Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Dogs can eat apples!

Beautiful Array of ApplesYou may be wondering if it’s safe to give your dog an apple. Fortunately for you and your dog, apples are a safe and tasty snack (unlike Apple Pie). Apples are full of healthy things like calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and pectin.

Apples are a great snack for dogs, and you don’t even need to peel them! The skin on apples has phytonutrients that are believed to fight different cancers in people. They also have Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fiber.

Though you may not need to peel the apple before giving it to your four legged friend, you want to make sure your dog doesn’t eat the apple core. Apple seeds have cyanide in them, which may not be harmful in small amounts, but if eaten on a regular basis there can be negative effects.

Lab Eating An AppleThere are lots of options for giving your dog apples. You can freeze apple slices, put them in a Kong, use apple sauce to make frozen treats, or grate it over their dinner.

You can also give dehydrated apples, but only in small amounts. Dehydrated apples have all the same nutrients, but no water. This can upset your dog’s stomach.

Also remember to try to stay away from the seeds as much as possible, as well as the stems. They have cyanogenic glycosides as this can upset your dog’s stomach, or even worse in large amounts.