Of Course A is for Apples!
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My Papillon, Kitsune, has always loved snacking on fruits and vegetables. Fenrir has been a different story. He started out being a pretty picky eater. By picky I mean, if it wasn't his regular kibble, or chicken, he didn't want it! We've slowly been able to introduce, and get him to eat, different foods. Last month I gave him apples for the first time, and he actually seemed to enjoy them!
Can Dogs Eat Raw Apples?
Hopefully I already answered that question, since you can see in the photo that Kitsune is eating an apple slice.
Many dogs enjoy apples for the same reasons people do. These crispy, sweet treats can be fed simply sliced, chilled, or as an ingredient in home made treats.
Do keep in mind that apple seeds, however, are toxic. If your dog eats a couple of seeds accidentally it shouldn't be a big deal - but you should try to avoid feeding your dog apple cores, seeds, and stems.
Also avoid feeding applies in excess. I remember once, when I was a kid, I took the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" seriously. While I didn't end up having to go to the doctor from eating too many apples, I did end up with some pretty unpleasant stomach symptoms. The same can happen to your dog if you're not careful. Moderation is key!
What are the Benefits of Feeding Apples?
In humans, apples contain phytonutrients that are thought to help prevent cancer. Other than phytonutrients, apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and calcium. They also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can help improve your dog's coat.
Apples are low in calories, making them a good snack choice for dogs who are overweight. Chewing on them may also help to freshen your dog's breath.
So while your dog doesn't need, and probably shouldn't have, an apple a day - apples can be healthy, low calorie snacks for dogs. Just make sure, like with any new treat, that you introduce them to your dog slowly, in small amounts, to avoid stomach upset.
Comment below! If you have a dog, does he/she like apples?