Healthy Treats for Dogs – Apples for Dogs

Are Apples Good For Dogs?


Apples are a healthy food for dogs that have a sweet flavor that they love. Read on to learn of the health benefits to your beloved pooch, get some apple dog treat recipes, along with a selection of apple dog treats for purchase that are 100% natural.

Apple seeds can be harmful to your dog, as they contain cyanide. The apple core can be a choking hazard. Be sure to remove the seeds and core before serving to your dog.

 

Health Benefits of Apples


Apples are naturally gluten-free, low-fat and high in dietary fiber which provide a great benefit to your dog’s digestive health.  Fiber also contributes to feeling “full”, so apples are good addition to a dog’s diet that may be on a weight management plan.

Apples are a healthy food for some senior dogs, or dogs with certain health issues who need to be on a protein-restricted diet.

Apples are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, and the antioxidant benefits are believed by some veterinarians to aid in the prevention of joint disease.

Raw apples are good for a dog’s oral health, too – by removing plaque and freshening breath!

 

Apple Dog Treats


Apples are healthy treats for dogs, and a simple way to include apples into your dog’s diet is by giving him or her slices as a treat, adding some applesauce to his or her dry dog food, adding apple chunks to your own slow-cooker wet dog food recipe – I add them with chicken, spinach, and sweet potatoes to make a whole batch of nutrient-dense homemade dog food.

Try a homemade dog treats recipe or purchase a 100% all-natural apple treat to include the health benefits of apple in your dog’s diet!

 

Acana Lamb and Apple Dog Treats

Grass-fed lamb raised on Kentucky ranches, freeze-dried and combined with fresh Red Delicious apples and sarsaparilla root for an incredible treat for your dog.

 

 

 

VitaLife Apple & Chicken Wraps

With only 2 ingredients – premium chicken paired with sweet apple slices.
100% all natural with no artificial colors or flavors, and naturally grain and gluten free.

 

 

 

Nutro Crunchy Treats with Real Apple

Your dog can enjoy real apple flavor in this crunchy treat.
100% natural, made with non GMO ingredients and no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. No corn, wheat or soy protein.

 

 

All Natural Chicken Apple Sausage

Chewy, bite-sized apple treats with no corn, wheat or soy. All natural, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Made in the USA
Ingredients: Chicken, Honey, Apples, Ground Brown Rice, Glycerin, Salt, Vinegar, Natural Flavor, Rosemary Extract, Allspice, Cinnamon

 

 

Make Your Own Dehydrated Apple Dog Treats


This is so simple, and when done in the oven instead of a food dehydrator, the yummy aroma fills up the house (I won’t use the oven method in the summer, but in the fall/winter when it’s cool enough for me to turn the oven on, that’s how I do it!)

The ingredients are simply – Apples!

Can’t really get any simpler than that!! Add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you want.

Slice the apples in any direction you want and space evenly in a dehydrator. Dehydrate for 24 hours.

Oven method – Place sliced apples single-layer in a 200 degree oven for an hour.  Flip them over and bake for another hour. Allow to cool in the oven as the oven cools.  Done!

If you’re in the market for a dehydrator, which can be used for many, many dog treats with veggies and meats, check out this one:

 

Hamilton Beach Dehydrator

  • 48 hour timer with auto shutoff and clear lid
  • Adjustable digital thermostat (100-160 degrees F)
  • 5 stackable trays
  • and more!

 

 

Frozen Apple Dog Treats


My dog loves, loves, loves Ice Cubes! They’re a “toy” for her to toss to herself, a “treasure” to bury in the garden, etc. You get the idea.

So why not turn that plain water ice cube into a frozen super-food treat for her?

Again, super-simple.

Ingredients – An apple!

Cut up your apple into chunks, removing the seeds and core. Put into a blender and add some water if you need the pulp thinner.

Fill ice cube trays with the mixture and freeze, and then you have a healthy frozen treat for your dog. If you want them to look like actual “dog treats” instead of cubes, check out these molds that can be used in the freezer (or the oven if you want to bake treats)

 

2-Pack Silicone Dog Paw and Bone Molds With Recipe Booklet

2 food-grade silicone molds – one shaped like bones, the other shaped like paws. Use in the freezer or the oven. And a bonus booklet of recipes for making treats for your pup!

 

 

 

There are a lot of recipes for making your own healthy, homemade treats for dogs on the internet.  I’ve offered only a couple, along with the reasons why you should include apples in your dog’s diet – and they love them!

Apples are an excellent food for around the holidays (or anytime!), so get some healthy apple treats for your dog, or make some this Christmas and holiday season!

See our selected holiday and Christmas treats that will make great stocking stuffers!

 

2 Comments

  • Chris

    I never really thought about going down the solid fruit route as dog treats before – makes perfect sense really, and I bet apples act as a good ‘teeth cleaning’ agent for them as well! 

    The one worry I have is in regards to the stomach problems dogs sometimes have. Mine has had problems with certain foods in the past, and the mess is quite a task to deal with. 

    Should certain dogs stay away from eating fruits? Dogs that have had stomach issues?

    • Shannon

      Apples contain pectin, which helps to alleviate loose stools. Apples alone should be given as a treat in moderation – just as you or I eating too many apples can cause stomach upset, so can they in dogs 🙂

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