An Apple a Day Keeps the Veterinarian Away
Dogs can enjoy a tasty, crunchy apple while reaping some of the same health benefits as you!
While an apple a day doesn't mean you shouldn't take your dog to the vet for regular checkups, it does mean your dog can enjoy a healthy apple with you daily while reaping similar health benefits. Apples are full of phytonutrients that are believed to be protective against some types of cancer. The juicy fruit is also full of Vitamin A & C and dietary fiber, while being a good source of calcium and phosphorus. And for healthy skin and a shiny coat, they’re full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Not every part of the apple is beneficial to your dog’s health. The core, seeds, and stem can actually make a dog sick. The seeds and stem contain traces of cyanide that won’t hurt your dog in small amounts but fed over time could cause serious health issues. The core isn't a healthy part of the apple, either. So take a little bit of time to prepare your furry companion a special treat by slicing up an apple, and removing the seeds, stem, and core before giving it to him.
Remember, too much of any good thing can turn into a bad thing. If your dog isn't used to getting this delicious treat, start by giving him just a slice or two and working up to an entire apple over time. If your dog eats too many apples they may experience some diarrhea and stomach discomfort. Certain other instances, such as a dog with kidney disease whose calcium and phosphorus should be monitored, and arthritic dogs that need omega-6 levels monitored, shouldn't be fed apples.
- Billie Claire Darby