We all know the benefits of eating apples, but did you know your dog can enjoy those benefits as well? Indeed they can. Young or old, apples can be part of a healthy diet for your pet, adding a variety of nutrients to their daily food.
Apples are loaded with vitamins A and C, which means they contribute to a stronger immune system. These vitamins also help puppies develop strong muscles and bones as they grow. The fruit also contains soluble fiber, which aids in maintaining a healthy digestive system and relieves constipation. Antioxidants in apples add to their overall benefit for dogs. They help keep cells healthy. These vitamins and minerals also aid in improving eyesight and strong bone development. And apples are low in fat, which makes them a great treat for all dogs, but especially ones who’ve been put on a low-fat diet.
Another benefit that may surprise you is how apples can help keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy. Daily brushing is the best, but all of us know it can be a difficult practice to keep up with. Chewing on an apple slice can make the chore fun. Dogs love to chew and the rough texture of the fruit rubs against your pup’s teeth while they’re having fun, removing plaque and tartar buildup.
As with anything you feed your dog, moderation is key to accessing the benefits of apple slices. Of course, the core and seeds must be removed before feeding them to your pet. Your dog will need lots of water as well, to help the beneficial fiber get through their system. Talk to your vet about introducing this great nutritional snack into your puppy’s diet.