Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Man and canine, enjoying an evening together, star watching, sharing slices of apples. Alright, snap out of it! If you also imagined an evening like this, you may be asking yourself why you haven’t thought of an apple snack for your dog. On second thought, you may also ask yourself ‘Can dogs eat apples?’ We all know the saying, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, don’t we? But does it keep the vet away too? We (well most of us) love our crunchy, juicy, and healthy apple treat. And since some dogs like ‘people’ food, you might be wondering if it’s a good idea to feed apples to your dogs. So, let’s find out.
So, Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Simply put – yes they can. Apples are rich in vitamins A, C and K, dietary fiber, calcium, and phosphorus not only beneficial to humans but canines too. They are the closest to a natural crunchy snack your dog will love. Now we can bring that evening sky watching scene to life. However, there are some things you should know before you dash off to the fruit or grocery store. Let’s consider some important information about apples and their relationship with man’s best friend.
Benefits of Apples to Your Dog
Dogs need nutrients too! Aside from the nutritional value of apples, dog experts say that apples are a safe way to satisfy your dog’s sweet tooth. Dogs love sweet things just like us. Several dog owners tell stories of their dogs sitting up immediately a bar of chocolate is produced. An apple can help soothe and satisfy sweet teeth in dogs.
Apples also help clean the teeth naturally and give them fresh breath. Apples contain malic acid and are also great for polishing your dog’s teeth — just be careful not to give your dog the core, as it contains the seeds, which are toxic to the canines. Apples are low protein and low in calories. Plus, vitamin C and antioxidants can help with conditions in the joint. Fiber also contributes to the dog’s gastrointestinal health. Apples will boost your pooch’s immune system and improve the skin of your dog as well as helping prevent cancer developing.
They also add to your dog’s skin health with the addition of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to their diet.
The great thing is you can feed apples to your dogs no matter their age – whether adorable little puppies or old walk-buddies. Plus, it’s easy on your wallet too. Apples are the cheapest snacks you can give your dogs.
What Varieties of Apples Can Your Dog Eat
We are now certain that dogs can eat apples. But are there some types of apples to avoid? The answer is simply, no. There are thousands of apple varieties to choose from. And if your dog isn’t picky, it will like them all – crunchy or tart, local or exotic. Apples are a great treat. So if you’re concerned about a particular variety not available where you live, do not worry. Your locally grown apple is all you need unless your dog is feeling super exotic.
How Do You Feed Apples to Your Dogs?
You can serve raw slices of apples to your dog or include them in a recipe.
First, wash the apple. Whether to peel it or not depends on how your dog reacts. So try both.
Secondly, and very important, core the apple. You don’t want to feed the seeds to your dog, trust me. Seeds contain cyanide which, when constantly consumed will accumulate in your dog’s body and become hazardous to its health.
You can serve your apple in neat chewable slices. Some even recommend a drizzle of honey on the slices. Again, check with your dog first. Make the slices small enough for your dog to chew. The smaller sizes, the easier it is to eat. You can begin with small quantities if it’s your dog’s first time so it becomes used to the new ingredient in its diet. If you’re feeling all Chef-ish, you can get fancy with it and try out some apple recipes. But pay attention to your dog’s reaction.
Some simple apple recipes include; homemade apple chips, oat and apple pretzel, and kale apple mint dog treat recipe.
You can try a simple apple-peanut butter treat right at home. Below is the recipe.
The Ingredients Needed Are:
- Four cups of oat flour. You can add more if necessary.
- Two-thirds cup of applesauce (unsweetened).
- Half a cup of peanut butter.
- Two whole eggs.
Follow These Directions:
- First, make sure your oven is preheated to three hundred and fifty (350) degrees.
- Next, mix your ingredients in a mixing bowl. Now add your oat flour and stir. Be sure to stir until the dough loses its stickiness.
- That done, flatten your dough with a rolling pin until it’s about a quarter of an inch thick.
- Now the fun part. Cut your dough into the shapes you want. Please be sure to make your cuts small enough for your dog to chew.
- Once done, arrange your shapes carefully on a baking sheet (preferably, one with parchment paper). Now bake for twenty to twenty to thirty minutes. Your treats should come out dry.
- Let them cool and voila! They’re ready to serve. Simple and easy, isn’t it?
- Thank me later!
How Much Apple Is Too Much Apple
So you want to know how many apples a day your dog is allowed to have. How much is too much and what are the side effects? Like stated previously, it’s best to start feeding smaller portions – a small slice or two. This will not only help usher your dog to the new doggy treat; it will also make it easier to gauge how it reacts to it. In case of any allergic reaction, a bigger problem may be avoided when you only feed little quantities at the beginning. Also, add small portions to their main diet. This means you’ll have to reduce portions of their normal food and then supplement it with the apple.
If your dog has some ailments like diabetes or kidney problems, please first consult your veterinarian before introducing apples to their diet. This is to help avoid serious complications. Normally, two or three slices are allowed for a serving. If your dog loves more apples, try out some of the apple recipes.
Because most of the calories in apples come from naturally occurring sugar, they can contribute to weight increase in your dog. You want a healthy dog.
Also, overfeeding your dog with apples may disturb their bowels and leave you with a sick dog and lots of dog poop to clean. You don’t want that.
What If Your Dog Refuses?
So you’re trying to feed your dog an apple treat for the first time. Chances are, it might reject the new addition to its diet. This may be due to some reasons:
One, your dog could be picky. Two, it may just not like the taste of apples. Or three, your dog may be used to only a particular type of diet.
Don’t pull out your hair. Here are some things you could try:
- Get Creative
Try using the apple in different meals. Especially the meals your dog loves. Use foods your dog loves best and creatively weave in your apple ingredient. It doesn’t have to be raw apple slices. You can even try baking or shallow frying the apple slices in grind fish or meat wrapping. Dogs love protein. Just be creative with it. But always try your new recipes in moderation. I can’t emphasize that enough. Some combinations may be harmful to your dog so conduct appropriate research and seek professional advise.
There’s a reason why variety is the spice of life. Apples, as indicated earlier, come in several different varieties. If the options are available to you, try changing the type you serve your dog. Keep trying a different variety each time, until you hit the bullseye. Also, you can mix things up a little, even with the raw apple serving. Try adding other fresh fruits or vegetables to your serving.
A Word of Caution
Consult your vet first if your dog has diabetes, cancer, or kidney-related ailments before feeding it apples. Please don’t take chances. If there are other things you’re unsure about concerning apple treats for your dog, speak with your vet. Otherwise, you should be able to apply some common sense in moderation. A happy dog, a happy owner…I believe.
In a nutshell (sorry I couldn’t come up with an apple pun to replace nutshell), dogs eat apples. Some dogs even love them. Apples are safe for your furry friend. Only keep these important points in mind:
- Begin feeding with smaller portions and observe your dog’s reaction. Moderation is key. Serve raw apples in chewable slices. That’s because, your dog could choke if it tries to swallow a chunk too large and it gets stuck in its throat. You don’t want to even imagine that right?
- Core the apple and get rid of the seeds. They’re a no-no because of their cyanide content. When the cyanide accumulates, it will put your dog’s health in danger.
- Speak with your veterinarian first if your dog has ailments like diabetes, cancer or kidney-related problems. Or if you have other questions on your mind. Please don’t take avoidable risks. You could put your dog in harm’s way.
So, if you’re good to go, you can get started on your recipes for a star-watching date with your pooch.