Have you ever noticed that your dog loves the taste of apples and can’t get enough of them?
It might come as a surprise, but a lot of dogs find apples delicious and will get a bite wherever they have the chance.
But can dogs eat apples and should you give Rover apples as a treat?
Read on to find out.
Can Dogs Eat All Kinds of Apples?
In general, all kinds of apples are safe and non-toxic for dogs. You don’t have to worry about your pet getting poisoned by an apple if you catch him eating some in the garden.
In fact, apples are quite beneficial for the health of your pet.
Why? Because they are an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system
- Vitamin A – essential for proper organ function
- Vitamin E – potent antioxidant which reverses cell damage
- Vitamin B6 and B12
- Vitamin K
Moreover, apples contain a lot of fiber, which is beneficial for the digestive system. And the antioxidant effect might be beneficial for dogs with joint disease.
In addition to this, the delicious fruit is low in sodium, fat, and calories. That means apples are the perfect substitute as a treat for dogs that have to follow a strict low-fat diet.
What’s more, apples are a healthy way to satisfy your dog’s sweet tooth instead of offering chocolate, which can be toxic to dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Lots of Apples?
All things are good for your health as long as they are in moderation. The same goes for your pet. Eating too many apples might result in a bloated stomach and diarrhea.
So, you shouldn’t give Rover more than a few slices a day.
In addition to this, you must introduce apples to your dog’s diet slowly. Every dog reacts differently to some food, so you’d want to make sure that your furbaby won’t end up with a stomach ache.
Is it Safe for Dogs to Eat Apple Cores, Seeds, Skin and Peel?
Veterinarians advise that you remove the core and the seeds before giving your dog apples. That’s because, the seeds contain cyanide, a toxic substance.
I know that you’ve seen people eating apple seeds and not dropping dead in the next few hours. That’s because the occasional seed is not harmful.
However, eating a lot of seeds over a period of time will lead to the accumulation of cyanide in the body. And that’s quite dangerous for humans and pet alike.
In addition to this, the apple’s core possesses a choking hazard, especially for dogs that inhale their food without properly chewing it. Skin and peels are not as dangerous, but they are hard to digest and they might cause a blockage if your greedy pet eats them whole.
Can Dogs Eat Dried, Frozen or Baked Apples?
Dried apples have a higher carbohydrate count than a fresh one. Moreover, if you buy them from the store, they might include additional sugar or salt, which is not recommended for your pet. So, avoid feeding Rover too many dried applies.
Frozen apples, on the other hand, are an excellent treat to keep your dog occupied for a while. Moreover, they are easy to prepare, and you can also enjoy a piece of frozen apple in a hot summer day.
You can also bake the apples and prepare baked apple chips to give your dog.
Can Diabetic Dogs Eat Apples?
If your pet has diabetes, you must monitor Rover’s diet and make sure that he is eating healthy food. But can apples be a part of his diet? Well, apples do contain carbohydrates and sugar, so they are going to raise the blood sugar.
However, apples are also an excellent source of fiber which is beneficial for diabetic dogs because they might slow down the sugar absorption.
Since every animal is different, I recommend that you speak with your vet. Based on your dog’s overall health condition, the vet will advise you if and how many apples you can feed your dog.
Can Dogs with Kidney Failure Eat Apples?
A dog with kidney failure must avoid food rich in sodium and high in protein. As I already pointed out, apples have low-fat, low-sodium content, so they are not likely to cause problems in dogs with kidney failure.
What’s more, the high fiber content, the antioxidants, and vitamins present in apples can be beneficial for your dogs. Apples also have a low phosphorous count, which is another thing you have to watch for in dogs with kidney failure.
However, speak with your veterinarian first before you introduce any new fruits or vegetables to your dog’s diet. A few slices of apple here and there would probably be okay, but some fruits might lead to additional kidney damage such as grapes and raisins.
Can I give My Dog Apple Sauce, Apple Butter, and Apple Jelly?
Just like dried apples, applesauce usually contains more sugar than fresh apples. What’s more, some brands have added preservatives and coloring agents that might upset a dog’s stomach.
So, if you want to feed your dog applesauce, you must look for a sugar-free brand with no preservatives or coloring. Remember to keep the portions small.
Apple butter and apple jelly are also rich in sugar and calories so that I wouldn’t recommend them as a treat for dogs. You might give a small serving once in a while to tempt your dog to take his medication, for example, but not as a regular part of the dog’s diet.
Quick & Easy Apple Dog Treat Recipe(s)
Finally, here is a quick & easy recipe for apple dog treats. Give it a try!
- Peanut butter
- A bowl
- A cooking cutter
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet
- A knife
- Start by peeling two apples.
- Cut them into small pieces and put them in the bowl.
- Add one cup of oats, ½ cup of flour, ¼ cup of peanut butter, and one egg.
- Mix the ingredients well until you reach the consistency of a dough.
- Preheat the oven to 300 F.
- Get the dough and place it on a flat surface.
- Roll it out with the pin until it’s 1/2" thick.
- Get your cooking cutter and cut out the cookies.
- Place them on the baking sheet and put them in the over.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Take the cookies out and let them cool down.
- Store the treats in an airtight container.
Alternatively, you can cut the apples into small pieces and bake them in the oven until they get crispy and crunchy.
Apples are a delicious treat for dogs, and you can safely let your pooch enjoy them from time to time. Just keep an eye for any signs of stomach discomfort.
What do you think about this topic? Does your dog eat apples? What’s your recipe for apple dog treats? Share in the comments.