There are some human foods that dogs can eat and there are some that are very toxic for them? Are apples safe or not? Find out below!
If you are like me, you love to share your human food with your best friend (aka your dog). I especially love eating apples: raw, baked, also sauced, or in apple pies. Any way you can slice them, I eat them, they are delicious and also so nutritious! An apple a day keeps the doctor away, isn`t that right? But is the same true for your pet dog? Does an apple a day also keep the vet away? Can dogs really eat apples?
Are apples really safe for dogs to eat? Yes, they completely are!
Apples are almost 100% healthy for dogs and are packed with many nutritional benefits. However, not all parts of an apple are actually safe for dogs to eat and there are some possible side effects you should know.
It is probably no surprise to anyone, but the skin of an apple actually contains more nutrients than the rest of the apple. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the skin has a higher percentage of fiber, potassium, and also other nutrients — but there are plenty of these in the flesh of the apple as well! Apples with the skin are loaded with phytonutrients that are recommended for humans because of their powerful cancer fighting properties. Apples contain vitamins C and A, antioxidants, and also dietary fiber. They are also a good low-calorie snack for your pup instead of high-fat, store-bought treats.
Apples also help keep a dogs’ teeth clean as well as freshen their breath, and also the fiber in apples can contribute to their overall gastrointestinal health!
Dogs can safely eat the skin of an apple and also the flesh of an apple, but should never, ever eat the core or seeds. The apple core can be a choking hazard and also seeds contain cyanide, so you don not want to let those near your pet. The leaves and the stem can be potentially poisonous to dogs, so do not ever allow yours to eat those parts. If your dog does accidentally does consume the core, seeds, stem, or even the leaves of an apple, call your vet immediately.