Applelicious

While this topic might seem like very simple knowledge to many of us, I have found that it is not common knowledge to all. Most of us are very familiar with the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but does this apply to our dogs? 

As it turns out, it is! Apples are considered a superfood; a fantastic, affordable, healthy, low calorie treat. They are a wonderful source of vitamins A, C, dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, omega 3, omega 6, and they also help keep your dogs teeth clean as well as freshens their breath.

The nutrients in apples benefit your pup in numerous ways: 

  • prevents joint and bone diseases
  • improves their gastrointestinal system
  • help fight free radicals
  • are great for cleaning your dog’s teeth, and help freshening breath
  • the essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 help enhance the quality of your dog’s skin, keep their coat shiny and prevent skin allergies
  • since apples are rich in dietary fibers, it helps improve your dog’s bowel movement 
  • vitamins A, C and antioxidants, help prevent various illnesses as your pup ages

Apples can be a wonderful addition to your senior pup or a dog with health issues diet when you need to limit their meaty treats due to protein restrictions, or stick to a low fat diets. Apples, being low in protein and fat, make a great treat substitute for these dogs.

The benefits aren’t just for aging pups or pups with health issues. For your younger, active dog, apples are terrific too! The benefits of their antioxidants and vitamin C, which some Vets believe help with degenerative conditions such as joint disease, and for the fiber, which can contribute to overall gastrointestinal health. 

It is VERY important that you remove all seeds from an apple before giving it to your dog. Apple seeds contain cyanide, and eating them over time can lead to the accumulation of cyanide in your dog’s system, which is dangerous. When serving apples, discard the seeds and the core of the apple, which also poses a choking hazard, and cut the remaining fruit into slices to serve as a treat.

Please remember that every dog is different and reacts to food differently. Take time to slowly add apples to your dog’s diet if they haven’t eaten them before, and gauge his system’s reaction before making them a staple. Just like with people, eating too many apples can cause a dog to have a bellyache and diarrhea, so serve them in moderation.

I caution you that if your dog has diabetes or cancer, keep in mind that apples contain sugar; speak with your Veterinarian about the effect the apples may have on your dog’s system and health. 

You most definitely can make apples a regular part of your pups diet! Your dog will love them! With all these nutritional benefits, surely you will love apples as too! As always, please consult your own Veterinarian before adding something new to your pup’s diet.

Sources and further reading: 

http://m.petmd.com/dog/general-health/can-dogs-eat-apples

http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/10-people-foods-dogs/1896

http://peanutpaws.com/can-dogs-eat-apples/