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Can Dogs Eat Apples?

By Colleen Williams
published: October 25, 2016 - updated: April 25, 2022 • 1 min. read
Can Dogs Eat Apples

Yes, dogs can eat apples.

Smalls bites of apple can help clean and freshen dog breath, as well as provide fiber and antioxidants (Vitamins A, C and K). Senior dogs will get a boost from being able to eat apples if they’re on a restrictive diet.

You’ll want to core and seed the apple first to avoid a choking hazard and a possible poison issue with the seeds, and then you’re good to feed a raw slice directly to your pet.

You can also freeze slices and applesauce for summer treats (or teething relief), you can grate it on top of your dog’s dinner, or even try one of these 8 Autumn Apple Dog Treat recipes to satisfy your pup’s apple habit.

Word to the wise: not all dogs are the same! Some will not like apples, some dogs can actually be allergic, and if your dog has diabetes, apples can raise blood sugar levels. Adding small amounts slowly to your dog’s regular diet will help keep reactions at bay. Two fruits to never feed your pup? Grapes and raisins are toxic so stick to safe fruits and veggies.

Curious about what is okay and not okay for your dog to eat? Check out our comprehensive guide on what human foods are safe and not safe for dogs

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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