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Can Dogs Eat Apple?

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A famous quotation, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," for humans. But what about dogs? Fortunately, your canine friend will love such sweet crispy treats just as much as you do. Most dogs love such fantastic treats!

Are Apples Good for Dogs?

Yes, apples are beneficial to dogs. Apples of all colors—red, yellow, and green—are generally safe for dogs to consume. They are high in key vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants. They're abundant in fiber, especially in the peels, which aids digestion and maintains a healthy weight.

This fruit has a low-calorie treat, perfect for losing or maintaining weight in dogs. On the other hand, a full apple will certainly be too much for your furry friend. Apple has about 20 grams of sugar. However, apples are a great way to satisfy your dog's sweet need (unlike sweet treats like chocolate, sweet biscuits, or other human foods that can harm your canine friend).

While chewing an apple might help keep your dog's teeth clean, apple peels can become stuck between their teeth. Eating apples should not be used to replace regular dental care, such as daily brushing and dental hygiene.

Can Dogs Eat many Apples?

Apples are a tasty treat for your dog but don't overfeed them. Your dog may suffer a stomachache or diarrhea if he eats too many apples, so always offer them in moderation. One or two apple slices will be enough to satisfy your dog's appetite.

Puppies can eat apples as well. If you haven't given them apples before, start with a small amount, such as a slice or small cube. Keep an eye on your loved one to avoid allergic reactions. Look for signs of;

  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea.

If your kid is having such problems, stop feeding them apples and get an appointment with a veterinarian as soon as possible.

How to Prepare Apples for Dogs in a Safe Way

Note: Do not give an apple's seeds or core to a dog since they contain a small amount of cyanide poison and may cause choking.

To get rid of bacteria and germs, start washing and cleaning your apples. Because supermarket apples, like many other fruits and vegetables, Supermarket apples are treated with pesticides, they must be washed thoroughly.

Keep seeds away from your pets: They contain small amounts of cyanide, a toxin that can injure your dog if consumed in large quantities. The thick core of the apple, as well as the stem, might choke your dog. If your dog eats the core or seeds of an apple, keep an eye out for indications of digestive distress or obstruction, such as choking.

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This tasty fruit should be cut into slices or tiny cubes so that your dog may consume them effortlessly. The apple will be simpler for your dog to digest if it is peeled, and the quantity of fiber will be reduced.

Remember that dogs will tolerate sneaking a bite; the additional sugar and golden crust humans like are too much for them (or a slice). However, according to the Pet Poison Helpline, if your dog eats an apple pie with nutmeg, which contains the toxin myristicin, they may have difficulties. Nutmeg may produce moderate stomach upset in modest amounts. It may produce hallucinations, elevated blood pressure, and seizures in huge dosages.

Risks of Feeding Apples to Your Dog

Apples, which are high in sugar, may not be the best choice for an overweight dog. Consult with your vet doctor about whether or not a low-sugar vegetable such as broccoli might be a better option for your pet. When examining baked foods like apple pie that involve apples, remember that they sometimes include large amounts of added sugar and fat that might cause a dog's stomach or contribute to weight gain.

It's OK to give dogs healthy items for them to eat in modest amounts. According to a veterinarian, "Only 10% of a pet's daily caloric intake should come from treats."

Summary

The answer is yes. Vitamins, as well as fibers, are found in apples for your dog. They are ideal for senior dogs since they moderate protein and fat. Remove these seeds from the apple because they contain a small amount of cyanide poisoning.

Author Bio

Dr. Adnan took his lifelong love of Lahore by attending the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore, the oldest University in Pakistan. Here he received a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He then moved to the University of Agriculture for higher studies and research in Animal breeding, genetics, and reproduction and completed his MSc studies. He dedicated the practice to his favorite patients, dogs, and cats. Dr. shares his home with two dogs and three cats.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Adnan Shahid

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