When I was a kid, we always gave our apple cores to the dog. He loved them. But can dogs eat apples without any ill effects? Or were we taking a risk?
And whether it’s okay to give your dog blueberries, dates, bananas, or any of the other common fruits we find in our homes.
I’ve been doing some research and you’ll find the answers to your questions below!
We’re going find out what fruits dogs can eat without harm, and identify which fruits dogs should not eat.
We’ll also discover which fruits are good for dogs, and worth making an effort to include in his diet.
Can dogs eat apples?
Apples contain a number of vitamins including vitamin C. They also contain some dietary fibre, and some minerals, including phosphorus and calcium
Most experts agree that the flesh of the apple is safe for dogs to eat. And many recommend giving dogs slices of apple for a healthy snack.
You can also freeze apple slices or pulp to give dogs a refreshing treat in cold weather or use apple in recipes for baked dog treats. We’ll look at some of those in a moment
Can dogs eat apple cores?
The apple cores I used to give to our Golden Retriever when I was a child were probably not such a good idea. For a couple of reasons.
Apple seeds actually contain a compound that is toxic. And although a large dog would probably need to eat quite a few of them to do himself any serious harm, apple seeds are not good for dogs.
There is also the concern that an apple core is a potential choking hazard. So it maybe better to put your apple core in the trash or in your composter, than in your dog.
Can dogs eat apple skin?
It won’t harm your dog to eat apple skin or peel.
So if your dog is relaxing on your favorite carpet, you might want to bear that in mind!
It is also worth bearing in mind that apples contain a lot of sugar, which dogs do not need to eat at all, and which can harm their teeth.
So moderation when giving apples to dogs, is definitely a good idea
Can dogs eat grapes?
The second fruit on our list is a very different story. The answer to ‘can dogs it grapes’ is a firm NO.
Your dog should not be given grapes or grape juice, or grape by products in any shape or form
Why can’t dogs eat grapes?
Eating grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs. According to the American Kennel Club as little as one grape per pound of dog body weight can cause an issue.
To complicate matters, not all dogs will be affected.
The mechanism by which grapes can poison dogs is not well understood. Nor do we know why some dogs may be fatally poisoned by a small quantity of grapes, while other can eat quite a few without any ill effects.
In fact, whenever we talk about any foods that are toxic to dogs you’ll find people popping up to say “my dogs eat those and he hasn’t come to any harm”
Just like my Golden Retriever who used to eat apple cores.
But the thing with toxicity is that the effects of the food on the dog will depend partly on the weight of the dog, partly on the quantity of the food he has consumed and partly on individual factors relating to the dog’s own health and metabolism.
Remember, toxicity to grapes in dogs is well documented.
Your dog may not appear to have been harmed by eating grapes on one occasion but you are taking a chance with his health every time you let him do it.
He doesn’t need to eat grapes. So why take the risk?
Can dogs eat raisins?
Raisins are a type of dehydrated grape and the same rules apply. Raisins can be very attractive to dogs because the sugar in them is so concentrated.
Be wary also, of giving your dog one of the many baked products made for humans that contain raisins.
What to do if your dog eats grapes or raisins
Dogs affected by grapes may vomit and become very thirsty.
If your dog eats some grapes accidentally, telephone your vet straight away and ask for advice.
If your dog has not already begun vomiting, your vet may want you to induce vomiting before bringing the dog to his office.
You can find instructions for doing this on this veterinary website – check with your vet first to make sure he is happy with you using this method
Can dogs eat oranges?
Oranges can be consumed by most dogs in small quantities without any ill effects.
Large amounts may give your dog diarhorrea. Again, these fruits are high in sugar so moderation is the key.
Can dogs eat lemons
Lemons are citrus fruits like oranges and the same rules apply
A little slice is unlikely to cause a problem, too much and you’ll have an upset tummy on your hands
Can dogs eat peaches and plums?
The flesh of fruit with pits of stones in the center is another tasty favorite for some dogs.
Many wild carnivores loves these fleshy fruits especially when they are over-ripe.
However, you should never give your dog the pits of plums or peaches. Not only are they toxic, they could also choke your dog or cause an intestinal blockage.
Can dogs eat bananas?
Bananas are deliciously sweet and many animals love them. Dogs are no exception.
Dogs can eat bananas without coming to any harm, but remember that the sweet taste is a reminder of how sugary they are.
Can dogs have blueberries?
Blueberries are safe for dogs to eat fresh or frozen. They are also high in anti-oxidants which help to fight free radicals.
Free radicals are substances which can damage your dog’s cells and may be implicated in the development of cancer. This means that blueberries are often recommended as a treat for dogs of all breeds
Can dogs eat cranberries?
Cranberries have long been associated with bladder health in humans.
It’s possible that eating cranberries helps to make the bladder wall less sticky, so that it is harder for certain germs (E Coli for example) to get a grip and start growing there.
You’ll find plenty of claims for cranberries having the same effect in dogs, but there is as yet no evidence to support this.
While swallowing the occasional cranberry won’t hurt your dog, it is also possible that regular intake of cranberries could lead to bladder stones.
With plenty of fruity alternatives, giving cranberries a miss is probably a good idea
When is fruit good for dogs?
If you are struggling to get an thin, elderly dog to eat, and fruit will tempt him, then by all means give him some.
Just don’t give him so much that it upsets his stomach.
Fruit can also be a good way of getting nutrients into a dog on special low fat diet.
We tend to think of low-fat foods like apples as being healthy, but remember, for most healthy dogs, foods high in sugars are not a necessary or even valuable part of their diet. And can contribute to obesity.
If you want to put weight on a skinny dog, feeding his usual food more frequently will usually enable you to increase overall quantities without upsetting his tum. And for raw fed dogs, fat is an ideal source of extra calories and the source that your dog’s digestion is best designed to process.
Summary – what fruits can dogs eat?
I hope you’ve found Can Dogs Eat Apples interesting. I’ve certainly enjoyed researching and learning more about this topic.
But in moderation it is fine to give your dog the occasional slice of apple, orange, peach or plum.
You can also use the flesh of these fruits when baking your favorite home cooked dog biscuits
Your dog can also have a piece of banana or a slice of orange if he enjoys them and won’t come to any harm as a result.
However, before you leap for the fruit bowl, remember that fruit is high in sugar and should only be fed as an occasional treat, not in large quantities.
How about your dog?
Does your dog have a favorite fruity snack? Tell us about him in the comments below!