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Can Dogs Eat Apples? What You Should Know About Apples For Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Apples? What You Should Know About Apples For Dogs

Written By Rebecca Paredes

Jul 12, 2016

Yes, dogs can eat apples! These crunchy treats are loaded with nutrients that your pup needs to be happy and healthy. And here’s the best part about apples for dogs: there are tons of ways to customize this snack for your pup!

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about apples for dogs. Remember, when in doubt — ask your vet!

  1. Can dogs have apples?

  2. Can dogs eat apple cores?

  3. Can dogs eat green apples?

  4. How do I prepare apples for dogs?

You can absolutely feed your dog apples in moderation. These treats contain plenty of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, so they’re a healthy option to reward your pooch! There are a few health issues you should keep in mind, though:

Apples Are High In Sugar

French Bulldog eating apple

One medium-sized apple contains 25 grams of carbohydrates and 19 grams of sugar. As a rule of thumb, avoid giving your canine companion excessive sugar, which acts as a carbohydrate in your dog’s body.

While carbs can be great sources of energy, excess carbs that aren’t burned off by regular activity can contribute to canine obesity and diabetes over time. Ask your vet for specifics about your dog’s carb and sugar intake, but it’s a good idea to give your dog apple slices — not whole apples! Slices are also easier for them to chew.

Apples Can Pose A Choking Hazard

If your dog has a tendency to swallow rather than chew, make sure you’re cutting their apple slices into small, bite-sized pieces. As with any new treat, make sure you keep an eye on your dog while they enjoy their apple pieces!

Apple seeds can potentially pose a choking hazard in small dogs. Additionally, the seeds contain small amounts of cyanide. The toxin is contained within the seed’s hard coating, but it can be released if your pup chews the seeds. The amount of cyanide is small enough that your dog should be able to naturally detoxify it. But to be safe, you should take care to remove apple seeds from anything you give to your pup.

Can Dogs Eat Apple Cores?

Dog eating apple

Yes, your dog can eat apple cores! However — in order to reduce any choking hazards — you should take care to remove the apple seeds and stem, and chop the core into bite-sized pieces if your pup likes swallowing their treats whole.

Can Dogs Eat Green Apples?

Don’t let the color fool you — green apples are just as good for your dog as red apples! They contain the same nutrients, but like all foods you give to your favorite pooch, keep an eye on calories and sugar content, and always remember to slice them up into smaller chunks.

How Do I Prepare Apples For Dogs?

Can dogs eat apples? Absolutely!

There are tons of ways for dogs to eat apples! Aside from chopping them into chunks or slices, you can try the following variations:

Frozen Yogurt Apple Treats

Combine apple chunks, plain yogurt, and enough water or low-sodium chicken broth to make the mixture runny. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for a summer treat! For added fun, place a carrot stick in the center of the ice cube tray to make a fun pupsicle! 

Peanut Butter And Apple Kong Filling

If you have a Kong treat (or a similar chewable, fillable toy), spoon apple chunks and peanut butter into the Kong until filled. If the peanut butter is too thick, try microwaving it for 10 seconds and then stirring until it’s pourable. Freeze the entire toy to entertain your pup for hours!

Dried Apple Chips

Grab an apple and cut it into paper-thin slices. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet, and slide it into a preheated oven at 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the apples dehydrate for five to six hours or until crispy. Let them cool completely, and then use them as rewards for your pup!

How do you give apples to your dog? Let us know in the comments!