Can Dogs Eat Apple? | A Comprehensive Guide for Pet Owners

Can Dogs Eat Apple?


As pet owners, we always strive to ensure our furry friends are healthy and knowing which foods are safe as well as beneficial for our dogs and which are not is a crucial part of that. Luckily for you (and your pooches) we are fully clued up when it comes to dog nutrition and are here to bust open the conversation on this topic. Today, we are going to be putting one very popular fruit under the microscope: apples. Like blueberries and sweet potatoes, feeding apples to dogs may not have ever crossed your mind but trust us, they are definitely worth trying!


Are Apples Safe for Dogs?


Yes, apples are safe for dogs to eat. They are a great source of essential nutrients and can be a healthy treat when given in moderation. However, there are some important precautions to keep in mind to ensure your dog enjoys apples safely which we will cover in more depth below.


Nutritional Benefits of Apples for Dogs


Apples are packed with nutrients that are really beneficial for your dog’s health. Let’s dive into the specifics:


  • Vitamin A: Supports eye health and boosts the immune system.

  • Vitamin C: Acts as an antioxidant, helps to repair body tissues and strengthens the immune system.


  • Calcium: Important for bone health and muscle function.

  • Phosphorus: Works alongside calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth.

Fibre Content

  • Dietary Fibre: Apples are rich in fibre, which helps to aid digestion and promote a healthy gut – something we love here at Grub Club!

On top of this apples are also good for:

  • Dental health – the malic acid in them is great for teeth cleaning

  • Fresh breath – the above will lead to a much fresher (and tolerable) breath

  • Weight loss plans – apples are low in fat so ideal for any dog watching their waistline!

  • Brain power! – By giving your dog treats like apples that are rich in antioxidants, you will also be helping to reduce brain ageing – an extra benefit for older dogs. 


Risks of Feeding Apples to Dogs


While apples are safe for dogs, there are a few potential risks to be aware of:

  1. Apple Seeds: Apple seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides, which can release cyanide when chewed or digested. It’s important to remove all of the seeds before offering apples to your dog.

  2. Apple Core: The core is a potential choking hazard and can also cause digestive blockages. Always remove the core before feeding apples to your pet and keep it well out of reach of those snuffling snouts!

  3. Overfeeding: Too many apples can lead to digestive upset, including diarrhoea (which nobody needs). Moderation is key.


How to Feed Apples to Dogs

Here are a few ways in which you can safely incorporate apples into your dog’s diet:

  1. Wash Thoroughly: Ensure the apple is clean to remove any pesticides or chemicals.

  2. Remove Seeds and Core: Cut the apple into slices or small chunks, removing all seeds and the core.

  3. Serve in Moderation: Start with small amounts to see how your dog reacts and to avoid overfeeding.

  4. Active Treat: Slice your apple thinly enough to pop inside a kong to help keep their brain active, and reduce boredom and stress. As apple is low in fat you don’t have to worry about counting the calories!

  5. Puree: Making apple puree is a safe way to feed your dog this tasty fruity treat especially if your dog is elderly and/or has dental problems.

  6. Summer Cool Down: Cut them into smaller, thinner slices and freeze your apple for a refreshing, cold treat on a warm summer’s day.

  7. Monitor Your Dog: Watch for any signs of digestive upset or allergic reactions.


Grub Club’s Apple Treats for Dogs


At Grub Club, we know how important it is to provide safe and healthy meals for your furry friends which is precisely why we formulated a complete dog food packed full of all the good stuff that your dog requires – yes, that includes apples.

All-Day Buffet is a dog food with a difference and here is why:

– Made using insect-protein, a high-quality and highly digestible novel protein source great for all dogs, especially those with sensitivities, intolerances or allergies

– Contains antioxidant-rich blueberries and pomegranates to boost immune health

– Includes vitamin-rich apples which do all the above mentioned. You know what they say, an apple a day keeps the vet away!

– Sweet potato is another powerhouse ingredient we love as it is rich in vitamin A and beta carotene for healthy eyes, bones and skin

– Also contains Linseed which is rich in dietary fibre and omega 3 to support a healthy heart and tummy

– Has added prebiotics and yucca extract to improve gut health and stool consistency

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If you are ready to treat your dog to something special, why not check out our All-Day Buffet and let your pooch enjoy the delicious and nutritious benefits of apples today?!