Are Apples Good For Dogs?
If you want to treat your dog, but you want them to stay healthy and not become overweight, then fruit and vegetables can be a great treat. But you need to be careful because not all fruit and vegetables are safe for dogs to eat. In this article, I will answer the common questions, Are Apples Good for Dogs? Can Dogs Have Bananas? & Can Dogs have Pineapple?
In what way are apples good for dogs?
Apples can be a great addition to your dog’s diet, A lot of dogs love to eat apples for the sweet taste and crunchy texture. They are also a source of vitamins A & C, high in fiber and various antioxidants, they also help to clean your dog’s teeth and freshen their breath. They are also low in protein and fat, which makes them perfect for more senior dogs.
Are all apples good for dogs?
All varieties of apples are fine for dogs to eat, as long as you take care in preparing them properly.
Things to know before feeding apples to your dog.
Before feeding apples to your dog, it is best to make sure you remove the core and any seeds. The seeds contain very small amounts of cyanide, which can build up over time, which then prevents blood from carrying oxygen around their bodies. Don’t go giving them too many either, as apples contain a lot of sugar, and eating too many apples can cause diarrhea and an upset stomach in dogs.
Try to get organic apples if you can, if you can’t, be sure to give them a good wash before feeding them to your dog as many fruits are treated with herbicides and/or pesticides.
If giving apples to your dog for the first time, be sure to cut them into slices or chunks and monitor your dog, to make sure they don’t choke or have an allergic reaction. If your dog does show any sign of an allergic reaction, such as swelling, sneezing, itching, hives, difficulty in breathing, or any other possible symptoms, then stop feeding your dog and contact your veterinarian immediately.
So, Are apples good for dogs?
Yes, in moderation, apples of all varieties can be a great treat for dogs.
Owners of diabetic dogs should always consult a qualified veterinarian before feeding their dog apples as a treat.
Can Dogs Have Bananas?
Have you ever wondered: Can dogs have bananas? If you have then great, the answer is YES!
How are bananas good for dogs?
Bananas are high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and fiber which help with digestion. Unlike some other fruits, bananas are great for dogs and are one of the most nutritious fruits they can eat. They are great for reducing cell damage and also help to promote bone growth and build cartilage.
Things to know before feeding bananas to your dog.
When giving bananas to your dog for the first time you should introduce them into their diet slowly and in small quantities, most dogs will happily eat all the bananas you give them which will result in an upset stomach.
It is not recommended to feed your dog the peel of a banana, they are not toxic to dogs but they are much harder to digest.
As with most foods, it is best to limit the number of bananas your dog eats due to the sugar content, too much sugar, even natural sugar will lead to weight gain, which will then lead to health concerns, such as obesity and diabetes.
Try to provide 90% of your dog’s calories from dog food and the remaining 10% from treats.
Just like with apples, if giving bananas to your dog for the first time, be sure to cut them into slices or chunks and monitor your dog, to make sure they don’t choke or have an allergic reaction. Again, if your dog does show any sign of an allergic reaction, such as swelling, sneezing, itching, hives, difficulty in breathing, or any other possible symptoms, then stop feeding your dog and contact your veterinarian immediately.
So, can dogs have bananas?
Yes, most dogs go bananas for bananas, they make a great treat, but in moderation.
Owners of diabetic dogs should always consult a qualified veterinarian before feeding the dog banana as a treat.
Can Dogs Have Pineapple?
Pineapples are great, I’ve never come across anyone who doesn’t like them, but can dogs have pineapple?
In what way are pineapples good for dogs?
Pineapples are loaded with vitamins and other good stuff, which can help boost their immune systems, but it is only advised to give dogs fresh pineapple and in moderation as they are again, high in sugar.
Things you should know before treating your dog with pineapple.
I think it goes without saying, only feed your dog the fleshy part of a pineapple, that we also eat. Never give them the core as this is far too hard for dogs to digest. And never give them the spiky skin or leaves, as these can get stuck in their digestive tract causing serious problems which may require surgery to remove. This may be common sense to all of us, but not so much to our furry friends, so don’t let them near it until it is ready for them!
As with all new food you give to your dog, be sure to monitor them when giving them pineapple for the first time, to make sure they don’t have any kind of allergic reaction. Again, if your dog does show any sign of an allergic reaction, such as swelling, sneezing, itching, hives, difficulty in breathing, or any other possible symptoms, then stop feeding your dog and contact your veterinarian immediately.
Secondly, start off with only a few small pieces the first time, to make sure the pineapple doesn’t cause them to have any diarrhea.
When should you give your dog a treat?
Whenever you give your dog a treat or a snack, you are possibly unbalancing your dog’s diet, treats should only be given during training or as a reward for good behavior.
Dogs are masters of begging for food and you should certainly never give treats to your dog because you feel guilty, as overfeeding can lead to health issues as well as creating problems within the power structure, which can cause behavior and training problems.
So only treat your dog between meals, during training, and as a reward on your own terms.
Are Apples Good for Dogs? Yes
Can Dogs Have Bananas? Yes
Can Dogs Have Pineapple? Yes
So, there you have it, Apple, Bananas, and Pineapple, all great, healthy tasty treats your dog will enjoy.
Just remember to feed your dog treats at the right time and feed in moderation.
Owners of diabetic dogs should always consult a qualified veterinarian before feeding the dog pineapple as a treat.
(This article has been written to the best of the writer’s knowledge. This article is not meant to substitute professional veterinary advice in any way and should not be used as such).