As they are half omnivorous, dogs also enjoy some fruit and vegetables. Among these, there are apples. However, this fruit is not without risk for your pet.
Find out in this article why apples can be toxic to dogs, and how to prepare them to reduce any risk.
Are apples toxic for my dog?
You can give your dog an apple as long as you remove seeds and core.
Indeed, the core, seeds and leaves contain a toxic substance called amygdalin. Once in the dog's body, it releases cyanide during digestion, a lethal poison in large quantities.
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However, in order to become intoxicated, the dog must eat large quantities of apples, especially cores. This is why, although it exists, intoxication remains quite rare.
What are the benefits of apples for dogs?
What makes the apple interesting for a dog is its composition in nutrients that are very beneficial for his health, here are the main ones:
- Water: apples are rich in water. Therefore, they help hydrate your dog.
- Fibres: apples are rich in pectin, a fibre with antidiarrheal properties. It is therefore entirely advisable to give apples to regulate your pet's intestinal transit.
- Vitamins and minerals: apples are very rich in vitamin A, C, carotenoids and folic acid. These vitamins not only give your dog a shinier coat, but also boost his immune system. In addition, they also contain minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are needed for the proper functioning of the body.
Thanks to the nutrients they contain, apples are a great treat because they help relieve transit problems, improve kidney function and also have a positive impact on your dog's oral hygiene.
Apples for my dog: how to prepare them to reduce risks?
Although it is a very moderate risk food (it is important to remove the core and seeds), apples should be offered occasionally and as part of a balanced diet, as they are high in sugars.
So, to get all the benefits of apples, remove the seeds and center of the fruit, cut them into small pieces and treat your dog. You can also mix them with kibbles.
Apples for all dogs?
Apple is a food to be given occasionally (2 to 3 times a week). However, because it is rich in sugar, it is not advisable to give it to diabetic, overweight or obese dogs. It is necessary to consult a veterinarian before considering giving apples to your dog, even as a treat.
In summary, apples are food that you can give to your dog. However, it is necessary to remove the centre and the seeds beforehand because these are the toxic parts of the fruit.
These parts contain amygdalin, a precursor of cyanide, a poison that can be fatal if ingested in large quantities.
If you are considering feeding apples to your diabetic dog, it is advisable to seek veterinary advice.
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