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Can Dogs Eat Apples?

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Eating apples is very healthy for people, but what about our four-legged friends, which could be seriously affected by apples, especially by their seeds.

If you still want to give some apples to your dog, mostly because you know how many vitamins and minerals are included in these fruits, you need to know that there are dogs that can eat apples without being affected, and also dogs that are more sensitive, and could affected after eating these delicious fruits.

I know that as a very responsible pet owner, you want to give your friend the best food available in the house, and you are very aware of the fact that your dog also needs to eat fruits and veggies beside meat.

If you eat apples regularly, your dog will notice it very quickly, and maybe it will start salivating when seeing you doing it.
Giving your dog a piece of apple to eat could benefit your dog or it could harm him pretty much.

This article will help you to better understand if apples are beneficial for dogs.

Are Apples Beneficial for Dogs?

I’m sure that you have already heard the common English-language proverb (of Welsh origin) dating from 1922 and saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Well, apples are considered some kind of miracle fruits by the British Medical Journal, which stated that eating an apple a day could prevent vascular-related deaths in people over 50, while a 2011 study conducted by the Journal of the American Heart Association said that eating white fruits and veggies (apples being included here), have a 52 percent lower incidence of stroke and heart attack.

Apples contain the following:

Fibers like Pectin

Pectin is a dietary fiber that helps in reducing blood pressure, LDL cholesterol levels and glucose levels.

Boron

Helps the body absorb calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) which is great for bone and brain health.

Quercetin

Is a flavonoid that helps in reducing damage from free radicals (these can damage DNA), which is linked to lower risks of cancers, Alzheimer’s and age-related problems.

Vitamin A, C, E and Beta Carotene

These vitamins fight free radicals, boost the immune system of the body and reduce the risk of heart disease, asthma and diabetes.

Polyphenols

Polyphenols are plant compounds offering various health benefits such as blocking a protein receptor called VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), which facilitates cancer progression in the body.

By blocking this protein receptor, apples fight against deadly diseases like cancer.

Minerals like Calcium (Ca) and Potassium (K)

Calcium is needed for healthy bones and teeth, and potassium helps the heart work properly.

Use Apple Slices To Feed Your Dog

When feeding your dog apples, never give him the seeds.

Many people use to eat an apple in front of their dog and before finishing, they throw the core of the fruit to the dog, considering that this way, the dog can eat some apple.

Well, this is very wrong because the core is full of seeds, which contain cyanide, and this is very toxic for your dog.

Dr. John Tegzes, VMD, DABVT, Board Certified, Veterinary Toxicologist at the Western University of Health Sciences says that apple seeds, and actually all plants of the genus called “Prunus” including: cherries, apples, almonds, apricots, plums, peaches, etc., contain cyanide in their seeds, and in the entire plant (all parts of the plant that are not edible).

However, the edible parts of theses fruits do not contain cyanide, so they can be consumed by dogs.

When feeding your dog, slice the apple without reaching the core where the seeds are located.

If you use only the edible part of the fruit, which is free of cyanide, you can give him (her) apples.

Never give a rotten apple to your dog, always give him a fresh fruit with its core removed, so he can eat only the edible parts of the fruit that are the most delicious and also the healthiest parts of the fruit.

It is known that apples have important digestive, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them very beneficial in helping to treat various gastrointestinal issues.

To treat diarrhea, you can give your dog a few slices of apple without skin.

To treat constipation, you should leave the skin on the fruit.

How could Apples Affect Your Dog?

Cyanide can be found not only in the seeds of the fruit, but also in the leaves and branches of the apple tree.

If you have an apple tree in your area with fruits that have fallen under the tree, never let your dog to go there because he will start chewing on branches and fruits. Cyanide is present in the branches of the tree, in leaves and in the core of the apples (in seeds).

By letting your dog play under the tree, he will certainly try to eat or chew something there, and this is how the poison (cyanide), can enter your dog’s body to create serious health issues for your four-legged friend.

How To Recognize A Dog That Ate Cyanide?

If you keep apples inside the house at a low level (where your dog can reach with ease) or you have apple trees in the yard, you can find your dog poisoned with cyanide.

There are dogs that don’t eat apples, especially if you treat them well every day with meat and food prepared especially for them (so it isn’t hungry all the time).

However, there are dogs that love to eat apples and other fruits, and these are the dogs that are mostly exposed to risks.

Give your dog an entire apple per day if he wants (without the core) and plenty of food to be sure that he is no longer interested to eat any fruits available in the yard.

Also, if your apple tree has fruits under him, and maybe leaves and branches, you should remove them every day because your four-legged friend might go there to chew on those things containing cyanide.

To avoid this, keep the area under your apple tree clean, and keep apples away from your dog.

If the dog has access to apples and other fruits containing cyanide, you should remove them right away, to avoid losing your dog.

If you have other animals in the yard (cows, goats and sheep) be sure that they don’t have access to apples or the apple tree because they will die pretty quickly if they eat apples with seeds, the leaves or the branches of the tree.

The first signs of poisoning in dogs are: excessive salivation, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.

These symptoms are pretty common, so you should only be worried if there is more than a simple tummy upset.

If your dog has only vomited and had diarrhea a couple of times, but now looks happy, you don’t need to worry too much because this is not the case for severe poisoning.

However, if it has blood in the vomit or anything unusual, and also feels very bad, you should contact your vet right away.

If you see neurological signs in your dog such as twitching, tremors, wobbliness (ataxia), incoordination and seizures, it means that your dog ate a higher dose of poison or the given treatment is delayed.

In both cases you should contact your vet right away, to be sure that your dog is saved.

Final Conclusion

There are dogs that love to eat apples, and dogs that have no interest in these fruits.

If your dog is a big fan of apples, be sure that you give him daily (if he or she wants) an entire apple without seeds, stem, pits and core.

Article written by:

Darius Savin is a lifelong animal lover and protector and the chief editor of Checkmember. He writes and edits articles and is also the creator of the distribution maps for all the creatures featured here.