Can dogs eat apples?

Yes, apples are a wonderful treat for your dog!

Just be aware that apple cores and seeds should not be eaten by dogs. Apple seeds contain a compound similar to cyanide (it’s called amygdlin) which can prevent oxygen from being carried through the blood. Cores can be hard to digest as well, and could cause a blockage. Be aware that too many apples can cause loose stools. Apples are also not good for dogs with kidney problems. Apple sauce and apple cider should also be avoided due to high sugar content.

It’s best to give your dog smaller, cut pieces of apple, to insure that they don’t get any harmful parts. Leaving the apple skin on is fine, just be sure to wash the apple thoroughly to remove pesticides and waxes.

Apples have a lot of great benefits; they have dietary fiber and vitamin C, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids can help control skin allergies, and they help make a healthy, shiny coat. Giving apple pieces now and then is a great way to treat your dog to something special while also being great for their health.

Don’t be surprised if apples become a favorite treat for your furry friend!


  1. Kirby the Dorkie says:

    For some reason I don’t like raw apples but I sure like unsweetened applesauce (I can be a chunky boy). Mama bakes with it when my treats need added moisture or sweetness.

  2. Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says:

    Kolchak and Felix *adore* apples. Sometimes, we’ll all sit down and share apple slices dipped in PB or apple slices with cheddar cheese. Tasty treat for the whole family!

    (PS – Tomorrow is the Tasty Tuesday blog hop over at Kol’s Notes if you’re interested in linking up this post!)

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