If your dog has been begging for a bite every time it sees a fresh apple in your hand, it’s because dogs love apples!
That’s right. Both you and your dog can enjoy this super healthy treat.
Along with providing some much-needed nutrients to your pup, apples can result in fresh breath.
Learn more about how apples are good for dogs, how you should serve them, and some other fruits your dog may enjoy.
Can a Dog Eat an Apple?
We’ve always heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it’s possible that it will also keep the vet away.
Apples provide fibre, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and antioxidants that your dog needs to be happy and healthy.
Senior dogs or sick dogs on a restrictive diet can benefit from apples, since they probably can’t keep down much dog food.
For your dog’s safety, however, be sure to prepare the apples as necessary.
How Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Regardless of how strong your dog’s teeth are, you should never feed them an entire apple.
Apples are potential choking hazards for pets of all species and ages, so it’s important that you cut them up into small bites before serving them to your furry friend.
Since apple seeds and stems contain cyanogenic glycosides that can be dangerous if ingested in large amounts, it’s important that you also core and seed the apple completely. The last thing you want to do is give your precious pup an upset stomach.
Frozen apple slices and applesauce are another great option when it comes to preparing the healthy treat for your dog.
Apples aren’t the only fruit your dog might enjoy. You can share many other nutritious fruits with your dog without worrying about making them sick.
Bananas are a great treat for dogs that are healthy and low in calories while still being filling.
They provide your pet with fibre, potassium, biotin, copper, and essential vitamins.
Although they are considerably healthy, they do have high sugar content, so it’s important that bananas remain an occasional treat and not an everyday snack.
Apart from giving them a hilarious blue tongue, blueberries pose no risk to your dog.
In fact, they’re quite healthy and are an awesome alternative to the pricy dog treats you find in stores.
Considered a superfood in many human diets, blueberries provide the same antioxidants to your pet.
Similar to bananas, cantaloupe is another fruit that is perfectly safe for dogs but should only be a rare treat.
The sugar content is high, so you don’t want to feed your pet a large amount of it at once or on a daily basis.
It has a lot packed into it including water, nutrients, and fibre, though, so it’s still extremely healthy.
Cantaloupe is also very low in calories, so its a good choice for pets on a diet.
Oranges are a delicious fruit that your dog will probably love just as much as you do.
Veterinarians recommend feeding oranges to your dog on occasion due to the high content of vitamin C, fibre, and potassium.
To protect your dog’s stomach, make sure you peel the orange completely before sharing.
Cranberries are perfectly safe for your dog to eat, both fresh and dried. Whether your pet will like them, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.
Cranberries are extremely tart, so it takes a special dog to enjoy this healthy fruit.
If consumed in large amount, they could cause an upset stomach. Otherwise, if your dog actually likes them, feel free to share.
Here’s a video showing how to make watermelon dog treats!
Fruit to Avoid
Not all fruits are safe for your dog. It’s important to remember which are harmful so you can make sure your dog never gets a hold of them.
You should never feed your dog a grape under any circumstance. Grapes and raisins are both very toxic to canines of all ages.
If your pet somehow eats grapes, it can lead to acute, sudden kidney failure.
This terrifying health problem isn’t worth any kind of fruit.
Although not quite as dangerous as grapes, tomatoes can also be hazardous to your dog.
Canines can usually eat the red part of the tomato with no issues, but the green parts of the tomato can be dangerous and even toxic if eaten in large quantities.
Cherries are another fruit that can be very risky to your dog.
They contain cyanide, which will affect cellular oxygen transport – in amounts so small for humans that it’s insignificant, but in dogs, it’s huge.
If Fido gets a hold of and consumes cherries, check for the signs of cyanide poisoning, which include:
- Red gums
- Trouble breathing
- Dilated pupils
Keep in mind that if your dog has diabetes, fruit probably isn’t the best idea.
Fruit contains large amounts of sugar that can have a negative effect on a diabetic dog. But as for apples and oranges, and most things in between – have at it!
Do you feed your dog fruits?