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Can Dogs Eat Apples?

July 7, 2021

Can dogs eat apples?

Can dogs eat apples? The short answer is yes. Besides being yummy, apples can also be added to your dog’s diet plan. However, there are a few things you should be aware of before feeding them to your dog.

Are apples good for dogs?

Apples are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, as well as fiber, and are good for your dog’s health. As they are low in protein and fats, they are also an ideal snack for older dogs.

Chewing on apples can also assist your dog's dental health by preventing plaque accumulation and by freshening your dog’s breath.

Water makes up a large portion of an apple's composition. That’s why they are an excellent snack for your dog, especially if it needs to stay hydrated on hot summer days.

green apple on white table cloth

Can dogs eat apples with skin?

Yes, apple skin is perfectly acceptable for dogs to eat. However, do make sure to wash the apple thoroughly before feeding your dog an apple!

Can dogs have granny smith apples?

The answer is Yes. Apples are not only safe for dogs to eat, but they also provide a lot of nutritional value. Your dog can eat any apple - from Fuji to McIntosh to Granny Smith, as long as it is fresh.

Can dogs eat apple slices?

Yes. Chopping an apple up into apple slices can aid in a dog’s digestion process and prevent them from choking. 


Things to look out for when you feed your dogs apples

Before you feed your dog apples, always wash the apple you intend to feed your dog, Remove the stems, seeds, and cores, and chop them into bite-sized pieces or apple slices.

Apples are a low-cost and calorie-dense treat for dogs and feeding them 2-3 slices is fine. However, eating too many apples might irritate their stomachs or create more health issues for overweight dogs or dogs with diabetes as they have sugar content. Therefore, if you’re ever unsure of whether your dog should eat apples, consult your veterinarian. 

Conclusion

With all of the nutritional advantages of apples, as well as the fact that they are affordable and readily available in any produce section, adding these delectable fruits to your dog's diet should not be a problem if your dog is healthy. Just be sure to slice, core, and remove any seeds so your dog may safely consume them, and consult your veterinarian if you are ever unsure if you should feed your dog apples.


This article is endorsed by perrovets' vet, Dr James Blanshard

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