Yes, when prepared correctly. The apple core and apple seeds can harm your dog.
Great sources of vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, phytonutrients, flavonoids, apples can be excellent treats for your dog. Whether you prepare them at room temperature or freeze apple pieces for a frozen treat, apples offer many positive dietary reasons for including them in your dog’s diet.
However, apple seeds and the apple core contain arsenic, a natural poison that can hurt or kill your dog depending on how large your dog is and how much arsenic was consumed. A small amount can hurt or kill a human, so be sure to give your dog apple slices, not the entire apple, Be sure and throw away all apple seeds, cores, stems, and leaves as arsenic can be found in all of them.
Low in calories with no saturated fats or cholesterol, apples are wonderful additions to your dog’s diet. Experts suggest half an apple is a good size for a treat.
One of the reasons apples help dogs is that dietary fiber in the fruit binds to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon which can help save the colon mucous membrane from exposure to harmful substances. In addition, the fiber in apples helps prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol (dietary-LDL) in the gut.
When giving apple treats, be sure to follow the basic rules for giving any fruits or vegetables to dogs:
- Thoroughly wash the fruit/vegetable to remove all soap, bacteria
- Always begin with a small taste test (about the size of your thumbnail) to see if your dog likes the new taste
- Remove any seeds or pits. Not all seeds and pits are harmful to dogs, but many of them are so it’s a good habit to remove any seeds you can find. The worst seeds/pits that can do the most harm to dogs are: apple seeds, apricot pits, cherry pits, nectarine pits, peach pits, and plum pits.
- If your dog doesn’t like the fruit/veggie raw, try mashing it into their dog food to introduce the new ingredient to their diet. Some fruits can also be cut into small cubes and frozen for a special treat (apple, pineapple, sweet potato are some popular ones).
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