s breath. This is a win-win situation for you both!

What is the Daily Allowance for Dogs to Eat Apples?

No matter how delicious or unhealthy the treats are, they should not exceed 10% of your pup’s daily calories. A good serving size for your dog is one to two slices depending on her size and food habits. A small puppy, for example, should have only a few pieces of apple per day.

Even healthy foods can cause problems such as weight gain or upset stomach if they are consumed in excess. Moderation is the best policy with any treat.

What Parts of Apples are Bad for Dogs?

You should remove any extra pieces from apples you give to your dog. These include the apple stem, seeds, and leaves. The apple’s fruit is safe for dogs. However, the extra parts can pose a risk to your pet.

The cyanide in apple seeds can cause significant harm to your dog. Your dog wouldn’t be able to eat enough to cause any serious problems. The stem may also contain toxic elements. It is best to get rid of all the pieces from the apple before giving it to your dog.

If your dog accidentally swallows the apple core, it could cause a serious problem. Watch your dog closely if she eats any apple seeds or other potentially harmful parts of the apple. Call the Pet Poison Helpline immediately. If your dog seems lethargic or is experiencing vomiting, call your vet immediately.

Sugar is High in Apples

Apples are a healthy food but they can also be very difficult for diabetic dogs. Moderation is the key to avoiding stomach upset and weight gain.

Can Dogs Eat Apple Products?

Apples are safe and healthy for your dog, but not for apple-flavored products. These products often contain artificial flavors, chemicals, or lots of sugar. These additional ingredients are not good for your dog and can pose additional risks to your pet.

Artificially sweetened products can be extremely poisonous to dogs, such as artificially sweetened sugar substitutes xylitol. If you decide to give your dog apple-flavored products, be sure to read all the ingredients and consult your vet before you give it to your dog.

Best Tips to Feed Your Dog Apples

You should remove all the bits and pieces from the apple before giving it to your dog. Apples can be contaminated with pesticides and other products. Washing the apple first is good for both your dog as well as for you.

Talk to your vet before you give your dog apples. Be sure to inform your vet if you have any special conditions that could be made worse by apples.

Watch your dog closely when you give apples to her (or any other food) for the very first time. Your vet should be notified immediately if your dog has trouble breathing, coughs, or is acting strangely after eating the fruit.

Apple Recipes for Dogs

Making homemade dog treats is a great way to show your pet how much you care. You can make apple cookies right out of the oven, or you can give them to your dog in other forms. Your dog will be happy to receive a few apples in her dog bowl.

Here’s a delicious recipe to get you started.

Peanut Butter & Applesauce Cookies For Dogs

3 cups whole-wheat flour

2 cups quick oatmeal

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup organic, unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon baking powder

Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oils

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Make sure to knead the dough on a floured surface. If the dough becomes too crumbly, you can add more oil.

The dough should be rolled out onto floured surfaces until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough with a cookie cutter to create fun shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart. The cookies should be baked for 25 minutes. Let them cool completely before serving. The cookies can be kept in an airtight container for up to one week.

What Does Dogs Eat? 


Dogs remain one of humanity’s most cherished pets. Because they serve as pals and securities to their owners. One of the most interesting things about dogs is their ability to sense impending danger and warn their owners of it with some strange attitudes. One another things that are also fascinating about dogs are their nutrition and diet.

One question this article is mainly centred on is that “Can dogs eat an apple ?”. Yes, they can. You can chop them, peel them or core them. All you need to do is make sure that they don’t eat the seeds or stem since they contain large amounts of toxins that are harmful to the dog’s health. They can cause abnormal functioning of the blood and destroying the linen walls of the stomach. Feeding the dog with a whole apple is not a good idea, but the rest of the apple is safe for dogs to eat. It is very interesting to note dogs have a great appetite for all kinds of foods that appeals to them.

Apples are very good for dogs because they help in bloating, loose stools, gutted stomach walls etc. But I wonder how it will digest easily in their stomach since cows even find it difficult to take these apples. I believe dogs possess a natural “stomach grinder” different from ruminants. By the way, giving the dog an apple every day helps to vet away. Like humans, fruits are very important for our upbuilding so do dogs. It is even believed in some parts of North Africa that dogs that take in more apple are more “beautiful” and “handsome” than those who feed on a normal diet. Wow, this is interesting. Beautiful and Handsome? I am yet to see an “ugly” dog.

The phytonutrients apples contain helps prevent some cancer disorders in these dogs; examples are crunchy treats of the dogs are a good source of dietary fibre that enables cancer disorders in the dog’s body to disappear. Also, the apples contain omega-three and omega-six fatty acids. This will help prevent dog diseases and ensure that the dog’s texture and coat are in good shape. It is also believed that phytonutrients enhance dogs’ sexual staminal rate, enabling them to perform better sex with their partners. It is believed that these nutrients stimulate the sex drive of the dog to have better sex with a partner. Likewise, human beings, dogs with better sex with their partners, are believed to have more sexual partners than those whose drive is normal. Female partners lurk around for sex. That is very wonderful. This is all due to the phytonutrients in the apples. Better sexual drive with more partners among animals? Wow.

Finally, the large consumption of apples in dogs can lead to stomach upset that will cause the dog to suffer from diarrhea. Apples have high recurring sugar level. Sugar is from the processing sugar and is therefore found in dog treats. With this, the reaction created makes the linen in the stomach tracts up and down. Natural Sugar can cause obesity in the dog if it is allowed to stuff the whole apple itself. Apples have great benefits for the dog and can help in physical health traction.

Are Apples Good For Dogs 

Apples are eaten in a lot more ways than just the raw form. They are baked, cooked, made into apple sauces, and apple juice is well-liked by children! People have a habit of sharing whatever they eat with their pets. Hence, dogs are given apples too. But we also know that all those foods that are good for us humans need not be equally good for animals. When it comes to fruits, most of them are good for dogs, just as they are good for human beings. Humans and dogs are 95% similar in genes but do have a different metabolic system. The digestive system of our dog friends has additional capabilities. Hence, some foods which we eat in our day to day lives may hurt dogs. So, is it okay to feed apples to dogs? Dogs would get the same nutrition from apples that we humans get but are they capable of digesting an apple? Can dogs eat apples?

When it comes to the preference of dogs, well, they love eating apples and with gusto! Apples are high in nutrition and fibre. Being a good source of vitamin C, it helps dogs who suffer from hip dysplasia. Many human foods have high saturated fat content in them. Saturated fat causes the development of heart problems in dogs. Apples come as a handy snack for dogs as they are low in sodium and saturated fat; hence, they can be given to your pet daily. This fruit is known to control and cure skin allergies too. Regular consumption of apples gives flawless skin. The fruit has a high omega-three content and omega-six fatty acids content, which gives them a healthy and shiny coat.

Even though apples are beneficial for dogs, an owner should be alert while feeding their dogs with apples as there are parts of an apple that dogs should not eat. The stem, the leaves and the seeds are toxic to their system. The substance called ‘cyanogenic glycosides’ in apples can lead to cyanide poisoning if consumed. The most hazardous substance is in the seeds. Hence, one should prevent their pet from eating or chewing the seeds of an apple. Consumption of too much apple can also be a reason for digestive problems in your dog. And no owner would like to deal with dog diarrhea! Dogs are good eaters. Therefore, precaution must be taken, and they must be given apples in moderation.

Dogs give a pleading look when they see their owner munching food; saying no to them is not what we like doing, but don’t worry! Share your apple with your canine friend but take care that you don’t feed them seeds along with the fruit and make sure that the apple is well chopped.

Other ‘Human Foods’ that Dogs Can Eat are:

Melons, Baby Carrots, Tomatoes, Celery, Oat bran, Broccoli, Wheat, Beet Pulp, Sunflower Seeds (shelled), Soybean Hulls, Corn, Rice Bran, Citrus Pulp, Peanut Butter, Mushroom, Berries (fresh and frozen), Cooked Chicken, Cheese, Bananas, Bread, Potatoes, Spinach etc.

Jeremy C. Harper

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