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The Most Powerful Health Benefits of Apples for Dogs

The Most Powerful Health Benefits of Apples for Dogs

Dr. Maria de Bettencourt Tavares
5 minute read

Curious about apple dog treats? Get the scoop on apples and how they can benefit your dog’s health

 

Who doesn’t love apples? Many of us grew up with them as a constant presence in our homes—stowed in the fridge’s fruit crisper, piled high in a countertop fruit bowl, and tucked into school lunch boxes.

Apples have long been considered a healthy food choice and can be included in the human diet in a variety of ways, from fresh whole apples to apple juice to apple sauces and purees. So it’s no wonder that apples are widely consumed throughout the world, with approximately 87 million tonnes of the fruit being produced in 2019.

The health benefits of apples have also been well established through extensive research that links apple consumption to a reduced risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes.

As it turns out, apples are also amazing for dogs. They are high in fiber and a rich source of phytochemicals which have strong antioxidant properties.

What’s more, apples are low in calories so they make for an excellent natural dog treat (or a dog training session reward) that is nutritionally dense and crunchy.

 

How to include apple in your dog’s diet

 

There are several tasty and tempting ways you can include apples in your dog’s diet, taking advantage of their high fiber content and potent antioxidant activity.

The simplest way is to serve them fresh or pureed (cold and with no added sugar).

You can prepare apples for your dog in the same way you would for yourself, washing them thoroughly and then slicing them into bite-sized pieces, taking care to remove the seeds and core. You can either feed the fresh chunks to your dog as they are or puree them for a delicious treat that supports digestive health.

Whenever possible, choose organic apples in order to avoid unnecessary additives, preservatives, and pesticides that can be harmful for your dog.

You can serve apples on their own as a refreshing snack or added into their meals. And always, as for any other ingredient, serve it in moderation. 

 

How apples are used as an ingredient in dog food

 

Apples are also sometimes used in commercial dog food and dog treats, however they usually come in a far different form than fresh or pureed.

The apples that make it to highly commercial pet food manufacturers are hardly even apples at all. They are usually the leftovers that remain after the apple processing industry has extracted the juice and flavor for processed foods and beverages intended for human consumption. What’s left is a by-product and a waste material known as pomace, which includes apple peels, stems, seeds, and pulps.

The one thing that apple pomace has going for it is that it’s rich in fiber. But otherwise, it’s pretty much nutritionally depleted. All the best parts of the apple and its vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant properties have already been extracted for the “highest value products” (i.e., human nutrition).

 

How LOONAWELL uses apples in its healthy baked apple dog treats

 

At LOONAWELL, we don’t use waste products or by-products in our healthy organic dog treats. Ever. The apples we use to make our baked apple dog snacks are organic, purchased fresh and intact, and used in their whole, natural form in our recipes. The same is true of every fruit and vegetable that goes into our apple dog snacks.

One of our core values is that every ingredient used in a LOONAWELL dog treat is there for a positive nutritional reason. We don’t include additives, fillers, preservatives, or junky material to create bulk.

Because we insist on nutrition as our guiding principle, all of our healthy organic dog treats are nutritionally rich and complex, containing the ten essential amino acids along with other essential minerals for your dog’s health.

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About LOONAWELL

 

LOONAWELL makes organic, dog treats for all breeds and ages. For puppies, adult, and senior dogs, we make natural dog treats with high-quality, human-grade ingredients and pack them in small portions for the ultimate in freshness and portability. They’re great to carry “on the go” for a training session with your dog, a walk, a ride in the car... anywhere you go.

They’re made with love in Switzerland and can be shipped anywhere in the world. We believe dogs deserve the best—treat yours to a nutritious and delicious superfood snack!

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