Can Dogs Eat Apples? What You Should Know.
Can Dogs Have Apples?
Yes. Apples are safe for dogs. In fact, apples are packed with nutritional value to keep your dog happy and healthy. So the next time you're munching on an apple, give your dog a bite or two.
Just like with anything else, moderation is important. Apples should be considered a snack. You know what they say…an apple a day keeps the vet away!
Benefits of Apples
Apples contain a prolific amount of vitamins and nutrients that can benefit dogs. Apples are also low in protein and calories, so your dog won’t get full fast while eating apples.
Apples should be given as a supplemental snack. A simple rule to remember is the 90/10 rule. A dog’s diet should consist of 90% of their regular dog food and 10% snacks (American Kennel Club).
Apples contain the following vitamins and nutrients to help keep your dog healthy:
- Calcium. Calcium aids in bone health and muscle strength.
- Potassium. Potassium can increase metabolism, improve bone density, and help maintain the balance of fluid in the body.
- Vitamin A. Vitamin A has been shown to improve eye health and boosts the immune system.
- Vitamin C. Vitamix C can boost the immune system and reduce cognitive decline.
- Fiber. Fiber helps boost the digestive system and aid in weight control.
- Polyphenols- only found in fruits and vegetables, antioxidants help the immune system, and can reduce the risk of cancer, heart and bone disease
Frequently Asked Questions
Can dogs have apple skin?
Yes, dogs can eat apple skin. The skin will actually add a little more fiber to your pet's diet.
If you chosen not to peel the apple first, keep in mind that it is still important to wash the apple. Apples can easily pick up germs, pesticides, or other bacteria that can easily be washed away with cold water.
Can dogs be allergic to apples?
In very rare cases, some dogs can have an allergic reaction to eating apples. When first adding apples to your dog’s diet, start with a small amount. Pay attention to any coughing, sneezing, itching, or breathing difficulties.
Can dogs eat too many apples?
Dogs can overindulge in apples. Apples contain natural sugars and starch and when too much is consumed dogs can have an upset stomach. Smaller dogs should be limited to a slice or two per day. Larger dogs can eat more, but be sure to follow the 90/10 rule.
Can dogs eat apple cores and seeds?
Dogs should not eat cores and seeds. Prepare apples in slices or bite-sized chunks to be safe and provide a healthy treat for your dog.
Cores should be avoided because they pose a choking hazard. Dogs can choke on the core or they could get lodged in the intestines.
Apple seeds contain toxins, like cyanide, and should never be consumed. A stray seed or two isn’t an emergency, but if many are ingested, they can have a significant negative impact on a dog.