can dogs eat apples

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

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To quickly answer that question: Yes, dogs can definitely eat apples. They are actually really healthy for your dog.

Benefits of Apples

Apples are high on fiber, low protein and full of antioxidants. Vitamin C can help with degenerative conditions like joint disease and the fiber is great for digestion.

If your dog has a soft stool, you can feed him apple skin. The apple flesh is best for dogs with constipation and a harder stool.

Dogs generally don’t need the Vitamin C in the apples if they have a balanced diet but they can make a great treat.

How to Serve Apples

You cannot serve your dog a whole apple. The apples should be properly washed, cut into slices, cored and have stem and seeds removed.

The seeds of apples have cyanide in them. A few seeds won’t kill your dog and the toxic substance will be sort out by the liver if the lethal threshold has not been reached.

You can drizzle a bit of honey over the apple slices or puree them into apple juice. You can then add some cinnamon to the apple juice and store it in the freezer for yummy ice cube treats.

Here is an awesome recipe for apple treats I have used plenty of times for my own dog.

Can Dogs Eat Apple Cores?

As I said above the core and seeds contain hydrogen cyanide which is poisonous to dogs and cats. But despite the myth that they are hazardous to dogs, your dog would have to eat lots and lots of apples to actually get killed by them. So don’t get scared if he accidentally bit into one.

A medium sized dog would need to eat 85 grams of apple seeds and completely chew them up to get a toxic dose.


To get 85 grams of apple seeds your dog would need to eat around 200 apples which means that before the seeds would become dangerous to your dog, you will have to worry about the high level of sugar and no dog would willingly eat hat much.

Can Puppies Eat Apples?

Yes, definitely. But you will have to watch your puppy so he doesn’t choke on a big bite. Start with a small piece and gradually increase the amount to see if your dog’s stomach tolerates the food.

How Much Apple Can a Dog Eat?

Although apples are generally healthy, feeding too many cause some issues. The sugar in the apples is critical for dogs with cancer or diabetes. They can also cause diarrhea and nausea when not fed in moderation.

But a slice a day won’t harm any dog but if you are concerned, you can always ask your vet questions regarding your dog’s diet.

Can Dogs Eat Apple Cider Vinegar?

Do not feed apple cider vinegar to your dog. The high amount of sodium is very unhealthy and increases the blood pressure. But do not throw away the idea to use apple cider vinegar on your dog. You have probably heard about the health benefits for humans but they are also amazing for dogs.

Apple cider vinegar is my favorite thing to use on my dog. We mostly use it as flea, tick and mite prevention. Every few months we will wash our dog as usual with her dog shampoo and we will then pour a 1:1 mixture of water and apple cider vinegar over her body and let it dry without washing it out.

The smell is not that strong and will go away after a day or two but your dog’s coat will be so soft. Once a week we will spray the same mixture on her coat and let it try. This is our all time favourite alternative to chemical flea and tick preventions.

We will also occasionally clean our dog’s ear with the vinegar to prevent mite infections. If your dog is currently infected with ear mites, then dip a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and gently rub it into your dog’s ear twice a day.

Can Dogs Eat Dried Apples?

Yes, your dog can eat dried apples but only in small amounts. The apples have lost their containing water which makes them more potent than fresh apples. The dog will want to eat more of it but they contain much more sugar than normal apples.

Look on the packaging and avoid any added sugars, salt or flavors. They can be a yummy occasional snack but should not be fed daily. Fresh apples will remain a healthier choice.

Feeding Apples Against Doggy Breath

Apples are actually natural tooth brushes. Chewing on the skin and flesh stimulates the gums which reduces bacteria in your and your dog’s mouth. Apples can also remove plague between teeth leading to healthier teeth and a better smelling breath.

Researches made some studies on the health benefits of apples for dog teeth and found out that they can resolve many mouth problems and can help decrease panting.

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  1. I wanted to make some apple cookies and wasn’t sure if I could share them with my puppy. Now I know how I have to prepare them, thanks!

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