Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Can I Feed My Dog Apples?
Apples are one of our most favourite fruits here at Rangersdog HQ, and it got us thinking, can dogs eat apples? If humans enjoy them so much, can a dog enjoy the taste and nutritional benefits as much as we do?
We know that dogs can eat a lot of the foods that humans can, but not all, so it’s important to check first.
I did a bit of a recap on what health benefits apples contain, to find out whether they’d have a positive impact on a pooch. There’s that very old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, but what’s the science behind it? Here’s what I found.
What do apples contain?
Apples contain the following nutrients:
- Vitamin C – a natural antioxidant, great for the immune system, but actually produced by dogs themselves
- Vitamin B-complex – including ribiflavin, thiamin and B6 – needed for the nervous system and red blood cells, and required by dogs in their diet
- Vitamin K – help with clotting and proteins, also required by dogs
- Vitamin E in small amounts – good for hair and nails, required by dogs
- Minerals calcium, potassium and phosphorus – good for strong bones, regulation of heart and blood pressure health, and all required by dogs too.
- Fibre – apples contain plenty of fibre which is important for a healthy digestive system and prevention of constipation.
- Sugar – mainly ‘simple sugars’ (fructose, sucrose, glucose) – fine in small amounts for dogs as a treat.
- Water – one of the main constituents is water.
I conclude that apples are potentially very healthy and tasty treats – and I’d be right! With all that goodness in apples, they make a yummy treat for dogs.
Can My Dog Eat Apple Cores?
The core of an apple contains the seeds, or pips as we know them. A few swallowed pips won’t harm your dog, however did you know that they contained very small amounts of cyanide? It is released if they are chewed, so it’s not really recommended that you allow your dog to eat the apple core, just in case, especially if he likes a regular apple treat. A more likely hazard is choking.
Serving an apple to your dog in slices with the skin on, is appetising and safe.
Are Apples Good for My Dogs Teeth?
Another benefit of apples is that they can improve dental health and give your dog nice fresh breath. Although they contain some sugar, they also contain plenty of water to help wash it away.
The apple skin will have an abrasive action a bit like a toothbrush and therefore help with teeth too.
Can My Dog have other foods made from Apple?
I’m thinking here about apple juice, or apple puree, apple pie, and so on. These make for sweet and tasty treats too, but they are not good for your dog.
Most often, they contain added sugar, or the water is removed making them more concentrated, or you lose the nutritional benefits of the fibre they contain.
Only feed your dog plain, raw apples as a healthy snack.
I hope you found this article useful – and if you want to know what other fruits and vegetables are good for your dog, check out my other posts ‘can dogs eat strawberries’, and ‘can dogs eat bananas’, plus more.