Can dogs eat apples? Nutrition for your Best Friend
Can dogs eat apples?
So you’re wondering “can dogs eat apples?”. Just like with people, dogs can react differently to various foods so if you are unsure it is always advised to check with your veterinarian. As a general rule, apples can provide some of the same benefits to dogs as they do to people, and likewise, some of the same hazards as they do to small children.
The part of the apple that people eat is rich in nutrients and antioxidants while being low in protein and fat which can make for an optimal snack. It is important to remember that fruits such as apples do tend to have a fairly high sugar content and should only be consumed in moderation. Just like with people, even the healthiest snacks can be over consumed!
The whole apple? or just part?
Similar to people, dogs should not eat the apple stem or core as seeds can contain cyanide. Additionally, as with all foods the pieces need to be of an appropriate size and only fed under supervision due to the risk of a choking hazard on any ingested material. For this reason it can be a great idea to cut the edible portion of the apple into appropriate size pieces for your specific dog.
Overall, If your vet approves and your dog likes apples, they can be healthy snack to feed in small amounts.
It is always important to consult the appropriate professionals when planning a diet change for your dog. Each individual will have different needs and your veterinarian and nutritionist will be able to best help you meet your dogs needs.
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