Are apples good for dogs?
In addition to being tasty, apples or apple slices are great low-protein, high-fibre and antioxidant snacks for our four-legged friends.
Therefore, they are excellent for older dogs that need a restriction in protein intake.
Apples are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which some veterinarians say help fight degenerative diseases such as joint disease, and for fibre, which can contribute to gastrointestinal health.
The apple also contains vitamin A and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phospore and potassium.
Are apples safe for dogs?
Apples are safe for dogs as long as the core and seeds are removed.
It is particularly important to remember this because the seeds contain amygdalin, which is part of the plant’s defence system. Although this compound is harmless if the seeds remain intact, it can degrade to cyanide when damaged by ingestion. Cyanide is an extremely toxic component that can have serious health effects and can even cause death when consumed in large quantities.
The lethal dose for a human is around 1.5 mg/kg body weight.
If you plan to give apples, remember to remove the core and seeds.
Apples unfortunately contain a lot of pesticides, so choosing organic apples from local producers will do your doggie and the whole community good.
Can my dog drink apple juice?
If you plan to let your dog enjoy apples, it would be better to give them apple wedges instead of apple juice.
While it may seem like a good idea to let your dog drink apple juice, you need to remember that clean water is always your best choice for keeping your dog hydrated.
Because there is no medical benefit to giving apple juice to pets and because it can cause spikes in blood sugar levels, apples are best enjoyed sliced as a snack.
Be aware of the effects on your dog
As with any dog food, fruit should always be given in moderation.
Use apples to supplement their daily ration and gradually introduce fruit into their diet. Remember that every dog is different and every dog reacts differently to food. Take the time to slowly add apples to your dog’s diet and pay attention to his reactions before making it a staple food.
If yourdog suffers from diabetes or cancer, keep in mind thatapples contain sugar; talk to your veterinarian about the effects apples can have on your dog’s health.
It’s also important to remove all the seeds from the apple as well as the core before feeding it to your dog.
- Apples are safe for dogs as long as you remove the core and seeds.
- Apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide which can be toxic to animals.
- Malic acid in the apple helps clean your dog’s teeth.
- Antioxidants as well as vitamins A, C and K will help in the prevention of degenerative diseases.
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