An apple is a tasty, round, edible fruit produced by the Malus pumila tree. Apples are safe for dogs to eat, a great treat for an overweight dog or a dog on a low-calorie diet, cause apples are low in calories, a 100g apple has only about 50 calories. They are high in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. As a bonus, apples can help clean off the tartar built on your dog’s teeth and also keeps your dog’s breath fresh.
Apple benefits for dogs:
Apples as we’ve mentioned, are high in fiber, vitamin C and A, minerals and various antioxidants.
- Antioxidants: Improve Your Dog’s Gastrointestinal Health.
- Fiber: which helps with your dog maintain consistent digestion.
- Vitamin C: Help with degenerative conditions, like joint disease.
- Vitamin A: Supports improved skin and coat health and helps to strengthen your dog’s immune system.
- Potassium: is essential in boosting muscle growth. And also helps your dog digest and absorb nutrients faster.
How much apple can a dog eat?
A quarter, half or three-quarter of an apple per day makes a good serving, depending on your dog’s weigh.. for example if you have a large breed such as German Shepherd, Labrador or Rottweiler, you can give him half or three-quarter an apple, but if you have a small breed like French Bulldog, Beagle, Yorkshire Terrier or Dachshund.. A quarter or half an apple is more than enough, because snacks should only be 10% of your dog’s daily calories.
How much apple for puppies? A slice of apple per day makes a good serving for puppies.
How to give apples to my dog?
Apples for dogs should be:
- Washed: wash the apple to remove any leftover chemicals and bacteria.
- Cored and seeds removed: Never feed your dog the core of the apple because it contains the apple seeds. Apple seeds contain cyanide, which can be toxic and harmful to dogs if built up in their system.
- Peeled: Depending on your dog.. If your dog is extremely sensitive to fiber, you can cut off the peels, to remove the extra fiber.
- Cut into slices: Make sure to always slice apples into smaller pieces to allow for easier digestion.
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