German Shepherds are loved for their bushy tails, huge ears, and dark eyes, as well as their loyal, protective, and intelligent nature. So, if you’re the proud parent of a German Shepherd, how do you keep them looking and feeling their best? Of course, plenty of exercise and a regular grooming regime should help. But, what about nutrition? You might be tempted to add some nutritious human foods into their diet, like fruit and vegetables. So, what about apples? Can German Shepherds eat apples?
Apples are full of fiber, which will keep your German Shepherd’s guts healthy while making sure they poop regularly. German Shepherds are prone to a painful condition called anal furunculosis, a deep tissue infection affecting the anus and anal glands. Fiber will create a bulkier stool, reducing the risk of anal gland infections. The fiber might also help keep them feeling full, so they’re less likely to indulge in other treats that might lead to obesity. In addition, apples contain vitamins A, C, and K, which are essential for your dog’s immune system, tissue health, and blood clotting ability. Apples also contain calcium, which will help keep their bones and teeth healthy.
Speaking of teeth, apples have a firm and crunchy texture, making them great for removing plaque from their teeth. The friction caused by chewing the apple will disrupt the film of bacteria on their teeth, which will help to prevent dental disease. However, even if you feed your dog apples or other crunchy chews, they’ll still need to have their teeth brushed regularly.
It’s not just what apples contain that’s important; it’s also what they don’t contain! Apples are low in fat, making them a good option if you are trying to watch your German Shepherd’s weight. There are plenty of reasons why your German Shepherd might be on a diet – perhaps their joints are sore, or their mobility isn’t good. Either way, apples are a better choice than many fatty or calorific treats.
There are a few risks associated with feeding any dog apples, including German Shepherds. Firstly, the apple core can commonly get lodged in the gut, causing a blockage. Dogs with a gut blockage often need major surgery to remove the obstruction, so it’s best to avoid giving the apple core. Another reason to avoid giving your dog the core of the apple is that the seeds contain small amounts of cyanide. It’s unlikely that the amount of cyanide would be enough to cause any serious harm to your favorite furry friend. Still, it’s best not to take the risk anyway.
Because of the firm texture of an apple, large pieces can also get lodged in the throat or esophagus (food pipe), leading to signs of choking. Therefore, even though German Shepherds are big dogs, they should only have small pieces of apple.
Finally, it’s best to avoid giving too many pieces of apple to your dog. This is for two reasons. Firstly, apples are relatively high in sugar and could lead to health problems like diabetes if consumed in excess. Also, if you fill your dog up with apples, or any other treat or tidbit, they’re less likely to eat their dog food. Dog food contains the correct amount of nutrients to keep your German Shepherd healthy, so it should be the main part of their diet.
You shouldn’t feed your German Shepherd a whole apple. Apple seeds contain cyanide, so large numbers should be avoided. The core is also hard to digest, so it could get stuck in the throat, esophagus, stomach, or gut. This isn’t just a risk with the core; larger apple pieces could also cause choking or a blockage. Even aside from these dangers, it’s still not good to feed your dog such a large amount of apple. Ninety percent of their diet should be their kibble or wet dog food, and only ten percent should be treats or little extras. This is to ensure they get the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
It’s a great idea to feed your German Shepherd apple as a treat. After all, many treats are high in calories and fat, and apples are relatively healthy compared to these! However, treats shouldn’t account for more than ten percent of your dog’s diet, so you shouldn’t give them too often. Two or three slices of apple cut into small pieces should be more than enough for one serving, and you should try not to give it more than a couple of times a week.
It’s natural to want to give your German Shepherd healthy and nutritious treats. And treats don’t come much more natural and beneficial than apples, as long as you remove the seeds and core. However, they should still only be given as a treat so that your canine companion has plenty of stomach space left to eat their nutrient-rich dog food.
Even though apples are a healthy snack, you shouldn’t give too many or too frequently. Your dog needs their main dog food to provide everything they need to stay healthy, so you don’t want to fill them up on apples! Stick to two or three slices of apple at a time, and make sure the seeds and core are removed. You should leave the skin on, though, as this contains extra fiber, which will help keep your German Shepherd’s intestines working well.