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A is for Apples

ppppAOf Course A is for Apples! 

This post is a part of the 2015 Blogging from A to Z challenge!  You can learn more about our challenge theme here

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?

Dog eating an appleHopefully 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.

 

Puppy eating an apple sliceAlso 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?

Puppy with an appleIn 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?

puppy making a funny face while eating an apple

  • M.J. Fifield

    My dogs aren't a fan of apples, and I always find that funny because, you know, they'll eat out of the cats' litter box.

    I love Papillons!

    • lol right? Dogs are pretty gross sometimes. My younger dog is especially picky about food, yet goes nuts for nasty dried up dead fish at the beach. Papillons are awesome. I don't think I ever want to be without one.
      Thanks so much for your comment.

  • My fluffs enjoy fruits and veggies too, and apples and carrots are by far their fave. They prefer crunchy.

    Great to meet you and I'll be sure to stop by to check out more of your #AtoZBlogging posts. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • theresa

    Good info on a healthy snack - I have a senior mini schnauzer - may try this for a treat! Good Luck 'snacking' your way through the A to Z Challenge

  • Cherrie Ali

    My German Shepherd loved apples! I used to give her the core.

  • kim cleary

    My dogs (a cocker spaniel and a moodle) love apples! I split the core in two and take out as many of the seeds as I can 🙂

    • My family had a cocker spaniel when I was a kid - they are fun dogs. Barnaby, my rabbit, usually gets my apple cores after I remove the seeds. The pups are spoiled and normally get pieces I cut for myself. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • My Rottweilers love apples, bananas and most veggies. They like to try new things all the time. (Of course, that includes pigeons and rats they catch themselves...)
    Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

    • I'm glad my two have, so far, been unsuccessful catching any snacks for themselves. Kitsune, I think, would most likely try to snuggle with pigeons and rats rather than eat them - not Fenrir though. Thanks for your comment!

  • catchatcaren

    Oh Dakota loses his mind with apples!!! He LOVES them! He knows when my husband is taking one out of the fridge and will bark til he shares. Thanks for mentioning the core and seeds are poisonous!!!!! DakotasDen

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