Canine Nutrition: Are Apples Safe for Your Dog to Eat? – KetoNatural Pet Foods

Canine Nutrition: Are Apples Safe for Your Dog to Eat?


At KetoNatural Pet Foods, we believe in providing comprehensive guidance to pet owners about their furry friends' nutrition. "Can dogs eat apples?" is a frequent question we receive from pet owners. Yes is the short answer. For the longer answer, read on..

Can Dogs Eat Apples Safely?

Yes, dogs can eat apples safely and they are a good source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Apples can also aid in cleaning residue off a dog's teeth, which can help freshen breath. However, safety significantly depends on the right preparation.

Can Dogs Eat Apple Seeds or Apple Cores?

When serving apples to your dog, it is crucial to remove the core and seeds, which contain cyanogenic glycosides, substances that can release cyanide when ingested. While it's not a concern if your dog accidentally eats a seed occasionally, the consumption of large quantities can lead to problems.

Can Dogs Eat Honeycrisp Apples?

Varieties of apples like the Honeycrisp are also generally safe for feeding your dog. In fact, many pet owners find their dogs particularly enjoy the taste of a juicy, sweet Honeycrisp apple. Whether you're serving a Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Golden Delicious apple, the rules of preparation remain the same - always remove the core and seeds when iou feed your dog apples.

Can Dogs Eat Green Apples?

Yes, dogs can eat green apples. Green apples, like other varieties of apples, are generally safe for dogs to consume. Apples can be good for dogs and a healthy and low-calorie snack option for dogs. They contain essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. 

Can Dogs Eat Apple Pie?

While apples are fine for dogs, apple pie is certainly not recommended. Apple pies often contain additional ingredients that can be harmful or unhealthy for dogs.

In essence, these concerns have to do with the high carbohydrate content of most pies. Pie crusts and fillings are typically packed with sugar and starch (from flour). These carbohydrates do all manner of unhealthy things to canine bodies, hijacking metabolism and promoting obesity, among other problems.

Can Dogs Eat Applesauce?

It depends.

If your brand of applesauce is composed entirely of apples (and doesn’t feature any added sugars or artificial sweeteners), then you should consider feeding it to be roughly equivalent to feeding raw apples to your dog. As such, it is fine in moderation.

On the other hand, if your applesauce does include added sugars (as most do) then you should consider feeding it to be more akin to feeding your dog apple pie, as opposed to raw apples. In other words, we don’t recommend it.

Can Apples Cause Diarrhea in Dogs?

While apples that are cored are generally safe for dogs, excessive consumption can lead to digestive upset, including loose stools or diarrhea.

This occurs because apples contain fructose, a natural form of sugar that dogs can sometimes have trouble digesting in larger amounts. As such, eating too many apples might result in mild stomach upset.

Can Dogs Be Allergic to Apples?

Yes, like most types of foods, individual dogs can be allergic to apples. But it is not very common. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to begin introducing new foods or treats to your dog in small quantities. Additionally, knowing the signs to watch for is important. Here are some common signs and symptoms of food allergies in dogs:

  • Occasional itching or scratching
  • Skin redness
  • Mild hair loss
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Diarrhea 
  • Vomiting

Other Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can Eat

Dogs can eat a range of fruits and vegetables in addition to apples as part of a balanced, healthy diet. For instance, blueberries are a great source of fiber and antioxidants. They can be a great, low-calorie treat for your dog. Carrots, peas, and green beans are excellent veggie choices. They are nutrient-dense and can provide a nice crunch that dogs often love.

But keep in mind that not all fruits and vegetables are suitable for canines. For instance, grapes and raisins can seriously harm your dog’s kidneys. Before adding a new food to your dog's diet, do your homework and speak with your veterinarian.

To further improve your dog's diet, consider incorporating one or more KetoNatural products, like Ketona Dry Food for Adult Dogs Chicken Recipe and Ketona Zero Carbohydrate Chicken Liver Dog Treats. They are low-carb, grain-free options that can benefit your dog’s overall health.

Veterinary Perspectives on Feeding Apples to Dogs

Veterinary professionals broadly concur that apples, when given judiciously and prepared correctly, can serve as a nourishing addition to a dog's diet. Apples are a rich source of Vitamins A and vitamin C, nutrients that are integral to a dog's immunity and overall wellness.

Before contemplating the inclusion of apples in your dog's dietary plan, it's prudent to consult with your veterinarian. They can impart tailored advice that takes into account your dog's age, weight, breed, and overall health status.

Dogs Eating Apples: The Takeaway

While apples can be a very healthy snack and treat for dogs when offered in moderation, they should not form a significant part of their diet. At KetoNatural, we recognize the value of a well-balanced diet full of premium proteins, good fats, and little or no carbohydrate. Our selection of low-carb dog foods is made to fulfill your pet's cravings while also meeting those criteria. Always speak with your veterinarian before making any major dietary changes for your dog.

Why a Low-Carb Diet for Dogs is Best

Scientific investigations underscore the positive impact a low-carb diet can have on a dog's overall health. Traditional diets for dogs, often loaded with carbohydrates, can pave the way to health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and even certain cancers. Given their natural carnivorous predisposition, dogs are biologically designed to metabolize proteins and fats more efficiently than carbohydrates. Moreover, carbs are not mandatory in a dog's diet, as they can meet their energy requirements from proteins and fats. 

At KetoNatural Pet Foods  we are pleased to offer the world’s first line of low-carb, ketogenic dry foods for dogs.