Can Dogs Eat Apples? Looking at what foods are toxic for dogs

16 MAY 2019

It’s always tempting to give your dog a bit of whatever you’re eating, but some human foods are actually toxic for dogs.

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Let’s take a look at the most popular searched treats and see if they’re safe for your dog.

Can dogs eat apples?

Apple slices make a delicious, healthy snack for your dog and can help keep your dog’s teeth clean and their breath fresh. However, the core of the apple and the apple seeds especially can be harmful to dogs. Apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide which is released when they’re broken or chewed. Just swallowing a few apple pips is unlikely to cause your dog any harm, but it’s best to remove them and avoid the risk.

Can dogs eat bananas?

Bananas are a great, healthy treat for your dog. Peeled bananas are best for your dog, as banana skins are full of fibre, and this can sometimes cause your dog to have an upset stomach if their bodies aren’t used to digesting it in large quantities.

Can dogs eat strawberries?

Fresh strawberries can make a great, safe addition to your dog’s range of treats. If you’re giving your dog strawberries you should wash them and take the stem out, just like you would for your family. If your dog is unsure about the texture of strawberries you can try freezing them to make a cooling, tasty treat.

Can dogs eat grapes?

Grapes are highly toxic for dogs, and so are dried grapes, more commonly known as raisins. Even one grape or raisin can be harmful to a dog and can cause a severe reaction or even be fatal. There’s a significant variation in sensitivity between dogs. Peeled grapes and seedless grapes are both harmful to dogs in any amount. If your dog eats a grape, or a raisin, you should contact your vet immediately.

Can dogs eat blueberries?

Blueberries are a good source of fibre and vitamin C for your dog and are low in sugar too. As blueberries are so small, your dog may be tempted to eat a lot of them quickly, so keep an eye out for any signs of choking, and make sure you have cleaned the blueberries thoroughly and checked for any signs of mould.

Can dogs eat cheese?

Most cheese is fine for dogs to eat, and plain cheese is a fantastic high-value treat to use when training your dog. However, blue cheese can be harmful for dogs due to the fungus used to create the blue mould. Cheese is very calorific, so it’s best to give it to your dog in small amounts every now and again. Keep blue cheese away from your dog, and if they do manage to eat some, particularly a large amount, then you should call your vet immediately.

Can dogs eat tomatoes?

Ripe, red, washed tomatoes with the stalk taken out are fine for your dog to eat. The green parts of a tomato including the leaves and stem, and any unripe parts contain toxins that are potentially harmful to your dog. If you’re giving your dog a sauce with tomatoes in, be careful it doesn’t have any other ingredients that are harmful to dog like onions, or garlic. The red, ripe, fleshy parts of a tomato are fine for your dog, either cooked or raw, but if your dog ingests any of the green parts of a tomato, contact your vet immediately.

Can dogs eat oranges?

The fleshy part of oranges is perfectly fine for dogs to eat, although they are high in sugar so should ideally only be given in small amounts every now and again. Dogs don’t always enjoy the citrus flavour, but you could try giving your dog one segment to see if they like it. If your dog gets a taste for oranges, you should still limit it to one or two segments a day.

Can dogs eat pineapple(s)?

Fresh, raw pineapple is fine for your dog to eat when cut into small bite-size chunks, or strips. Pineapple skin and the core of pineapple can be very tough and can pose a choking risk for your dog, so you should remove these before giving it to them.

Can dogs eat watermelon?

With its high water content, watermelon can be a safe, refreshing, hydrating treat for your dog. Not all parts of a watermelon are safe for dogs though, so you will need to remove the rind and the seeds. Watermelon seeds and watermelon rind won’t be digested properly by your dog so can cause blockages if eaten or swallowed.

Any of these foods that are safe for dogs are best fed as an occasional treat alongside a well-balanced dog diet. The best diet for dogs is always complete dog food appropriate for their age, lifestyle and health condition. If you are concerned about your dog’s diet or are unsure how much fruits & veg to feed them as a treat, always seek advice from your vet.

For more information about the kinds of foods your dog can and can’t eat, take a look at our advice on toxic food for dogs.

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