Can dogs eat apples? My grandma always used to say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and yes apples are one of the healthiest fruits, as far as humans go. They are always available and also affordable. But are they good or bad for the dogs? Can dogs eat apple skin or seeds? Keep reading to find out!
Quick answer: Yes, apples are among safest and healthiest fruits you could give your canine.
Are Apples Safe for the Dog?
They are absolutely safe if fed in moderation. The same thing goes for any fruit or vegetable. If your dog has too many apples, he will not end up like Snow White, don’t worry about that, but he’ll have vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. Do not take the risk!
How Should We Feed an Apple to a Dog?
Dogs can only eat raw, fresh apples, you can cook it if you want, but never give him a canned apple. Make sure to always take out the core first. Then clean out the seeds, because they contain cyanide. After that is done, cut your apple into small pieces. Obviously smaller pieces for a smaller dog. If your dog has a super sensitive stomach, contact the vet before introducing any new food to his diet.
What Are Health Benefits?
We all know that apples are full of vitamins and minerals. But what benefits could our canines have from eating them?
- They are amazing for doggies’ hart, due to its high potassium level. Usually, dogs that have irregular heartbeats do not have enough potassium in their system.
- Apples contain lots of Vitamin C, and although it is the truth that dogs can produce their own Vitamin C, as they age they are not as effective in doing that as they were. Vitamin C is also great for fighting cancer. It could be quiet beneficial for older dogs!
- Apples are a low-calorie fruit, that means that they are a great treat for dogs who‘re fighting
- They are known as a natural breath freshener, the great helper with canine dental problems like bad breath and they also clean residue on the dog’s teeth. However, this doesn’t mean that you should stop brushing your dog’s teeth completely.
Are Apples Bad For the Dogs?
They are not bad if your dog doesn’t have digestive problems or extremely sensitive stomach. But there are some risks, also as pineapples.
- Apples are high in fiber, which means that if we don’t control the number of apples he takes, stomach pain and/or constipation are in order.
- Other symptoms your dog could experience due to high fiber concentration are vomiting and/or diarrhea.
- Apples are a fruit high in sugar, so use them as an occasional treat.
A good thing is all of this can be avoided; just moderate the amount you feed to your dog.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.
|What is the Nutritional Value* of an Apple?||This is a nutritional value of raw, skinned apple; we have not included dried or canned apples since they are not healthy for the dogs.
· 58.2 Calories.
· 1.2 grams of Fat
· 7.7 mg. of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
· 34.1 mg. of Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
· 0.3 grams of Protein.
· 11.1 grams of Sugar.
· 14.0 grams of Carbohydrate.
· 41.8 IU of Vitamin A.
· 4.4 mg. of Vitamin C.
· 0.1 mg. of vitamin E.
· 0.7 mcg of Vitamin K.
· 3.7 mg. of Choline.
· 5.5 mg. of Calcium.
· 0.1 mg. of Iron.
· 4.4 mg. of Magnesium.
· 12.1 mg. of Phosphorus.
· 99.0 mg. of Potassium.
· 95.3 grams of Water.
*per 110 grams( one cup)
|What Dosage is Healthy?||Does an apple a day keep the vet away? Well now… Apples are healthy as an occasional treat, 2 to 3 times a week. Also, not the whole apple, half for a bigger canine, a quarter is enough for a smaller one. Always clean the skin and seeds and remember to cut it into small pieces.|
|What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?||Dogs are not usually allergic to apples, however, it is not impossible. If you notice these symptoms contact vet and stop feeding your dog apples:
· Excessive starching or licking.
· Change in energy level.
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.
Conclusion: Can Give My dog Apples?
Of course they can, it is even recommended, but not in an excessive amount and not every day. Apples are great in preventing multiple diseases; they are full of Vitamin C (great for fighting cancer), they do wonders for doggies’ hart, and cure many dental problems. Your dog will get all these benefits if you feed him in moderation, otherwise, he’ll have problems with diarrhea or constipation. And one other thing, if you have a dog with diabetes it would be best to find some other, less sugary fruit to feed him.
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