This article covers food safe for dogs (including apples) and how we can properly feed them to our dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Yes, but not all of it. The apple’s core and seeds contain cyanide. Cyanide is poisonous to both humans and dogs.
There are many foods that we, as pet owners, give our dogs, and yet, so many of us are unaware the dangers of certain foods that can cause for our furry family members. There is good news, though! There are foods we can give our dogs that are actually healthy and safe for them to eat.
Apples are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. They’re a great snack that’s low in protein, but high in fiber, which is perfect for both older and younger pups. Many veterinarians have theories that the antioxidants in apples can help lessen the risks of conditions like joint disease and gastrointestinal health. On top of these benefits, they’re extremely tasty and unbelievable in aiding a dog’s oral health, too!
How to Safely Feed Your Dog Apples
When feeding your dog an apple, remember to first make sure it’s not rotting. Although, it’s not a serious threat to their health, it is still more difficult to digest and might cause minor illness. It is important to wash it thoroughly, as well. Any leftover bacteria on any kind of food poses a possible issue with digestive problems. After a decent cleaning, be sure to remove the core and any seeds, as they contain cyanide. Do not feed them the stem, assuming it’s still attached to the apple.
Cutting them up into slices decreases the risk of posing a potential choking hazard. Depending on the size of the dog, smaller chunks are probably better for smaller dogs, as they have smaller mouths. Smaller slices are also easier to digest for dogs of any size and any weight.
Other Safe Human Foods to Feed Your Dog
Instead of taking a random guess at the types of food can pose a health problem for your pet, take a moment to view the list below of safe (and healthy) foods you can give your dog.
- Yogurt – This is a great food to help with digestion. It’s high in calcium, fiber, and does wonders for your dog’s teeth!
- Eggs – Scrambled eggs are high in protein and they are very easy to eat. You can even add cheese to it to make it taste better! Which brings us to our next one on the list.
- Cheese – Dogs LOVE cheese just as much as we do. Make sure they are not lactose intolerant, because otherwise, this is not a good choice for them. Cottage cheese is generally the best kind to feed them, but only in moderation.
- Plain Oatmeal – This one is highly recommended for elderly dogs with irregular bowel issues and digestive problems. It is also very high in soluble fiber and very filling. (Tip: Be sure to cook it first and don’t add anything to it!)
- Baby Carrots – These are high in vitamin A and they are great for your dog’s oral health.
- Raw and Unsalted Peanut Butter – (not lite or sugar free!) Make sure they are not allergic to peanuts before feeding this to them. This is a great snack that comes highly recommended. It is rich in protein, niacin, vitamin E, and much more.
- Cooked Salmon – Yes, I said salmon. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, this snack helps in regulating your dog’s immune system. Even the fish skin is safe to feed them!
- Chicken – As long as it is cooked thoroughly, this can be used to add an extra boost of protein!
- Green Beans – This is a low calorie vegetable. It is also very filling, so they won’t need a large portion of it added to their food bowl.
- Banana – Bananas are a great dog treat!
- Pickles – As long as it is in small doses, pickles can be used as a treat. They are high in sodium, however.
Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs
Below are some fruit and vegetables that your MUST NOT feed your dog.
- Apple Seeds – Contains Cyanide and is very toxic
- Grapes – These can cause kidney damage
- Citrus fruit – This fruit can cause an upset stomach
- Onions and Garlic – Toxic in any form and will elevate heart and respiratory rates causing collapse
- Wild mushrooms – Some varieties are toxic, cause seizures and organ failure and may be fatal
- Cherries – The pits are toxic as, like apple seeds, they contain cyanide
- Potatoes – Causes vomiting seizures and irregular heat rate
- Rhubarb – Depletes calcium level and results in kidney failure
All in all, it is safe to feed your dogs certain foods. Just be sure to do your homework first and consider discussing any possible health concerns you may have with your veterinarian. Everybody loves to feed their dogs, but on major holidays, like thanksgiving, veterinarians see a huge spike in visits due to dogs who have eaten a food they shouldn’t have eaten at all. It’s encouraged to take care of your furry friends, because their lives are shorter than ours. Don’t let ignorance shorten a pet’s life more than it already is, and remember to only give small portions. Over feeding pets is also a major issue in digestive problems with pets today.
If you love your dogs, educate yourself. You’ll be doing them an enormous favor. It’s always the little things that have the ability to make the biggest difference.