I call it the great apple debate because of mixed reviews I’ve heard about dogs consuming the apple peel..
Like most pet parents I’m constantly seeking fresh, wholesome, natural and beneficial foods to feed the Boys.
Both Harley and Jaxson are huge fans of fruits and veggies.
CAN DOGS EAT APPLES? –
Yes, they can! …
Apples are a wonderful low-calorie affordable treat for dogs. Loaded with benefits such as antioxidants, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and both Vitamins A and C.
An all natural way to satisfy their sweet tooth, it has become a favorite evening treat. On occasion (before Harley’s allergy flare-ups), I used to toss the apple chunks in peanut butter. #nomore
NO SEEDS PLEASE –
I’ve always removed the stem, and cut away the core along with the seeds. The core because it could easily become a choking hazard and the seeds because they contain small amounts of cyanide.
Eating a few seeds shouldn’t have a major effect, but eating a significant amount could cause a build-up of cyanide in the body. I never know how to gage a “significant amount” therefore I just omit completely to be on the safe side. #whenindoubt
SO LET’S GET TO THE PEEL –
Harley & Jaxson both eat the peel! A large majority of the good nutrients are in the peel…
During a recent visit with their (conventional) Vet – we were chit-chatting about nutrition. There were a few questions I had about natural sugar – Harley’s age – diabetes, etc… when the apples rolled into our conversation.
He said the amount and frequency of their apple intake is fine, but he caught me off guard when he cautioned me to remove the core, the seeds AND the peel. #whatyoutalkingaboutwillis?
Doodle Doc explained that the peel was difficult for some dogs to digest and has been known to cause intestinal issues.
The topic of apple peels monopolized our time together and we parted with him suggesting I start peeling the apples from now on. A precautionary measure he called it.
HELLO INTERNET –
Because I am not a vet, I certainly will listen to one. But I also needed/wanted more information. I sat at my desk and “surfed” for days.
Ton’s of literature discussing the dangers of seeds and the apple core. Not many sources addressing a digestion concern with the peel though. But I bumped into this sentence several times –
Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. Source: ModernDog
TO PEEL OR NOT TO PEEL –
That has certainly been the question around my house lately.
Our Holistic Vet believes the peel is fine as long as there are no adverse reactions. Similar thought process to “some people can and other people can’t” when it comes to foods.
With that said, here is what I’ve concluded –
- All fruits and veggies are cleaned thoroughly before we consume them.
- I trust Doodle Doc – I value our conversations and if apples were a “new food” I probably would peel the apples.
- But since apples have been on our menu for so long, we will continue serving and enjoying the peel…
Does your pup eat apples?
Do you peel?
Let us know –
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