Have you had a bite of an apple and wondered if it was safe to share with your dog? Are you unsure if it’s safe for you to let your dog have some of that red crunchy fruit? This post will help you know what to do when your pet and their favorite fruit collide.
Here at Dogs Wiz, we know that dogs and human food have been a hot topic lately, and we want to make sure that our furry friends can enjoy all the same foods we can! But how do you know whatever we eat is safe for them to eat as well? Well, don’t worry! That’s where we come in!
So Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Yes, apples are considered safe for dogs to eat as they are nutritious and come with a lot of health benefits. Apples contain antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C, and are good for digestion for your dog. They can also help your dog lose weight! But it’s important to remember that every dog is different, and some may have a health condition that can cause an adverse reaction.
When Are Apples Bad For Dogs?
Apples’ seeds and cores contain cyanide – a poisonous substance that can be deadly to your dog. So if you feed your dog the whole apple and its seeds and core (which we don’t recommend) they can accidentally poison themselves. And it can happen quickly! The seeds and core of apples will begin to release cyanide if they get wet, so if you must share your apple with your dog, just be sure to remove the seeds and core first. As this is not an issue if you only feed your dog the apple’s flesh, don’t worry there.
Are Apples Bad for My Dog’s Teeth?
When dogs eat apples, they actually help strengthen their teeth. Apples are one of the best fruits to clean your dog’s teeth, making them perfect for doggy dental hygiene. Contrary to what most people believe, the sugars in apples don’t rot their dog’s teeth. The acids and starches found in the flesh and core of apples help to break down plaque, which actually helps to clean your dog’s teeth.
How to Serve Apples to My Dog Safely?
You may have heard that feeding your dog an apple that is still attached to the stem can cause them to choke. This is not true. The stem you picture in your mind is actually a complex system of small, hard fibers that are responsible for helping the apple support itself! They are not designed to help your pet eat the apple safely. So feel free to give those apples a squeeze!
Feed apples to your dog without the seeds and core by cutting the apple into small pieces. You can also slice the apple in half and feed them with their meat still attached. If you’d like, you can freeze the apple slices, which will make it easier for your dog to enjoy them. Remember to remove the seeds and core for safety!
Can I Make My Dog an Apple Treat?
You can make apple treats for your dog by simply cutting apples up into squares or slices, and then cooking them in the oven at 350°F for about 15 minutes. Since this is one of the easiest ways to cook apples (and trust me, they taste delicious) you can also mix in some peanut butter, cheese, or yogurt with your dog’s pieces to make it even tastier! You can also freeze pieces of apple by cutting them into small pieces and then storing the slices in an airtight container in the freezer. If you do this, just be sure to let them thaw before giving them to your pet.
How Many Apples Can My Dog Eat in One Sitting?
As with any food item, too much is worse than not enough. So watch how much you feed your dog when sharing their favorite fruit with them. Keep in mind that when served without any added ingredients (such as cheese or peanut butter), one medium-sized apple contains about 125 calories. So it’s a little bit of a calorie hog, but not a huge one!
What kind of Apples Can My Dog Eat?
Any apple will be safe for your dog to eat, but some are better than others. Gala apples are crisp and sweet, making them great for your dog’s digestion. Fuji apples are very sweet, and the flesh is red and very juicy. They’re my dog’s favorite! (But eat one and see if you like it too!)
Red delicious apples are a little sweeter than the fuji apple, and also contain a lot of helpful antioxidants. Choose an apple that’s red or green but not yellowing on the outside, as they’re ripened longer. Remember that there are health benefits to all colors on the spectrum! For example, Granny Smith apples have more vitamin C than red delicious apples do.
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