can dogs eat apples?

can dogs eat apples?
Posted by fetch! blog editors on Oct 03 2017

As you enjoy autumn apple picking, cider drinking, and (of course) pies, you may want to know if your dog can get in on the action. Can dogs eat apples? Yes! 

Are apples safe for dogs?

According to vets, the prognosis is positive. Most dogs can eat apples without doing any damage – in fact, they actually help keep Fido frisky!

Apples are high in dietary fiber, which is good for your furry friend’s colon and cholesterol levels. They also contain calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and pectin, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.

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But not all parts of the apple are created equal. While it’s fine to let your dog munch on the skin (where heart-healthy pectin is even more concentrated), eating the apple core is a no-no. Apple seeds contain a trace amount of cyanide: not enough to cause harm in small doses, but no picnic for you or your pup if she decides to make a banquet of it.

Apple recipes for dogs

Homemade applesauce

Can your dog eat applesauce? Sure: the low-sugar versions make a tail-thumping puppy treat!

To add apples to your pet’s diet, start by gently washing with warm water.

Then, remove the core and chop a section of apple into bite-sized chunks to mix in with your dog’s regular food (save the rest for yourself: the health benefits of apples don’t stop with your man’s best friend).

Mini-Me Apple Tart

For an extra-fun treat, try this yummy Mini-Me Apple Tart recipe from Dr. Ernie Ward:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 chopped apple
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of warm water.
  • Stir well and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Combine flour with ¼ cup water and mix.
  • Take approximately 1 teaspoon of dough and press with your fingers into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a greased miniature muffin pan.
  • Mix flax meal, apples and cinnamon and distribute evenly over the dough.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Allow tart to cool before serving.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Makes up to 12 tarts. 24 calories per tart.

Brain bites

Apples may be associated with teachers, but they help canine students learn better! Their skins especially are rich in quercetin, a plant antioxidant that aids blood flow to the brain and protects cells from damage. Here’s a top training treat for studious dogs of all ages.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple with skin (stem, seeds and core removed)
  • 2 tbsp. powdered peanut butter
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ tsp. baking soda

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Blend all ingredients in a food processor until dough begins to form.
  • Roll into oneteaspoon bite-size pieces.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Turn off oven and let sit an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove and cool.

Makes about 3 dozen. Approximately 12 calories per bite.

Remember to keep treats to less than 10 percent of your pet's daily caloric intake to maintain a healthy diet.

Do you know other foods that are Fido-friendly? Visit our Pet Poison Guide to find out what he can (and can't) get his paws on.

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