You know what they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But, can dogs eat apples? Yes, they can! And most canines love ’em, too.
Are Apples Good for Dogs?
Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus, and they’re a safe way to satisfy your pet’s sweet tooth (as opposed to chocolate and other doggy diet no-nos). The fruit is also relatively low in calories, and many dogs love the taste, as well as the crunch. Chewing an apple can also help clean your dog’s teeth, but shouldn’t substitute for actual dental care.
How to Safely Feed Apples to Your Dog
When feeding an apple to your dog, it’s best to cut it into slices or pieces, so that it’s easier for your dog to chew. Avoid giving your dog the seeds, as they contain cyanide, a toxic substance. You also want to keep the core, including the stem, away from your pup because it poses a choking hazard. Furthermore, eating too many apples can cause your dog to have a bellyache and diarrhea, so they’re best eaten in moderation.
You can also use apples in recipes, if you cook or make treats for your dog. One of our favorite recipes is for apple pretzels for dogs, an easy-to-make treat that includes only three ingredients: almond flour, eggs, and unsweetened applesauce. Check out the recipe video below and find the full recipe here.
Here at the AKC, we field many queries from anxious dog owners about what is and isn’t safe for their canine companions to eat. Questions range from the obvious (“Can dogs eat steak bones?”) to the trendy (“Can dogs eat quinoa?”) Check out more “Can dogs eat…” articles on AKC.org to see what other foods could be harmful to your dog, including cherries, avocados, and onions.