Are Apples Bad For Dogs?

Apples contain mostly water and make for a delicious, refreshing snack, especially when eaten chilled on a hot day. So you enjoy the crunch of a delicious apple, but can dogs eat apples? 

As apples are fruit, they contain fructose. Fructose, while considered a ‘natural sugar,’ is still sugar. And like all sugar should be fed to your dog in moderation to help maintain a healthy weight.

So while dogs can eat apples, they should be fed in moderation as a treat. Avoid feeding your dog whole apples; instead, cut the apple into manageable sized pieces to make it easier for your dog to eat. Do not feed your dog the stem, core, and seeds out of the apple. 

The stem and core are potential choking hazards, while the seeds contain cyanide, which is toxic to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Apple Skin? 

The apple skin contains more fiber than the apple flesh. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, peel the apple before giving it to him. Otherwise, try your dog on a small piece of apple with the skin left on. If your dog does not have an adverse reaction to the extra fiber in the skin (such as diarrhea), then it should be fine to feed your dog apple pieces with the skin left on.

How Much Apple Can I Give My Dog?

Check with your veterinarian for advice on firstly, if apples are a suitable treat food for your dog, and secondly, how much apple you can give to your dog. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on how to modify your dog’s diet to allow for those apple dog treats.

So … Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Providing your dog is healthy; it is fine to feed your dog apple in moderation as a treat.

As apples contain around 85% water, they are an ideal treat to give your dog on a hot summer’s day, especially if you freeze them first!

Do you give your dog apple as a treat? Does your dog like to eat apple fresh or frozen? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Article written by Author: The Dog Daily Expert

Can Dogs Eat Apples

One thought on “Can Dogs Eat Apples?

  1. Mack Haley says:

    It is a good post. Apples like Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Gala, and Granny Smith – virtually any apple you’d buy at your local grocery store – are safe for canine food. Clean and ripe apple slices, including the peels, are recommended. Apple Core should not be fed to your dog since it may cause asphyxia.

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