Apples are one the super foods for dogs. They are source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, calcium, antioxidants and dietary fibre such as pectin. Apples are low fat, low calories, prevent build-up of tartar and freshen the breath.
Use raw apples as a healthy dog treat if you feed a commercial food or add them to raw or homemade dog meal. If you want to get a little fancier, you can try this tasty apple recipe:
Dogsome Apple Cookies
1 large apple
½ cup of water or Doggy’s Cuppa herbal tea for dogs
1 cup oat meal
½ cup of peanut butter (read the label and make sure that it doesn’t contain xylitol)
Preheat the oven to 190 – 200 degrees or gas mark 4-5. Chop apples into small chunks (remove the core and seeds). Mix oatmeal, water and egg. Add the peanut butter and the apple chucks. Make a dough. Cut the dough with cookie cutter. Bake dog cookies for 30 minutes or until ready. Let them cool. Serve to your furry family member. These cookies can be stored at room temperature in air tight container for 2-3 days or in fridge for longer.
Apples should be introduced to your dog diet gradually by giving small portions at first. All seeds should be removed as they contain cyanide, however few apple seeds won’t harm your four-legged family member. Apple core may cause a choking hazard and should be taken away too.
Apples should be taken into consideration if your dog suffers from cancer or diabetes as they contain naturally occurring sugars.