Apples are available almost all year long, and you know what they say… An apple a day keeps the doctor away! But does this apply to our furry best friends too? Can dogs eat apples?
Can dogs eat apples?
Yes, you can share apples with your dog. Apple slices can be a delicious and healthy snack for your buddy!
If you serve them to your dog correctly and safely, they are healthy sometimes-treats that can be quite refreshing and tasty.
What are the health benefits of apples?
Many dogs love apples, which is a good thing since these crispy fruits are rich in nutrients. Apples can be an affordable low-calorie snack, which makes them a great choice either as a snack or reward during training.
Apples contain high levels of dietary fiber, which helps to promote gastrointestinal health. They are also a good source of vitamins A, C, K and minerals like calcium and phosphorus. The powerful antioxidants contained in these fruits can help reduce inflammation and fight harmful free-radicals linked to some chronic diseases.
Apples also contain malic acid. This helps to keep your pet’s teeth clean, and their breath fresh. The apple skin is a bonus, which provides mechanical cleaning to the dog’s teeth.
What should I be aware of when offering apples to my dog?
The main things to watch for are seeds, cores and sugar content.
The seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide, which is toxic for dogs. Remember to keep the seeds away from your pup!
The core is firm and difficult for most dogs to chew. It may present a choking hazard or, if swallowed, cause gastrointestinal blockage.
Another thing you should take into account is that apples contain sugar, so moderation is necessary. This sugar content can be problematic for dogs who suffer from cancer or diabetes. If your dog suffers from these conditions, you should always ask your vet before giving them any pieces of apple.
Last but not the least, too many apples can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea. This is the case even in healthy dogs, so moderation is always the key!
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