Can dogs eat apple cores? The answer is No!
Apples are tasty low-calorie fruits. They contain a range of nutrients that can be beneficial for the health of dogs, as well as humans. However, you have to be careful before you feed an apple to dogs as not every part of this fruit is safe to eat.
The core can be a choking hazard to dogs, plus there are seeds that contain a very small amount of a poisonous chemical called Cyanide. If your dog chews on the core, there’s a good chance that he/she swallows some seeds too. Therefore, you have to remove the core and seeds of an apple before feeding it to your dog.
Here’s everything you need to know about apple cores and seeds and their harmful effects on a dog’s health.
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Can Dogs Eat Apple Cores?
No. Dogs cannot eat apple cores.
Eating apple cores can result in choking which is a life-threatening situation.
The tough center of the apples is hard for dogs to chew. There are high chances of your dog choking if they gulp down the core. Some of the signs that your dog is choking are:
- Lots of drooling
- Coughing with sounds of getting gagged
- Difficulty in breathing
- Signs of panic such as excessive pawing at the mouth and panting.
Remember, CHOKING IS AN EMERGENCY. If you find your dog choking on apple cores or any other foreign object, contact your vet immediately. Your dog can collapse and get unconscious if immediate treatment is not done.
Can Dogs Eat Apple Seeds?
No. Dogs cannot eat apple seeds.
The human body produces enough enzymes to detoxify the amount of cyanide present in the apple seeds, but it can be a risk to a dog’s health. Here’s something about cyanide that can help us understand this toxic chemical better.
Cyanide is a rapidly acting and potentially deadly chemical compound. It contains the cyano group, which consists of a carbon atom triple-bonded to a nitrogen atom (C≡N). This chemical can be found in natural plants and plant-based foods such as almonds, lima beans, and cassava. It can also be found in pits and seeds of fruits such as apples, peaches, and apricots.
Symptoms of Cyanide Poisoning in Dogs
It is very rare for healthy dogs to get cyanide poisoning through apple seeds as the amount of cyanide is very low. However, if dogs are old, or they have a liver condition, apple seeds can be harmful to their health in the long run.
Some of the symptoms of cyanide poisoning in dogs are:
- Rapid breathing
- Increased heartbeat
If immediate veterinary care is not provided, the dog can suffer from seizure and cardiac arrest.
Cyanide poisoning isn’t the result of ingesting few apple seeds. Over time, the chemical from multiple apple seeds may accumulate in the dog’s body which will then result in the risk of poisoning. Therefore, it is best to remove apple seeds from the day you introduce this fruit to your dog!
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