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Can Dogs Eat Apples?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Given in moderation, apples can be a nice treat for your dog.

Given in moderation, apples can be a nice treat for your dog.

Sure, dogs can eat apples. Apples contain quite a few antioxidants—compounds that might reduce heart damage, cancer, and the effects of aging—and also will add fiber to your dog's diet while providing vitamins and other phytochemicals. (1)

I like to feed my own dogs apple slices when I am cutting the fruit each day for my parrots. I only give a few slices to each dog since apples are sweet, but that seems to satisfy them, at least until something new is available.

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Please note, however, that dogs should not eat apple cores, as they can cause choking or intestinal blockages.

Sources:

  1. Boyer, J., & Liu, R. H. (2004). Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits. Nutrition journal, 3, 5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC442131/

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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