Can Dogs Eat Applesauce Safely?

A bowl of applesauce with apples on a wooden table.

Applesauce is a staple item that you probably grew up eating as a kid, but does that mean it’s safe for your dog to consume? Or does it have the same negative effects as chocolate? No pet owner wants to harm their dog in any way so it’s only normal to ask these questions. As with most human foods, applesauce can have many benefits for your furry friend. At the same time, however, it can also come with many negative consequences just like feeding your dog certain types of beans

In short, serving your dog applesauce could potentially do more good than harm. Being made from apples, applesauce tends to have several nutritional benefits. You can also give your dog apples as long as you remove the seeds and core. While there are many things to take into consideration, you must first be sure your dog likes applesauce in the first place.

How To Know Your Dog Likes Applesauce

Your dog is most definitely an outlier if he doesn’t like applesauce, but it can happen. If your dog does like applesauce, and he probably will, there are several signs to look for. They are as follows:

  • Barking
  • Whining
  • Pacing
  • Spinning with excitement
  • Begging for more

Other signs you may notice are drooling, lip licking, and tail wagging.

Signs Your Dog Doesn’t Like Applesauce

If your dog doesn’t like applesauce, you’ll be able to easily tell. He will have the opposite reaction to the signs above. Your dog may be hesitant to eat it or even walk away from it entirely. Your dog may not even view the applesauce as edible and play with it like it’s a toy. After you’ve discovered whether or not your dog likes applesauce, you can move on to how to properly serve it to him. Knowing how much applesauce to feed your dog is imperative. After all, too much could make him sick.

A wooden bowl of fresh applesauce with cinnamon on a rustic wooden table.

While applesauce has many health benefits for your dog, you should only give it as an occasional treat.

How Much Applesauce You Should Feed Your Dog

As with Cheerios, applesauce is best fed to your dog as an occasional treat only. Despite its benefits, applesauce should in no way be given to your dog every day. A good rule of thumb to remember is that applesauce should only constitute about 5% of your dog’s diet. Going over the 5% mark can lead you into the territory of giving your dog digestive issues. Keeping track of the dosage of applesauce you’re feeding your dog is the only way to ensure he is receiving all of the benefits that come with this treat. And there are more benefits than you may think.

The Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Applesauce

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and it looks like this can also be true for your dog. There are numerous benefits that come with feeding your dog applesauce. For starters, applesauce contains vitamin C. Vitamin C is so crucial for your dog that it needs an article of its own. It is essential for survival in not only dogs but humans as well. Vitamin C improves your dog’s immune function. It does this by enhancing white blood cell activity and function. 

Additionally, vitamin C works in the body as an antioxidant. It also raises blood levels of interferon and antibodies. Interferon is the body’s natural anticancer and antiviral compounds and antibodies are responsible for destroying bacteria, viruses, and toxins that don’t belong in the body. In addition to vitamin C, applesauce also contains vitamin A. Like vitamin C, vitamin A also boosts your dog’s immune system. It also gives your dog healthier fur and skin.

Applesauce can be fed to your dog if he has diarrhea or constipation. Due to its high fiber content, applesauce helps with digestion. The phosphorous and calcium content in applesauce makes it a great choice for improving the bone health of your dog. This can also include your dog’s teeth, nails, and heart. It also contains carbohydrates which provide your dog with fuel and energy. 

As you can tell, the benefits of feeding your dog applesauce and endless. As with everything mentioned above, feeding your dog applesauce can also:

  • Improve memory and heart function
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes
  • Promote weight loss
  • Keep cholesterol levels in check

Tips For Feeding Your Dog Applesauce

So you’ve decided to feed your dog applesauce. What are your next steps? When it comes to your dog, applesauce is best served as an occasional treat, not a full meal. As stated, applesauce should only constitute 5% of your dog’s diet. You should also look for organic and unsweetened applesauce. Most types of applesauce you find at your local grocery store come with added sugar and artificial preservatives.

A bowl of applesauce with apples on a wooden table.

Apples are a good addition to your dog’s diet as long as you remove their seeds.

Thinking About Real Apples? 

If you ever decide to feed your dog real apples, it’s important to remember to take the seeds and core out. Apple seeds are known to contain a chemical called cyanide. Cyanide is poisonous in high doses and can cause hypoxia i.e. a lack of oxygen to the body. Symptoms of this include:

  • Shock
  • Panting
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Red mucus membranes

Wrapping It All Up

When it comes down to it, there are many things you could choose to give your dog that is worse than applesauce. The chances of applesauce harming your dog are slim to none. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. When choosing to feed your dog applesauce, the most important thing you can do is make sure that it doesn’t contain added sugars and preservatives. These can pose potential health risks for your pooch.

You should also remember that you only need applesauce to be 5% of your dog’s overall diet. That’s the magic number to aim for if you want your dog to enjoy all of its great benefits. If feeding your dog applesauce is done the correct way, your dog will be able to reap all of the health benefits. Doing this makes both you, the pet owner, and your dog happy and healthy…and that’s what everyone wants.

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Sarah Brady

Sarah Brady is an animal lover and the proud dog-mom of a Golden Retriever named Brody and an Italian Greyhound named Jessup. Unfortunately, Jessup developed serious allergies to many different types of dog foods and ingredients when she was just a puppy. Meanwhile, Brody could eat seemingly anything and carry on as healthy as could be. Sarah spent hours of time researching and testing different foods and brands before finding something that worked for little Jessup. She wants Dog Food Care to simplify this experience for future dog-parents who face food allergy or tolerance issues of their own.