Can a Dog Eat Apples?
If you’re looking for healthy and safe fruits to give your pup as a special treat, we can help! Make sure you know which fruits aren’t safe, which are safe, and how to feed them to your sweet pup.
By Hungry Bark | October 26, 2021
Are you sick of paying so much for dog treats at the store? And how do you know if they’re really safe? Sometimes they have weird ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. So why not give your special pup a special treat that is all natural and super healthy? But which foods are safe to feed your dog?
So many fruits are delicious, juicy, and extra healthy… for us humans! But aren’t there some that are dangerous for dogs? The answer is YES. So please be careful about feeding your dog fruit, and always do your research ahead of time. There are some fruits that are completely safe and a great source of vitamins. But there are specific ways to cut them up and serve them to your dog. Because you don’t want them eating the dangerous part of the fruit.
So check out our answers to your important questions below!
What are the Health Benefits of Apples?
In the same way that apples are a healthy source of vitamins for us, they are just as healthy for our little fur babies! Your dogs can receive the benefits of:
- Vitamins A
- Vitamin C
- Great source of fiber to help with digestive health
- Low in fat, and low in protein
Can Dogs Eat Apples with Skin?
Yes, apple skins are completely safe, and the skin is actually where the apple contains the most fiber. Peeling the apple does make it easier for your dog to digest, but keeping the skin on can help rub off some of the plaque from their teeth.
How to Safely Serve Your Dog an Apple
As it goes with eating any fruits or vegetables, always make sure to wash them off with water first. A lot of produce is treated with pesticides, and you never know how many people have handled the produce before you’ve purchased it.
After that, always remove the stem, core, and seeds. As you may know, the seeds in apples contain a small amount of cyanide, which can be poisonous for both us and our pups. And the core and stem can both be choking hazards.
Lastly, make sure to cut the apple into small, easily edible pieces. We always want to be safe when feeding our dogs any food, so that they don’t end up with choking problems or digestive blockage issues.
How Much Apple Can I Give My Dog?
Apples do have about 19 grams of sugar per apple. And since sugar isn’t the best thing for our dogs—or ourselves—you’ll want to keep those portions small.
Even when you’re feeding your dog a healthy treat like fruit, treats of any kind shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your dog’s diet. When feeding your dog treats like apples, a safe rule of thumb is to only give them a few pieces for every 10 lbs. of your dog’s weight. At the most, I would recommend only a small handful.
And if you have more questions about exactly how much apple you can give your dog, you can always consult your veterinarian.
Can Dogs Eat Applesauce?
Plain applesauce is completely fine and safe for dogs to eat! It’s a fun, easy way to get those great vitamins from apples. But watch out for applesauce from the store—it often has sugar added. Try to find unsweetened applesauce, or make your own plain applesauce at home. Just remember… nothing with xylitol. Xylitol is poisonous for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Apple Pie?
Sorry, but traditional apple pie should definitely be avoided as a doggy treat! The sugar content is much too high, and could give your dog an upset stomach. And if you feed your dog treats like this consistently over time, they could struggle with obesity and diabetes.
Also, some apple pies have nutmeg in them, which contains a substance called myristicin. And this substance can be poisonous for dogs. If your dog just ate a small amount of nutmeg, they might just get an upset stomach. But larger amounts of nutmeg can cause a variety of issues like high blood pressure, hallucinations, and even seizures.
So if you think your dog has ingested any nutmeg, make sure to call the Pet Poison Helpline.
Easy to Make Apple Pie Bites (That are Dog Approved)
These soft, tasty homemade dog treats are like a warm bite of cobbler— without all the butter and sugar your dog doesn’t need. Great on their own or top with a dollop of unsweetened yogurt or coconut whipped cream.
See the full recipe on Rover.com!
What Fruit is Bad for Dogs?
Wondering what other fruits are good or bad for your sweet pup? You can click here to find more Hungry Bark articles about many different safe and non-safe foods for dogs to eat.
It is important to check the safety of food for your dog before feeding it to them. There are foods that are safe and healthy treats for your pup. And then there are some that can be toxic for your dog. Watch out for the fruits listed below.
Fruits Dogs Can’t Eat:
- Grapes & Raisins
What Fruits are Good for Dogs?
We want to help you give your dog the best nutrition at home—in their daily meals and snacks. If you want to find some other safe and nutritious fruits to feed your pup, check out the list below.
Fruits Dogs Can Eat:
What is the Healthiest Food to Feed Your Dog?
If you’re looking for dog food that you can safely feed your pup every day, so they’ll receive the best nutrition possible, try Hungry Bark.
Hungry Bark dog food uses only the safest and healthiest human-grade ingredients. Our recipes are nutritionally-balanced with superfood ingredients that will help your pup live their best life.
All of our ingredients are ethically sourced, and our dog food is prepared in a kitchen where it is slow-cooked to preserve the nutrients in every meal.
For more articles with helpful pet parenting advice, check out The Daily Bark blog on HungryBark.com.