Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world, of which almost 27 million are eaten by humans every day in the US alone! But can dogs eat apples? Let’s see what you need to know!
Can dogs eat apples?
Yes! Dogs can eat apples. In fact, they can be a great addition to your pup’s diet. Packed with vitamins and minerals, giving your dog apples has many health benefits, as well as being a tasty sweet treat.
That said, apples are not a meal replacement, but a tasty, healthy addition to a balanced diet. Like any treat, apples should be given to dogs in moderation and prepared for them to eat safely.
It’s also important to know which parts are safe for your dog to eat; the skin and meat are fine to give to your dog, but the core, stem and seeds are not.
Can dogs eat red and green apples?
Yes, dogs can eat both red and green apples. although green apples are actually slightly healthier than red ones because they are lower in carbs and sugar, and have a little extra vitamin A!
Can I core my dog?
No, you should not feed cores to your dog. If you want to give your dog apples, do it only give them the peel and flesh of the apple, not the core. Apple cores pose a serious choking hazard and can even cause internal blockages if swallowed, which is very dangerous.
Are apple seeds poisonous to dogs?
The short answer is yes, Apple seeds are poisonous to dogs – and people! This is because they contain traces of cyanide, a highly toxic chemical. However, the amount of cyanide in apple seeds is very small and would have to be consumed in huge quantities to have a life-threatening effect.
In fact, the average dog would have to eat seeds from about 200 apples to be poisoned by them. That’s a lot of apples!
That said, if a dog has liver disease, small amounts of cyanide can be fatal, so keep this in mind. Even if your dog is healthy, Apple seeds still pose a constipation hazard if swallowed. So it is best to avoid giving your dog apple seeds.
Can puppies eat apples?
Yes, puppies over 12 weeks old can eat small bite-sized slices of apple as an odd treat in addition to a healthy, balanced diet.
Can dogs have apple juice?
A little bit of organic apple juice is fine to give your dog, as long as it is not concentrated. Concentrated juice contains a lot of added sugars, which is not healthy for dogs! However, a few licks of all-natural juice are fine.
How much apple can I give my dog?
The general rule of thumb is that you are allowed to let your dog around 1-3 slices of apple at once, depending on the size of your dog. A smaller dog, such as a Chihuahuait is best to get a few slices while a larger dog, such as a Labradormay have two or three.
As with any treat, too much apple can give your dog an upset stomach. So if your dog gets a stomach ache after eating a few slices of apple, try giving him a smaller portion next time.
How often can a dog eat apples?
Apples are a healthy snack, but should be eaten in moderation, so a slice or two every day is fine in place of a regular dog snack, or a few times a week in addition to regular dog treats and cookies.
How to feed your dog apple
As mentioned above, you shouldn’t just give your dog a whole apple. It is too large a portion and it is also a choking and clogging hazard. It is best to feed your dog small slices to avoid safety hazards and for better portion control.
There are also more creative and fun ways to give your dog apples. If you ever cook apples for yourself as a warm winter treat, consider giving your dog a few spoonfuls in his food bowl, as long as they don’t contain added sugar.
For the summer you can even make a small apple smoothie or ice cream by mixing some organic apple juice with some yogurt. Alternatively, you can bake them in some homemade dog biscuits. Delicious!
Benefits of eating apples for dogs
Apples are A great source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium for dogs. They are also low in sugar, making them an acceptable treat for dogs with diabetes. Vitamin C is a powerful, essential antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body, and vitamin A supports healthy vision, bone growth, reproduction and cellular differentiation, as well as immune health.
Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in the electrical charge of the heart and aids in nerve health and muscle movement. They’re also packed with other antioxidants and fiber, especially in the peel, which promotes healthy digestion and weight maintenance. The texture of apples also provides good teeth cleaning and breath freshener!
Risks of eating apples for dogs
As we mentioned above, the two largest The risks of eating apples for dogs include choking and internal blockages, but this is actually only a risk if you let them eat the core and/or seeds. If they eat the core, they’ll probably be fine, but you need to be aware of the risks.
Signs of choking in dogs include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Gag reflex
- Paw to the mouth
If your dog starts choking, open his mouth without tilting his head back and remove the apple if you can see it. If you can’t do that, you should use the Heimlich maneuver to loosen it.
An internal blockage is exactly what it sounds like; when a small, tough or jagged object gets stuck in the intestines.
Signs of internal blockages in dogs include:
- Diarrhea or inability to defecate
- Breathe quickly
- Loss of appetite
- Thirst and dehydration
- Licking lips
- Bloated feeling
- Intense discomfort and pain
Internal blockages almost always require surgery to remove. Some of these symptoms can also indicate other things, but it is important to get them checked out as soon as possible because internal blockages can be very dangerous, painful and fatal.
Apple seed poisoning
As we mentioned above, a healthy dog will not be poisoned by eating a few apple seeds, but if your dog suffers from liver disease, it can have a fatal effect.
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- To attack
You should take your dog to the vet as soon as possible if he shows signs of poisoning, or call the vet Pet Poison Helpline if you are not sure.
Can dogs be allergic to apples?
Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to almost anything, including apples. However, it is a fairly rare allergy. Signs of food allergies to look out for in dogs include excessive shedding, poor coat quality, smelly coat, low energy and frequent stomach upset.
If you think your dog may be allergic to something, consider having a food allergy test with your vet and of course eliminate what the dog is allergic to. Fortunately, apples are quite specific, so if your dog is allergic to apples it shouldn’t affect his overall diet too much, and there are plenty of alternatives.
Alternatives to apples for dogs
If you can’t or don’t want to give your dog apples, consider some of these safe, fruity alternatives!
Apricots are a tasty alternative to apples and are known to improve digestion and lower blood pressure. Make sure to remove the pit, stem and leaves first.
Bananas are another great, low-calorie alternative to apples. They are rich in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium and manganese, as well as fiber.
Pumpkin is a very good treat for dogs and is actually a common ingredient in dog food because of its great digestive benefits. They are also a wonderful natural remedy for stomach problems. Don’t forget to cook it first, or buy a can of pure pumpkin, or some pumpkin puree.
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants and even contain Omega-3, which is great for healthy bones, skin and coat. Try them with blueberries in our frozen dog treats recipe.
Pineapple is packed with healthy vitamins and minerals for dogs, including manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium and iron, as well as calcium, phosphorus and zinc.
Other fruits you can give your dog include:
Fruits to avoid
Poisonous and dangerous fruits for never Give your dog:
- Grapes & raisins
Does your dog love apples? Let us know in the comments below!