Many dog lovers and vets agree that the tooth-healthiest type of food is a species-appropriate diet, i.e. raw meat, for the dog gets to use his teeth to tear and gnaw at the sinewy source of protein the way nature intended – which keeps those teeth in great shape. “Canids in the wild never eat kibble and never get tartar,” Dr. Yasson points out.
An apple is also ok for dogs especially when it is seedless.
My vet believes that the stems of apples may also contain traces of cyanide, so I’m careful to remove the stem and seeds before giving my dog an apple. Seeds are not really that harmful because the seed coating has to be broken before the amygdalin is released, so if your dog eats the few seeds contained in an average size apple, there is nothing to worry about.
Multiple reports confirm that apples are safe for dogs!
I always slice the apple and give it to my dog piece by piece because it’s safer than tossing him a whole apple to eat. As to how many seeds would be safe for a dog to consume, consider that an adult would need to eat a whole cup of seeds to feel ill.
Apples, Strawberries & Blueberries: Health Snacks for Dogs
Whether or not apples are safe for dogs is a question that many dog owners find themselves asking, especially after their pet has snatched an apple slice from the kitchen counter or gulped down an applecore at a family picnic.While it’s unlikely your dog would chew up and eat enough seeds to become ill or die (for comparison, an adult would need to eat about a cup of seeds to suffer any ill effects), it’s still easier and safer to remove seeds and stems before serving the apple to your pet.Although moderate amounts of the flesh of the apple is perfectly safefor your dog to eat, you must use caution when giving this treat to your dog since the covering of the seeds contains minute amounts of amygdalin, a compound that contains cyanide. There’s some evidence that suggests the stems may also contain traces of cyanide, so it’s best to remove them, too. To be harmful, the seed coating has to be broken in order to release the amygdalin, so if your dog consumes a few seeds whole, he should be fine.For most dogs, the biggest problem they face from apples is an upset stomach or if they consume too many. Monitor your dog’s apple intake to ensure his good health, and keep him out of the kitchen as fruit salads or pies are being assembled so he isn’t tempted to upset the apple bowl and eat too many.