As we all know, apples are a great snack choice for humans. After all, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But is the same true for dogs? The answer is yes, apples are good for dogs too. The fruit gives dogs a fresh breath, dietary fiber, and Vitamins A and C. However, there are some things to keep in mind when feeding your dog apples.
Can Dogs Eat the Entire Apple?
Your dog should not consume the entire apple. When feeding your dog apples, make sure that they do not eat the seeds or the core. If you have an older dog, you might want to consider switching up dog treats with apples as the vets advise. The reason is that apples have low amounts of protein compared to treats. For younger dogs, apples can help to deal with joint diseases and improving digestion.
Cyanide in Apple Seeds
It is a commonly-cited fact that there is cyanide in apple seeds. However, if you forget to remove the seeds once, then it is likely that your dog will be fine since the toxin (cyanide) in the seeds is negligible. To be on the safe side, make sure you remove the seeds before the toxin accumulates to hazardous levels. The core also needs to go so that your dog does not choke.
Note that all dogs are different, which is why you should start small with the apples and see how your dog reacts. Preparing the apples is simple; just slice them up and get rid of the core and the seeds. Serve them up as they are or add honey or applesauce.