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Can dogs have apples?

Updated on June 29, 2010

Dogs are carnivores. They are also voracious eaters. In the wild, dogs would eat not only the meat of the prey but also the contents of the stomach and the intestines. This is why the dog has developed a liking for grasses, leaves, berries and fruits. People have a habit of sharing what they eat with the dog. Thus dogs have grown a liking for human foods too. Dogs love eating apples. Owners would see how the pet enjoys munching the sweet juicy fruit. However, there are many write-ups about the dangers of feeding the dog human food. Apples for the dog have its own down side. So, would you take the chance and share your caramelized apple or a piece of fresh and juicy Red Delicious with your dog? Dogs can have apples but an owner must ensure that the fruit is not consumed in large quantities. Additionally, the dog owner must ensure that the fruit is cored and seeded before it is given to the pet.

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An apple a day…

An apple is more than just an ordinary fruit that is available all year round. An apple is rich in vitamin C, phosphorous and calcium. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that attack healthy cells. This vitamin strengthens the bones and the teeth. This fruit is a good source of dietary fiber that keeps the dog’s digestive tract healthy and ensures that the bowel is functioning properly.  A dog that regularly eats apples would have a healthy and glossy coat – a work that is achieved by the omega 3 and the omega 6 fatty acid contents of the fruit.

When apple becomes unsafe for the dog

Apple itself is generally healthy for the dogs. However, dogs are known to be ravenous eaters. The dog may have an apple eating spree if allowed to have a go at the apples in the orchard. The result…stomach upset. It is very likely that the dog would “unlearn” its housebreaking training. Diarrhea is one of the outcomes of consuming large amounts of apples. Sweet apples mean sugar. Although the fruit contains natural sugar instead of the processed sugar found in some dog treats, the sugar nevertheless will result to obesity. The calcium content of the fruit may aggravate an existing kidney trouble of the dog. Owners of arthritic dogs should exercise caution in giving apples to the dog as the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids can cause inflammation of the joints.

The apple seeds

Apples are best eaten raw and unpeeled as one fourth of the nutrients and the fiber content of the fruit is on the peel. An owner though has to make sure that the fruit is thoroughly washed to remove traces of insecticides and other chemicals. More importantly, the apple must be cored and seeded. An apple seed contains amygdlin, which is a form of cyanide that when ingested in large quantities will poison the dog by preventing the blood from carrying oxygen to the parts of the body.

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