Does An Apple A Day Keep The Vet Away?



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Does An Apple A Day Keep The Vet Away?


TheDogTrainingLady September 4, 2015 No Comments on Does An Apple A Day Keep The Vet Away?

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Does An Apple A Day Keep The Vet Away?


Can Dogs Eat Apples?

The answer to the lst question is no, an apple a day does not keep the vet away. It can however, help your dog maintain good health. The answer to the and question is yes, dogs can eat apples.


The human food that dogs can eat on this week’s menu that is good for them – apples.
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Not all dogs will go for apple slices. They are worth trying if your dog likes them. It will help clean residue off their teeth, which will help freshen that doggie breath.

Apples are a good source of vitamin A and C, as well as fiber.

We all know that fiber can help with our gastrointestinal system; this is also true for dogs.

Apples are low in calories and make a great treat for your dog.

Please be sure to remove all seeds and the core as this can cause a choking hazard.

According to Modern Dog Magazine

“Large amounts of apple seeds and stems can be bad for your dog, as they contain cyanogenic glycosides, which can cause tummy upset and, a more serious problem if consumed in large quantities.”

Check out their article for several ways to serve apples to your dog.

The one that I liked the most is that I can grate an apple as a dinner topping. This will give them the benefits of the fiber and vitamins. It is the crunching of the apple slice that helps with the removal of debris on their teeth, and freshen their breath.

Watch for adverse reactions in your pet. All pets are different, and some may be allergic to certain foods.

Whenever you are introducing new food into your dog’s diet – do it slowly. If you overdo it, you could cause your dog to get an upset tummy.

Older dogs, dogs that tend to get ill often, and those that need to stick to low-fat or limited protein diet, apples make a yummy fiber filling addition.

I am not a vet, nor do I have any veterinary training. I research healthy food alternatives for my aging dog and share this information.

Always check with your vet about specific dietary needs for your dog.

Here is a YouTube video by Dog Food Coach, Sarah Whitman that explains the process of apples, and introducing new food to your dog.

Amazing Vitamin C

When I researched the advantages of vitamin C, I came across an article that truly impressed me. The website “The Power Hour” reprinted an article that appeared in Prevention Magazine in 1976.

Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M. began using large doses of vitamin C through injections and dietary supplements. A four-month-old Doberman Pinscher was brought to the hospital suffering from distemper. He immediately started vitamin C injections…within 5 days of treatment this dog was able to go home.

We all know that distemper is usually a death sentence for a dog.

There was yet another dog that came in with severe jaundice. Another death sentence – after three days of Dr. Belfield’s treatment, the dog went home.

Please check out the full article, I think you will find it as amazing as I did.

Now I’m not sharing this so that you start giving your dog high doses of this vitamin if he is sick. I am sharing this with you to help us all understand that vitamin C can have amazing effects. I also share this to help you be an advised advocate for your dog.

I did find both sides of the apple slice while researching this topic. Some say don’t do it, and others saying it’s great. The holistic veterinarians are supporters for vitamin C.

The repeating statement I found is that a dog’s body produces vitamin C, so it is considered unnecessary for more to be added to your dog’s diet.

However, this is where it can come in handy.


When a dog becomes stressed, they can deplete their body of vitamin C.
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Stress for a dog can come in many forms. Physical stress for working dogs i.e. dogs that hunt or pull sleds. Dogs can become stressed from moving to a new environment. Stress from surgery, pregnancy, and lactation, all these and more can affect dogs. Even normal puppy growth can put stress them.

I see no reason you couldn’t provide them with an apple slice or two as a treat, unless your vet tells you it is not good for your dog.

Keep in mind apples have natural sugar, and if your dog is diabetic, apples are not a good idea. I just know this because I am diabetic.

Now back to the Yummy Apples

I also found this great healthy dog treat recipe on Easy Home Made for Cinnamon Apple Bones

You Will Need:

1 large apple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (do not switch nutmeg for the cinnamon – nutmeg is definitely on the doggie NO-NO list)
1-cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
Peanut butter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Chop up the apple pieces pretty fine. (You can use applesauce if you like)
Combine all of the ingredients except the flour.
Gradually add the flour until your dough is stiff enough to roll out.
You can use a cute, little bone cookie cutter. but you can just drop in circles and flatten.
Bake for 30 minutes and then lightly spread peanut butter over them, if desired.
Cook an additional 30 minutes and let cool. The peanut butter will harden making a nice, tasty frosting.

(Peanut butter is also good for dogs; just opt for the raw unsalted kind)

I hate to tell Mary this, but I think she already knows. I don’t like to cook or bake much. I really hope she like apple slices, if not, I may try grating them as food topping.

The Green Bean Experiment

In last weeks post, “Are we Killing Our Dogs and Ourselves?” This brought up the issue of obesity in people and pets here in the U.S.

We talked about human food, (healthy human food) which is also good for dogs.


This was the beginning of “The Green Bean Experiment”.
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My dog Mary doesn’t know she’s the guinea pig for these food experiments, but what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her. It actually may make her feel better.

Mary is getting up there in years (okay, okay – I won’t tell them how old you are) psst… she’s 91 in dog years. Don’t tell her I told you.

I sure hope you are as surprised reading this article as I was when doing the research on:


Can Dogs Eat Apples? – OR – Does and Apple a Day Keep The Vet Away?
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Until Next Time

Pawsitively Yours,

Suzanne Dean, ABCDT

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