Can I Give My Dog Apples?

Can I Give My Dog Apples?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? After all, what’s good for us is not always good for them.

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 it entirely. The seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide. In general, Apples fall into the category of not being necessary for dogs. In fact, you are probably better off not providing them at all.

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 comparison.

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.

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 benefiting 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. So if you are in a bind and 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.

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.

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Terence February 26, 2014

Dogs are carnivores and a Prey-Model Raw (PMR) diet is the most appropriate for such animals. Other than meat, the diet doesn’t normally include fruits and vegetables. Of course, there is no harm in adding fruit like apples to treat certain diseases as was informed by a commenter of this article, Bobbie. The BARF diet, on the other hand, definitely includes fruits and vegetables plus meat. The founder of the diet, Dr. Ian Billinghurst, believes dogs are omnivores.

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Bobbie July 27, 2013

I am shocked to come across this post saying not to give a dog apples. Apple is the main base ingredient for an anti-cancer diet. I have been giving my 13 year old shepherd/husky this fruit. She was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and I created a diet for her based on organic apples, kale and carrots along with other things I add such as Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Essiac tea, wormwood, etc.

The vet was surprised that her last ultrasound showed no sign of cancer. Of course, no seeds, as they are poisonous. However, apples contain a multitude of phytochemicals all which may very well play a role in preventing cancer. Cornell researchers have identified dozens of compounds in apple peels that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures. So, I’m continuing to give my dog apples!

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James July 27, 2013

Hello Bobbie. Thank you for sharing that detailed information. I am going to look into what you have said and edit the information regarding Apples for dogs accordingly. You have provided some great info, based on first-hand experience, to this community.

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Bobbie July 27, 2013

Thanks for your response James. I realize dogs are carnivores and they need mostly protein. Their digestive tract has a hard time breaking down certain plant matter, especially grains. Grains and corn are cheap filler used in most commercial dog foods. Most diseases including cancer can be traced back to the digestive tract.

I believe the cancer epidemic in dogs (statistically 60% of dogs over 6 will develop some type of cancer) can be related to the horrible commercially processed dog food. Even the ‘better’ ones are not so great. The high heat processing kills a lot of vital nutrients. But, when animals kill prey in the wild, the prey often has partially digested fruits and vegetables in them. Their diets are more well rounded than ‘just meat’.

I’m no expert, but my love for my rescues (two are 13 years old and one is 5 years) and the recent cancer diagnosis has led me to research and research. I’m thrilled that Roxy’s new ‘cancer diet’ appears to be working. So miraculously that the vet is now claiming the ultra sound machine must be broken! Roxy is currently acting and feeling better as well. So, as I said I will continue the organic apple, kale, carrot base and I’m using fresh sardines as the protein. I welcome any new info. I continue to research. Thanks again for responding!

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Lucy November 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing Bobbie. I lost two dogs to cancer. My newest dog, a 3-year old rescue, has recently shown me she loves apples. I too was surprised at the author here recommending no apples. Your post gives me very good information. I won’t give her too much, of course, but I’m glad to know of the cancer-fighting attributes.

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