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Healthy Foods Checklist: Apples for Dogs

 

Apples are a tasty and healthy treat for our canine companions. This disease-fighting fruit packs a nutritional punch, complete with dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. As a bonus, apples can help keep a dog’s teeth clean and breath fresh.

 

Fiber found in apples can contribute to a dog’s overall gastrointestinal health, while vitamin C is believed to help with degenerative conditions, like joint disease.

 

You can use apples to supplement smaller portions of your dog’s normal food. They also make a great treat substitute for dogs on a low-protein or low-calorie diet. Serve apples sliced, grated over food, or as an applesauce.

 

It’s important to remove the core and seeds from the apple before giving it to your dog, as these can pose a choking hazard. Apple seeds also contain a cyanide compound, which is poisonous if ingested in high doses.

 

In addition, some pet foods and treats contain apples as a source of immune-boosting antioxidants and other key nutrients.

 

Keep in mind that apples contain sugar, which could be harmful to dogs who suffer from diabetes. Pet parents should talk to their veterinarian about the effect apples may have on their dog’s system and health.