Can My Cockapoo Eat Apples?

Can Cockapoos eat apples? Well, yes, they can, but there are a few provisos that you should be aware of, but we’ll cover them in this article.

Nutrient-dense apples can benefit your dog’s health, but you should avoid feeding your Cockapoo specific parts, such as the seeds and cores.  In addition, the same as everything else you feed your dog, moderation is key with this fruit because you don’t want to give your dog an upset tummy. 

Most people see dogs as carnivores, but they are omnivores, so a few fruit and veg in their diet will definitely give them a nutritional boost.

Why Are Apples Good For Cockapoos?

Apples include a significant amount of dietary fiber, which is beneficial for a healthy digestive system. About 4 grams of fiber, soluble and insoluble, can be found in a medium-sized apple. Insoluble fiber prevents constipation, while soluble fiber aids water absorption and slows sugar absorption into the bloodstream.

In addition, there’s a good level of Vitamin C  in apples, which can benefit your dog’s immune system and keep them healthy.

Your dog can also benefit from eating apples because the fruit will keep their teeth and breath fresh and clean, thanks to the malic acid found in apples. There is sugar (sucrose) in apples (approx. 2grams per 100 grams of apple), but don’t worry too much about it because the water content in the apple helps your pup’s stomach absorb the sugar. 

Apples are a particularly healthy snack for senior dogs because of their low calorie, low protein, and low-fat content (approximately 50 calories in one small apple).

Other minerals in apples include potassium, calcium, and vitamins A and K. 

Can Dogs Eat Apples With Skin?

If you feed your dog apples with the skin on, that too can be of benefit because the apple skin acts like a toothbrush for your dog’s teeth.

Why Are Apples Bad For Cockapoos?

When you’re treating your Cockapoo to a few pieces of apple, make sure you avoid the apple core and the seeds.

Poisonous cyanide is present in trace concentrations in the seeds. However, it’s not as though you’re going to poison your dog with a few pieces of apple every day; you’ll need a lot more than a few seeds to make your dog ill. 

But there’s simply no reason to feed those parts of the apple to your dog when you know it might endanger their health. 

Removing the stems is also a sensible precaution because they will not do the dog any good.

As we all know, apples have a  hard, fibrous core that’s difficult for dogs to chew, and it might pose a choking hazard. 

As previously mentioned, apples do contain sucrose and while a few slices each day isn’t going to be harmful if your dog is diabetic or overweight, have a word with your vet before giving apples to your dog.

Before feeding your dog any apple, wash the apple first, especially if you leave the skin on the apple because there might be herbicides or pesticides on the skin. If you’re going to feed your dog an apple for the first time, provide a small amount and keep your eyes open for any allergic reaction. It’s doubtful there will be from apple, but just in case.

How Much Apple Can I Give My Dog?

Cockapoos are not tiny dogs, so you can safely offer your dog one or two slices of apple each day. I wouldn’t recommend giving more than that, though.

It’s safe enough to give tiny amounts to a puppy, in case you’re wondering. Cut a small apple cube that’s probably best without the skin, and watch for any allergic reactions or tummy aches.

Don’t substitute apple for your Cockapoo’s regular diet, but remember what you feed as treats should come off the total amount of your dog’s daily food allowance.  

What Fruit Is Bad For Dogs?

While there are numerous reasons why feeding your dog apples is a good idea, there are some fruits you need to steer clear of, such as:

Grapes and Raisins

There’s no definitive evidence why grapes and raisins are bad for dogs; they just are. Even a small amount is capable of inducing kidney damage and failure. Smaller dogs will have a much tougher time than bigger dogs, but either way, don’t feed them to your dog.

Mushrooms

The mushrooms you buy from the supermarket for your cooking are fine, but when you’re out walking, especially in the woods, keep your dog away from wild mushrooms. Some will make your dog feel ill, but others can kill.

Nuts

Many people offer their dogs nuts, and typically dogs love the crunchy texture of a nut. But some nuts are very bad for dogs, especially brazil, walnuts, macadamia, and pistachios.

Onions and Garlic

Raw, cooked, or dried onions are bad for your dog. They can destroy the dog’s red blood cells. Garlic is not as bad in small quantities, but it’s still best to keep them out of the dog’s reach.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb is another common fruit that can harm a dog’s neurological system, kidneys, and digestive tract if eaten. 

Key Takeaways

  • Apples are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals for dogs to eat in moderation.
  • If your dog has a medical problem, it’s always advisable to check with your veterinarian first.
  • Keep a close eye on your Cockapoo when you introduce a new food
  • Remove the core and seeds.