Apples might seem like a natural choice for your dog, but is it something they need in their diet, and do they process it the same way that we do? What’s good for us is not always good for them. Luckily we’ve got dogs covered with specially formulated dog food.
Dog ownership would be a lot harder if we had to figure out what to feed them everyday and had to make sure each and every food was properly balanced to fit their own unique nutritional needs. Since we’ve got dog food at the ready, there’s not really a need to give them apples. It’s not necessary to give your dog daily fruits and veggies the same way you need to for yourself and your family.
If they do end up with an apple, make sure they don’t eat the entire thing. The seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide. You’ll see some owners say that it’s OK to give your dog fruits and vegetables. They often list apples as being one of the approved fruits, but it falls into the category of not being necessary, which means that you don’t have to bother. In fact, you are probably better off not doing so.
If you are in a bind and you’re out of dog food you can make an exception. You can hold your dog over with part of an apple. Just be sure to cut it up for them so they don’t get any seeds.
Can I Give My Dog Apples? Answer: Not Recommended
Whether cooked or raw you don’t really need to give your dog an apple. Apples have found a place in our diet, since we’re more Omnivorious, but dogs are much more naturally carnivorous. People tend to categorize humans and dogs into definitive groups but, the fact is, most things aren’t absolutes such as black or white.
Either way, it’s fairly easy to know what a dog would eat if they weren’t domesticated. There are a lot of wild dogs to look at for comparison. They are clearly carnivores to a high degree. Your dog shares much of the same makeup as these beasts so an apple isn’t going to cut it.
A Dog’s Digestion
The reason that a dog doesn’t really need an apple, and won’t benefit from it the way that you might think they would, is because their body is not used to eating raw or cooked fruits. If they are getting the same dog food day in and day out, that’s what they’re used to, and that’s what their stomach and digestive juices are ready for. Assuming you are providing quality dog food, which isn’t easy, they are getting what they need. If you notice, after you give them an apple, that their poop isn’t quite right this should be a clear sign. Of course, a small portion of an apple may not trigger a digestive problem and every dog is different.
In general, when a canine processes an apple, especially a whole apple or apple slices, they will have considerable trouble trying to digest it. They won’t absorb the vitamins and minerals anyway since their digestion is quite fast in comparision.
Isn’t Fruit Healthy?
Fruit is well-established as a great health food for humans, but a dog left alone with a decent food supply wouldn’t seek it out. This is true for apples and many other fruits. Dogs would rather spend their time trying to find an animal to kill, since they’re primarily pack hunters that eat meat. You don’t think of your dog this way but you can’t argue with evolutionary forces.
What About an Apple a Day?
The old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, doesn’t really pertain to dogs and vets. As long as you are feeding your dog a high quality dog food, they won’t have any nutritional deficiencies unless they are sick. You don’t have to worry about supplementing their diet with raw fruits and this type of treat should be the exception not the rule.
Again, a dog doesn’t need daily fruits and vegetables. It’s not a good idea to apply our food pyramid to what a dog needs even if they are part of your family. Their primary need is meat and protein. Vegetables and fruits don’t even enter into the equation. They aren’t even a secondary aspect for a dogs’ diet unless you are highly confident they are benefitting from something you’ve personally discovered through trial and error. Most canine owners simply don’t need to worry about it. You’d be better off researching the best dog foods instead.
If your dog does end up eating an apple, either by accident or because you give them one as a treat or as a substitute for a meal, they should be alright. It isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Dogs are incredibly versatile. They may experience some stomach discomfort, including diarrhea, but aside from that it shouldn’t cause any long-term problems. You might want to monitor them for the next 24 hours. Hopefully after reading this you won’t be compelled to give a dog an apple anymore.