Apples are a delicious and nutritious treat that humans all over the world enjoy. They provide vital nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium, antioxidants, and fiber. As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But can dogs partake in this delectable and healthy treat?
Luckily dogs can enjoy apples as well! They’re a healthy low calorie snack that dogs will love for their sweet flavor, and juicy, crunchy texture. They are good for dogs for many of the same reasons as they are for people.
How many apples should you feed your dog?
I’ve discussed previously that dogs don’t handle eating lots of sugar very well. This is true for apples also. While they can be a healthy and delicious treat for your pupper, it is best to feed your furry friend apples in moderation. Giving your dog an entire apple is not the best idea for multiple reasons. The high amount of sugar can upset their tummies and make them sick. The core and seeds can cause a choking hazard for your puppy. And, the seeds also contain trace amounts of cyanide, a deadly poison. While a few seeds might not be enough to really hurt your pet, it is best to just keep them away.
How to prepare apples for your dog.
If you want to give your dog a taste of your apple, it’s best to give them a slice or a cube rather than letting them bite straight into it. Even better, you can peel it for them, since the skin can get caught between their teeth. Not only is an apple a yummy treat that your pet will love, it can also help clean their teeth. The grainy texture of the apple can help scrub some tartar off their teeth, but is absolutely no substitute for proper brushing and dental hygiene.
You can also make apple chips, by slicing the apples into thin pieces and baking them in the oven to dehydrate them. Applesauce is also an acceptable way to serve the fruit to your pupper, but make sure that the applesauce you give them is unsweetened. The added sugars in many brands of applesauce can be very bad for your little companion. There are also many recipes online for apple treats you can make at home for your puppy, from apple cookies to apple pretzels, but keep them away from apple pie, it’s much too sweet for you pupper.
As you can see, apples are an excellent treat for your pet. They are healthy, delicious, and your puppy with love them as long as you feed them apples in moderation. Even too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.
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