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Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Dog Care

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

We share everything with our pups, as they are part of our everyday life. So it can be tempting to share meals and snacks with them all the time. However, it is not news that not everything we eat as humans is good to give our fur babies. As most of us eat apples regularly, the next logical question would be "Can dogs eat apples?"

Invisible apple pies, apple cider, candy apples, apple cobbler, applesauce – which apple dishes you can and can't share with your pet. 

Can Dogs Have Apples? What to Know

Apples are among the most often consumed fruits, high in antioxidants, calcium, potassium, vitamins A and C, and fiber. Aside from their nutritional benefits, they can help maintain your pet's dental hygiene (this is not a replacement for brushing your dog's teeth) and keep breath fresh.

How Much Apple Can My Dog Eat? 

When it comes to feeding your pet, moderation is essential. A slice of apple or two is sufficient for your pet for the day. Apples are tasty, and your pet may want to eat them all day but bear in mind that a whole apple has 19 grams of sugar, which may be too much for your dog.

Are Apples Good for Dogs?

Apples are rich in nutrients and low-calorie fruits with numerous health benefits. So yes, apples are beneficial to dogs. Although apples have low calcium and potassium levels, they can help your furry friends' bone health and blood pressure. 

Can dogs eat apple cores?

Apple cores can choke your dogs. Avoid the apple core to keep your pets safe from choking hazards.

Can dogs eat apple skin?

Yes! The apple skin is beneficial to your dog since it is high in fiber. However, to avoid intestinal distress, let your dog eat in moderation.

Can dogs eat apple seeds?

No, dogs cannot eat apple seeds. Apple seeds release a toxic substance called cyanide when broken or chewed. As concerned pet owners, you should take care that your furry friend does not chew apple seeds.

Can dogs eat applesauce?

Yes, your dog can have applesauce, provided it is unsweetened or low in sugar. Most supermarket applesauce contains extra ingredients such as cinnamon and lots of sugar, which might irritate your dog's stomach. So a homemade recipe may be the best option.

Can dogs eat apple butter?

Yes, your dog can snack on this delicious treat, but always check the label of the peanut butter to see that it does not contain xylitol, which can be very harmful to your dog.

Can dogs eat apple pie?

Apple pies are tasty, but they are not healthy for your dog's health due to the enormous amounts of butter, sugar, and fat used in their preparation, so your dog may have to pass on this.

Can dogs have apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is healthy, but you should use it in moderation for your dog; otherwise, it can upset your dog's stomach.

a dog laying in the grass with an apple in it's mouth
a dog laying in the grass with an apple in it's mouth

How to Prepare Apples for Dogs

To prepare apples for your dog, follow these steps:

  1. Wash the apple skin properly.

When you go to the grocery, there are no special apples labeled "Apples for Dogs," so they are the exact apples you consume and are insecticide-preserved. To protect your pets, wash apples thoroughly. 

2. Remove the apple seeds.

As little as the seeds look, they contain little traces of a chemical cyanide which may be harmful to your pet. So ensure you remove the seeds. 

3. Remove the apple core.

Your dog might choke if they eat the apple core. So, when preparing your dog's apple, remove the apple core.

4. Slice the apple.

The goal is to give your dog a moderate amount of apples—not too many. So, slicing the apple can aid with moderation while making chewing easier for your pet.

Apple Dog Treat Recipes

If you are looking for a way to spice things up a little for your pup, Zoetis PetCare recommends this apple dog treat recipe.

Ingredients:

1 cup of grated apple

1¼ cups of grated carrots

1¼ cups of quick-cooking oats

½ cup of natural peanut butter (xylitol-free)

2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Mix the solid ingredients (grated apple, carrots, and oats) in one bowl, and mix the liquids (peanut butter and eggs) in a second bowl and mix thoroughly.

  3. Drop 1½ teaspoon of batter on the baking sheet and press down till it is ½ inch thick. 

  4. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it browns and is firm to the touch. Allow it to cool before serving.

Conclusion 

Treats should take up at most 10% of your pup's diet; although apples are a good addition, you should always give them moderately. Also, if you notice any signs of reaction, consult your veterinarian because this fruit treat may not be the best for your pup.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much apple should I give my dog?

A slice or two slices of apple per day is okay for your dog.

Can dogs eat apples with the skin?

Yes, your dog can eat apples with the skin; always ensure you wash the skin thoroughly.

What fruit can't dogs eat?

Some fruits you may wish to avoid include grapes, cherries, avocados, and tomatoes.