Yes, dogs can eat apples. And in fact, a lot of dogs love the taste of apples as well since they’re sweet. You just need to make sure that apples are prepared properly before you feed them to your pup. Certain parts of the apple aren’t good for them and are toxic for dogs. In addition, eating too many apples can make a dog have a bellyache or get diarrhea, so make sure your pooch eats them in moderation.
Are Apples Good for Dogs?
Maybe “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an overstatement. However, apples are still good for your dog! They are an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
Fiber is especially important as it helps keep everything in your pooch’s digestive system in working order, preventing constipation and diarrhea.
Another excellent source of fiber? Pumpkin! Pumpkin is a great food to feed your pets (cats and dogs alike!) because it also contains a great deal of fiber. It also contains water, making it a great laxative. We like to call pumpkin a pet “superfood” because it’s known for helping with weight loss and treating diarrhea and constipation. However, like apples, pumpkin must be prepared properly before you feed it to your pets. You can learn more about the health benefits of pumpkin and how to serve this superfood to your pets here.
How to Serve Your Dog Apples
Dogs cannot eat apple seeds since they contain cyanide, which is toxic. You also should not allow your dog to eat the stem or apple cores, which can become a choking hazard. We recommend cutting the apples into small pieces so they are easier for your pet to eat. All apple pieces need to be completely free of sugar, cinnamon, sauces and other spices and toppings. These aren’t good for your pet’s digestive system and could cause illness.