November 2

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Can Dogs Eat Applesauce?


Can Dogs Eat Applesauce

Dogs can eat small quantities of unsweetened applesauce. However, as carnivores, their digestive systems are designed to eat a diet of meat and bones. In moderation, Applesauce is not dangerous for a dog, and it has many nutritional benefits, including vitamin C and some essential minerals such as Phosphorus. In the past, wild dogs had a diet of 10% to 15% of grasses, nuts, and fruit. Please be aware that apple seeds and stems contain cyanide and are, therefore, poisonous in large amounts. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, so a little naturally sweetened apple is a good alternative.

Health Benefits Of Apples

● Apples contain Pectin, which is a soluble fiber. Pectin can assist in strengthening the immune system and can reduce inflammation.

● The high Vitamin C content of apples is excellent for proper bone growth and development.

● Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin, shiny coat, sharp claws, and teeth.

● Apples are high in antioxidants, which are crucial for a robust immune system. 

● Phosphorus is vital for bone development, especially in puppies.

● Calcium is necessary for bones, nails, and teeth and also your dog's heart.

● Apples are high in fiber, so they will improve your dog's digestion. They do not derive any energy from soluble fiber, but adding it to a diet will improve your dog's colon health, including issues with diarrhea, constipation, and diabetes. 

● You can grate apples and add them to your dog's dinner to add bulk as they are low in calories.

● Apples do not contain any salt, fat, or cholesterol.

● Apples contain natural sugar for energy; however, remember sugar is not a healthy addition to a carnivore's diet, so moderation is the key.

Can Dogs Eat Apples

Yes, in moderation, dogs can eat apples. 

● Dogs can eat the fresh flesh of apples but remove the apple seeds and stems as they contain cyanide and are poisonous.

● Always remove the core, as this can be a choking hazard.

● Chop them up and add to your dogs' food or feed them slices as a treat. You can freeze them in Summer and give them as treats to your dog.

● Due to their high fiber apples can cause diarrhea in dogs, so keep the quantities down.

● Apples can also be a healthy, crunchy treat for your dog to enjoy that helps clean his teeth (but do not use apples as a substitute for a regular doggie dental routine).

Can Dogs Eat Applesauce

Yes, in moderation, dogs can eat natural unsweetened applesauce. 

Applesauce is cooked, which means that the fiber has broken down a little bit, so your dog is unlikely to experience digestive issues from eating the applesauce. The toxic seeds and stems have also are before cooking.

● Dogs should only eat unsweetened applesauce. They do not require any sugar in their diet, and apples already contain natural sugar. Food items high in sugar can often lead to gastrointestinal symptoms like upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, and even pancreatitis. 

● Only feed your dog small amounts - less than 5% of their diet. 

● Avoid commercial applesauce with coloring agents, pesticides, and preservatives.

● Apple contains soluble fiber, which will fill the stomach and help your dog feel full if it is overweight, and you are reducing their dinner portions.

● Avoid products with xylitol, a sweetener sometimes used as a sugar substitute that is highly toxic to dogs.

● Avoid feeding applesauce to puppies as it can lead to diarrhea that can result in dehydration and even death.

● A tablespoon of nutritious homemade applesauce can be mixed with your dog's dinner as a palate enhancer if your dog is picky.

● You can feed your dog little applesauce is by making homemade applesauce or homemade applesauce dog biscuits.

Homemade All Natural Dog Applesauce Recipe

Ingredients 

● 3 pounds of apples

● 1 pint of water

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 350 and put two sheets of baking paper on a baking tray.
  2. Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface. If it is too loose and crumbly, you can add a 1/4-1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil.
  4. Roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thick and then cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Make small round balls if you do not have any cookie cutters.
  5. Put the cookies on a baking sheet, approximately 1/2 inch apart.
  6. Bake them in a preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Let them cool and then serve.

If your dog is arthritic, you can add a teaspoon of turmeric, a well-known anti-inflammatory

Homemade All Natural Applesauce Dog Biscuit Recipe 

Ingredients

● 3 cups of whole wheat flour

● 2 cups of quick-cook oats

● 1 cup of peanut butter 

● 1 cup of unsweetened natural applesauce

● 1 teaspoon of baking powder

● 1/2 a cup olive oil or coconut oil, optional

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease and line a baking tray with baking paper to stop them sticking.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
  3. Knead your cookie dough on a lightly floured surface, and if the dough feels too dry, add a tablespoon of olive oil now.
  4. Roll the dough to approximately 1/4 inch thick and then make some bone-shaped cookies with cookie cutters or form the dough into balls about an inch in diameter. 
  5. Place cookies on the baking sheet, approximately 1/2 inch apart.
  6. Bake your dog biscuits for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Let them cool and then call the dog for a tasting session.

Conclusion

If you are like me, you love to give your pet tasty treats that have health benefits, and there is nothing quite like roast pork with all the trimmings and a good dollop of applesauce. Humans have introduced their pets to sweet treats, and applesauce is a good option if your pet has a sweet tooth. Now you know it is safe to give your pets a little leftover roast with applesauce but make sure:


● Always read the label and check for any pesticides, coloring agents, or preservatives. Before you purchase an applesauce pre-made product, better still make your own natural unsweetened dog applesauce.

● Use applesauce as a treat and always in moderation.

● If your pet exhibits any unusual signs or symptoms after eating anything, call your vet and refrain from giving them any more applesauce until you know it is not the cause.

About the author 

Imran Hossen

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