Can you feed apples to your dog? Can a dog eat apple slices? If you have a dog, you already searched this on the internet to get an answer. Well, the short answer is yes. But you have to know certain things before you give human foods to your dog, including Apples.
First, let’s see what are the nutrition facts of apples and is it good to give apples to dogs or not?
Nutrition facts of apples
Most people are like to eat apples, and it is considered the most popular fruit in the world.
There is an old saying that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” because a raw apple contains a higher amount of health benefits.
Apples are high in Vitamin C, Fiber, and various antioxidants. Also, it contains a meager calory count. As per researches, a medium apple (182g) may contain the following nutrition values
- Calories: 95,
- Carbs: 25 grams
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Not only that, but it also contains manganese, copper, and vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6. Apples contain a high amount of polyphenols. Polyphenols are kind of a micronutrition that contains in plant-based foods. It is pack with healthy antioxidants, and they will help to treat any digestion issues, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease. Neurodegenerative diseases are a kind of condition that mainly affects the neurons in the human brain. Apples also provide great help to any weight management difficulties.
How are apples good for dogs?
A raw apple is a good choice as a snack to rewarding your dog during training time because it is affordable and has a good amount of health benefits if you served it on moderation.
Since apples are high in fiber and low in protein, it is beneficial for the digestive system, and it will be the right choice for dogs who have a restricted diet plan. Potent antioxidants in apples may play a significant role inside the body, and it will keep your dog healthy.
Not only that, Eating apples will improve dogs’ dental health and reduce any breathing issues too.
If you have an option to get organic apples, just go for it. Because many apples we see today in the super market are coated with many chemicals that make them shinier. So wash any food before you give it to your dog. Not anybody can eat any food. Some foods are allergic to someone. So first, you can start with an apple piece and wait for any sign of rashes or any allergy signs. These allergy signs may include coughing, swelling, sneezing, hives, or difficulty in breathing. If you notice these, stop serving your dog fruits and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
When are apples bad for dogs?
Even though apples have many health benefits, you should not give seeds and cores to your dog. This is valid for humans too.
Apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide, which may be poisonous to your dog. If he ate an ample amount of seeds, it could be a possibility that he will get cyanide poisoning. Even though if your dog swallows few, it may not get poisonous, but there is no need to risk your dog’s life. Right? It’s a good practice to remove the seeds before you feed apples.
Are apple stems poisonous?
The research has shown that stems of apples contain tomatine, an alkaloid that mildly toxic to humans and pets. Since it has a limited dose of poisonous, it won’t kill your pet, but if you give pounds of it, maybe it will be life-threatening.
So it’s a good idea to remove the stem too.
Is there a lot of sugar in apples?
Apples contain sugars. But most of the sugar available in apples reside as Fructose. Even though your pet consumed a whole fruit, it has minimal effect on the blood sugar levels. Since apple contains a lot of fiber, it will slow down the absorption and digestion of sugar.
However, it’s a good idea not to feed too much if you already know if it’s not good for your dog. Even though apples have many nutrition values, it’s a good idea to serve them in moderation. Because dogs who suffer from diabetes may cause problems, also if a dog eats too many apples per day, it may cause an upset stomach or diarrhea even if your dog is healthy.
If you give apple wine or any apple-flavored products, you should think twice because most of these products are manufactured by using artificial flavors or artificial chemicals. Try to avoid these artificial flavors, sweeteners as much as possible as these can be toxic.
How should you feed apples to your dog?
Even you get a feeling that your dog will eat any food you give to your dog, its always good to ask from your VET before serving any human food to your dog. Because when it comes to apples in rare cases, some dogs had shown severe medical conditions when they ate apples.
Once your vet agrees to give the apples to the dog , make sure you wash the apples thoroughly to remove any dirt or any parasites. Then remove the stems, seeds, and cores. Then cut the apple into small pieces that your dog can bite.
You can serve the apple in plenty of ways. Freeze the pieces and serve them as a snack. Or you can smash the apples until it turning into applesauce. Or you can blend the apple with other fruits and make a tasty smoothie. As you can see, there is no right way to give it. But sometimes dogs may prefer one method than another. Feed the way that your dog likes most.
Dogs are love to eat a variety of foods like you. You can give fruits as a tasty and nutritional diet for your dog. Among fruits, apples have significant dietary values. But When you give apples, you have to consider several things before you serve it to dogs, which I explained above. Always get opinions from your VET before giving any human food to dogs.
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