We all know that some dogs will eat just about anything. From puppies to senior citizens, the strangest things seem to tempt them. We worry about them trying to eat our socks, or a child’s toy, loose change, or even some gravel from the yard. But an apple sounds harmless enough, doesn’t it?
Are Apple Cores Bad For Dogs?
Before giving your dog an apple, you should know a couple of things.
The core itself is more fibrous than other parts of the fruit and could, therefore, cause a choking hazard.
But this is only one reason for concern, another is your puppy or adult canine may get into the garbage and help himself to an apple or two. This is worrisome because the seeds can be toxic to dogs as well as humans.
It seems that apple seeds contain cyanide. Granted, this sounds very scary, but before you panic, let’s look at the facts.
This dangerous substance is found only in the center of the seed. This means it must be chewed for it to be released, not merely swallowed whole. And there is really a minuscule amounts of cyanide in each seed, so unless your pup has consumed a very big quantity, he should be fine.
That being said. The danger that does exist will depend on the size of the dog. Smaller animals will be able to tolerate much smaller amounts than larger animals. And the effect of the toxin is cumulative, meaning that it will build up in your pup’s system until possibly reaching lethal proportions.
So, as you can see, it is not good to make a habit of feeding your canine such things or allowing him access to areas where he may find them himself because it can be dangerous.
My Dog Ate An Apple Core Now What?
If you suspect your canine has, in fact, eaten a large number of those dreadful seeds, watch him carefully for any sign of a toxic reaction, such as uncoordinated movement, dilated pupils, red gums, and/or irregular breathing.
You may choose to induce vomiting as a precaution, using a three percent hydrogen peroxide solution, following instructions on the packaging. But before you do, seek veterinary guidance by giving your vet a call.
Can Dogs Eat Apple Cores?
The flesh of the apple itself can a valuable nutritious treat for your pet. They are low in calories and high in fiber and provide an excellent source of Vitamins A and C. Some vets believe that the Vitamin C contained inside it can be beneficial in combating some degenerative diseases and joint conditions.
And the fiber, can contribute to your pet’s overall gastrointestinal health. Fiber is also rich in antioxidants. As an added benefit, apples can also help to clean your hound’s teeth and freshen his breath.
They may serve as a healthy substitute treat for older animals who should be more careful about their intake of fatty and/or protein snacks.
You must be careful about how you serve them to your pet. They must be cut into small chunks, the smaller the pet, the smaller the chunk.
You may even consider adding them as a homemade snack to your pet’s regular meals. Or perhaps some small bits covered in honey as a special doggy cookies.
But, as with any new food introduced into your hound’s diet, start slowly. Some canines may have trouble tolerating apples, perhaps due to their sugar and fiber content.
Be aware that they may not be the right choice for every canine companion. Since they are rich in sugar, you must be cautious about serving them to a diabetic animal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Hounds Die From Eating Apple Seeds?
It is possible but highly unlikely. But you must remember that the amount of the dangerous substance found in this item is so minute that any ill effects may be minor or even non-existent. And bear in mind that the effect is cumulative, so unless your pet consumes them on a regular basis, in sufficient quantities, the danger of death is remote.
Can A Dog Eat A Whole Apple?
Apples can make extremely nutritious and sweat low-calorie treats which are good for dogs.They are rich in Vitamins C and A, as well as fiber. They can be beneficial in fighting joint degeneration and avoiding gastrointestinal problems.
They may be given when cut into small chunks or added to your pet’s regular meals. Just make sure to slice it as they may be a choking hazard.
What Fruits Can Dogs Not Eat?
It’s reasonable to say that most “people” fruits are perfectly safe for your pet, but there are certainly some which should be avoided. Grapes, raisins, and currants should be avoided at all costs, as they are extremely toxic to dogs, causing kidney failure. Parts of the avocado’s skin and leaves, as well as its pit, contain a toxin called persin, a life threatening poison for pups. Cherries should be avoided too, and tomato leaves contain a toxin called solanine, so it is best to avoid them.
Which Fruit Seeds Are Poisonous?
There are toxins contained in a number of fruit seeds. The pits of certain stone fruits, such as peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries contain a substance called amygdalin, which, when ingested, is converted into a poisonous substance. The outside of the pit must be breached by chewing or grinding to release the substance, however. Consumption of a few ones should not be dangerous, but the effect is cumulative, so never make a habit of offering your hound such fruit pits.