Can Dogs Eat Apples?
If you’re curious if apples are safe for your dog the answer is yes! Apples slices are a low-calorie, low-cholesterol, and fat-free food. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, apples make for a great treat.
What are the health benefits of apples?
Apples are a wonderful treat for your dog. They are low-calorie, low-cholesterol, and a fat-free food that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Mitamin E, and Vitamin B1 are just a few of the vitamins that your dog gets from apples. Plus they’ll be getting potassium, antioxidants, and fiber. Leaving the skin on the apple will give your pup a bit extra fiber.
As with most fruit, your dog will also be getting moisture. Many dogs don’t get enough water so adding a bit of fresh fruit to their diet can help hydrate them.
Can my dog eat the skin?
To prepare an apple for your dog make sure to remove the core as well as any seeds. But what about the skin? When attached, apples skins are perfectly fine for your dog to eat. You should not give your dog a loose apple peal. While it can be digested, it can also cause a blockage if not chewed properly.
If you would rather peel the apple slices and use your apple peels in compost you can. Your dog won’t be missing out on too much fiber by peeling your apples. So it’s really up to you if you want your dog to have the skin or not!
Are apple chips as good a fresh apples?
At the time of writing, there a limited number of apple chip options marketed towards dogs. Dogsee Crunch were the only ones I could find. Why does this matter? Many apple chips made for humans are high in sugar which can cause health issues in dogs. Before giving your dog apple chips meant for human consumption check to see if the company adds any additional sugar.
If you’re struggling to find apple chips for dogs or for humans that don’t contain added sugar try making them yourself!
How much apple is too much apple?
As with anything, too much can be a bad thing. Fruit might seem like you can eat endless amounts but too much can cause an upset stomach. Your dogs diet should consist of no more than 10% of treats. This includes apples. While apples are rich with vitamins and minerals, they’re not all that your dog needs.
My dog doesn’t like apples!
That’s okay! Many dog food companies see the health benefits of apples and have added them to their dog food recipes. That means your dog might already be getting some apple in their diet.
You can try giving your dog apple in different forms. If your dog is a fan of lamb, try Acana’s Lamb and Apple treats. Plain, unsweetened applesauce or applesauce made for dogs such as Green Coast Pet’s can be stuffed into a KONG along with other treats to be a tasty snack.
Can dogs eat apples?
Dogs can eat apples that have the core and seeds removed. Apples make for a tasty snack rich in vitamins and minerals. Apple chips can be a portable alternative if you want to use apples as training treats. If you dog doesn’t like apples that’s okay. There are many other treat options on the market. You might not even know that your dogs current food contains apples.
Does your dog enjoy apples? Let us know in the comments your dogs favorite way to enjoy them.