Yes, they can but with strings attached. Dogs can only drink apple juice provided that they are not store-bought and are given in small amounts. Let me explain why.
Apples can be eaten by dogs.
Apples generally are not bad for dogs. Taking into consideration that the apple seeds, the core, and the stem are removed, apples are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, as well as calcium and phosphorus. Apple seeds must be removed because they contain cyanide, a toxic substance, that can be harmful to dogs. The core and the stem can also pose a choking hazard to puppies.
Other benefits apples give include: maintaining a good digestive system as they contain high amounts of dietary fiber. If your dog has a sweet tooth, apples can be a delicious snack and an occasional treat for good behaviors. Although, a word of warning: a slice or two of apple is enough. Too many apples can cause diarrhea and upset stomach for dogs. Apples are also said to aid in cleaning dog’s teeth.
Why is apple juice a no-no?
Apple juice found in grocery stores contains a lot of additives that can be harmful to your dog. Most apple juices aren’t necessarily made out of apples. Most of them are made from artificial flavorings, loaded with preservatives, and a lot of sugar. This is done to increase the shelf life and enhance the flavor of the product. I recommend reading the label of the juice you are planning to give. If you find any added sugar you are not familiar with or Xylitol, do NOT give it to your dog. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is known to be toxic to dogs and may even cause death.
Too much sugar can cause:
- Weight gain
- Dental problems
Not only that, but too much apple juice is known for causing loose stools. A scenario I’m sure you wouldn’t appreciate cleaning after. More so, most of the essential nutrients are lost in the process of juicing. With that said, giving your dog the fruit – still in small amounts – is better than giving him apple juice.
If you’re concerned about constipation.
Apple juice is known to naturally improve bowel movement in dogs. This is to note however that they can only be used to treat mild constipation and do not substitute going to the vet. Severe constipation is a sign of a more serious disease. Call your vet as soon as you become aware of the problem.
If you still plan to use apple juice as a home remedy to treat mild constipation, here are some things you must remember.
- Wash, remove the core, stem, and seeds if you opt to juice organic apples.
- Choose a commercial apple juice with no sugar additives. Remember to read the label.
- Only give a small dose. Mix equal parts of water and apple juice.
Pedialyte can be administered as an alternative to apple juice. Exercise, pumpkins, and wet dog foods are also some of the ways the American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends to help your dog naturally relieve constipation.
If you’re concerned about dehydration.
Like humans, some dogs are not very keen on drinking their water. This is one of the reasons why apple juice has gained its popularity. Apple juice can help add flavor to your dog’s water and is an effective way of making him drink more. Although commercial apple juice can be dangerous because of the high amount of sugars, homemade apple juices from organic apples can be used instead. Adding a frozen cube of apple juice to your dog’s water can be a delicious way of cooling your dog in the summer.
Here are also some other ways to make your dog drink more water:
- Change his water bowl and water every day.
- Wash your dog’s bowls frequently.
- Get a pet fountain.
- Give your dog constant access to water in every place in your home.
- Mix water with his dry dog food.
- Increase physical activity. These automatic dog ball launchers are life-savers!
Make sure you get your pet checked by the veterinarian to rule out any health problems he may be experiencing. Urinary tract infections and nausea can be a cause of a decrease in thirst. Your vet can also give you other advice on how to make your dog drink more water.
Dogs can drink apple juice provided that is not store-bought ones and is given in small amounts. The high sugar content and preservatives present in commercial apple juice are dangerous to give to dogs. Although known for its effectiveness in constipation, it should not be used as a treatment for extreme cases nor any other health issues. Make it a habit to consult your veterinarian for any dietary changes you plan to make with your dog.
Ultimately the bottom line is that clean, filtered water is still the best option for your dog. If you can’t resist that puppy dog eyes they give, letting them lick the plate after slicing fresh apples are a great way to appease them.