Are apples safe for dogs? There are many reports about dogs being poisoned by eating apple juice or apples. Is it really dangerous for a dog to eat an apple?
In general, apples and apple juice do not cause any problems for dogs, if they are not fed too many of them. Many people also assume that the "dog poison" apple is one that contains cyanide, a naturally-occurring substance in some apples, and they would warn dogs against eating that one. However, there is no cyanide in apples.
Dogs' stomach acid will not break the cellulose in the apple pulp down to a toxic level, and they will only eat a small portion of an apple without a problem. Many dogs also do not eat anything that they have already chewed on, so it is extremely unlikely that a dog could have eaten and swallowed an apple whole. Any apple juice in apples or apple products is also safe for dogs because dogs' stomach acid will not break down or digest the apple juice.
What if the apple has a worm or insect in it?
The cellulose in an apple is thick and tightly packed. So the apple pulp is strong and hard to break down.
Most dog owners do not allow their dogs to eat apples because apples are a favorite treat, and most dogs will not even think about chewing an apple. Most dogs will eat only a small portion, so an apple worm or insect in the apple could be too big for them to eat.
Some apple products are actually made with apple pulp or pure apple juice. They are safe for dogs to eat. For example, some dog treats are made with pure apple juice or apple pulp, so it is safe for your dog to eat those treats.
Can dogs safely eat apples?
Dogs' stomach acid will not break the cellulose in an apple down to a toxic level, and they will only eat a small portion of an apple without a problem.
Apple products are safe for dogs to eat. For example, some apple products are made with pure apple juice or apple pulp. So it is safe for your dog to eat those products.
What about human apples?
As previously mentioned, apples are safe for dogs to eat.
As an apple is typically cut open, the pulp inside may be broken down into tiny pieces by the acid in dogs' stomachs, but that is a very small amount, so you should not worry about human apples.
The seeds and peels of apples are safe for dogs to eat. The seeds are typically not much bigger than a seed of a small grain and the apple peels contain many fibers, so your dog will not have any problems with the apple peels.
Can dogs eat onions?
Onions are safe for dogs to eat, but they are a common cause of an upset stomach in dogs because onions contain a natural toxin called hydrogen cyanide. Onion toxicity can cause severe stomach upset in dogs, so always be cautious when using onions in your dog's food.
Can dogs eat bananas?
Bananas are safe for dogs to eat. Bananas contain a natural toxin called D-mannose. Bananas are a low-calorie food that is generally high in vitamin B6 and potassium, so bananas are a healthy food for dogs.
Can dogs eat grapes?
Dogs can safely eat grapes, although they may get a little sticky and heavy in the stomach. Grape seeds contain a large amount of tannins, which can cause problems in dogs, so when feeding grapes, it is important to wash the seeds, otherwise you can cause an upset stomach in your dog.
Can dogs eat raisins?
Raisins can be a good treat for your dog. Raisins are high in fiber, are very low in calories, and also contain a lot of vitamins and minerals.
Can dogs eat corn?
Corn is safe for dogs, but be aware that corn causes some dogs to have diarrhea after eating. This may be due to corn's high starch content and low protein.
Can dogs eat white potatoes?
Potatoes can be a good source of vitamins and minerals, but be aware that if you cook potatoes, they can produce a gas that may be quite irritating to the stomach of your dog.
Can dogs eat carrots?
Many dogs do not like carrots, but you can buy "no-carrot" pet food and feed these to your dog. Be aware that some carrots contain a poisonous substance called solanine, and not all carrots contain this.
How to cook safe dog food for dogs
The following are safe ways to prepare dog food, provided you check on your dog occasionally.
1. Cut fruits and vegetables into small pieces, so you can use smaller amounts for dogs. Cut up all carrots and potatoes, but you should remove any skin.
2. Steam or boil vegetables until soft.
3. Make sure the meat and fish you feed to your dog is fresh, and no more than two or three days old. If meat is frozen, let it thaw in the refrigerator and cook after thawing.
4. Check the nutrition label on the pet food package. The label should indicate whether the food is natural, complete, or has added supplements.
5. Be aware that some foods are more toxic for your dog than others. Check on your dog's reaction before you feed the food to him. Do not feed raw meat or liver to your dog.
6. Check the expiration date on the product to make sure that it is still safe to feed to your dog.
7. Be sure that your dog is getting enough to eat. A healthy dog needs two to three cups of dry food a day.
8. Avoid "low-carb" or "high-carb" diets, which are not based on the dog's nutritional needs. A diet containing a lot of carbohydrate is necessary to avoid pancreatitis.
### What type of water is safe for dogs?
The easiest way to be sure you are giving your dog the safest water is to buy filtered water and use it to make your dog's water. Be sure to buy water filters that remove at least 95 percent of the impurities in the water.
# Chapter 19: The Most Important First Aid Techniques
How much training on First Aid do you think you should receive?
How well do you think your family is going to react if you are injured and not immediately attended to? What will you do if your dog should get hurt?
You should be at least aware of the most basic first aid for any kind of wound. However, there are a couple of simple points that should be included when looking at First Aid procedures. First, you should know the difference between the emergency first aid needed in your home versus the kind of first aid needed in the hospital.
Second, you should make sure that your children have been trained in basic first aid. We have heard of many situations where people have been in a situation where the help they needed could have been on hand right then, but someone had no idea how to help.
_This dog suffered an ear infection and his owner thought the dog had been shot. (Photo by Dr. Bob)_
The First Aid for Home Use is pretty straight-forward. All of the procedures are the same as in the First Aid for Home Use, except that you are not going to be able to get in a car and take your pet to a hospital if it becomes injured.