The Facts About Apples and Your Dog

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    With the fall weather approaching and apple picking season in full bloom, wonder if you should pick up some extra apples for your dogs?

     Can My Dog Eat Apples?

    I'm sure you know" An apple a day with keep the doctor away", Well An apple slice or two a day will keep the vet away. Apples are a great source of vitamin A and C for our dogs.  Apples also are a good source for fiber and calcium. Apples are low in fat which makes them a great snack for dogs. Plus dogs love the juicy sweet taste.

    Can Apples be Harmful to My Dog?

    The core and the seeds can be dangerous for your dog. Apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide which is released when they're broken or chewed

    How to Feed My Dog Apples?    

    You can just wash the apple, core it and slice it  into long sliced or small chunks. Our dog loves it cold and simple. If I want to be creative, I will slice it in long thin strips, place the strips on a baking rack over a cookie sheet  and bake it at 200 degrees for about 2-3 hours and serve make dehydrated chips. There are many homemade recipes on the web that include mixing apples with cinnamon, oats, bananas and sweet potatoes.

    How Much Apple is Safe for My Dog?

    The amount of Apple your dog can eat depends on if your dog is a toy, small, medium or large dog.  On average, veterinarians recommend 10% of your dogs daily calories. Like any human food given to a dog, too much can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea. We recommend one or two slices, remember it's a treat.

    Interested in other fruits that may or may not be edible for your dog, read these articles:

    The Facts about Strawberries,The Side Effects and Health Benefits

    The Benefits of BlueBerries

    Sweet Potaoes and Your Dog