Can Great Danes Eat Apples?

When it comes to feeding your Great Dane, it’s difficult to know what foods are okay for them and which foods are harmful. One popular fruit is apples, which make a tasty treat for both you and your pup. But if you’re like most people, you’ve probably wondered whether apples are actually safe for Great Danes to eat.

The good news is that in moderation apples are perfectly safe for Great Danes to eat. However, just like with any other food item, there are some things you should keep in mind before sharing this delicious treat with your four-legged friend. In this article we’ll discuss how apples can be part of a healthy diet for your Great Dane, as well as the nutritional benefits they offer. We’ll also go over some safety precautions you should take when giving your Great Dane an apple and how to prepare them safely at home.

Are apples safe for your Great Dane?

It is safe for Great Danes to eat apples, but you should introduce them slowly. It is best not to feed your Great Dane too many apples at once. Give a small amount when introducing the apple to your Great Dane.

One thing to watch out for is the core of the apple. The seeds and the core contain amygdalin which converts into hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in your Great Dane’s digestive system. HCN is poisonous and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperventilation, respiratory problems and even death. Apples are also high in sugar, which can cause stomach upset or diarrhea in Great Danes if eaten in large quantities.

It’s highly unlikely but some Great Danes can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction to apples. If your Great Dane has never had them, start slow and watch for any abnormal signs such as excessive scratching, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. If you observe any abnormal symptoms stop feeding apples to your Great Dane and talk to your vet immediately.

Benefits of apple in Great Dane

Low calorie: Apple is great for your Great Dane who needs to lose weight. Apples are a low calorie fruit, which makes it good for your Great Dane. It’s a great food to feed them if they are on a restrictive diet.

Low protein: Apple is low in protein and Great Danes need protein to maintain their energy level.

Low in fat and: Apple is low in fat and carbohydrate, so you don’t have to worry about your Great Dane gaining weight when eating apples.

High fiber: Good for a Great Dane on restrictive diet -especially helpful for senior Great Dane

Multivitamins: Apple contains multivitamins, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins which makes it nutritious for your Great Dane.

Minerals: Minerals like calcium and magnesium can help strengthen bones and teeth, which can help prevent gum disease and cavities from forming.

Antioxidants: Antioxidants help fight the effects of aging by reducing inflammation and helping to repair damaged cells.

Contain malic acid: Keeps your Great Dane’s teeth clean and breath fresh

Do all Great Danes like apples?

Great Danes are individuals with their own food preferences, just like humans. Some Great Danes will turn their noses up at veggies, while others love them. Unfortunately, some Great Danes don’t like apples, and if yours is one of them… Well, that’s okay! There are plenty of other fruits and veggies your Great Dane might like better.

Remember to always speak with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods to your Great Dane’s diet—they can help you find the best food for your Great Dane’s needs.

Can Great Dane puppies eat apples?

We don’t recommend feeding apples to Great Dane puppies unless your vet approves it for certain reasons.

Puppies have very delicate digestive systems, and should be kept on a specialized puppy diet during their first two months, at least. As they grow and become more accustomed to eating food, you can introduce different foods into their diet gradually, but it’s best to consult with your veterinarian before doing so.

When feeding apples to your puppy, make sure that you remove all seeds, the core, and the stem. You should also cut them into small slices or shreds—never give your puppy whole pieces of fruit or vegetable.

How many apples can Great Danes eat?

Consult with your vet first for best serving size.

As a rule of thumb, though: one slice of apple for small Great Danes, two-thirds of a slice for large Great Danes.

Of course, always follow the rule that treats should not be more than 10% of your Great Dane’s total diet. Your Great Dane needs a completely balanced diet!

How to serve apples to your Great Dane?

If you want to give your Great Dane a healthy treat, consider giving him apples. After consulting with your vet to make sure apples are okay for your pooch, there are many ways to feed this fruit to your Great Dane. Here are a few easy options:

1. Feed organic only. Apples are on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of produce that is most contaminated by pesticides. If you don’t buy organic apples, wash them thoroughly before feeding them to your Great Dane.

2. Clean it properly. Wash and core the apple, removing the seeds and stems before feeding them to your Great Dane.

3. Start small for a picky Great Dane. If you aren’t sure how your pup will react to apples, try adding a little shredded apple and see his response before going all-in on this new snack.

4. Freeze it for summer snacks. Freeze slices of apple and serve them to your pup as a refreshing summer snack.

5. Mix in with food for a sweet treat Sometimes mixing in chopped apples can entice picky eaters into eating their meals, so give this a try if you have a pup who doesn’t always finish her food! Some Great Danes may also enjoy sliced apples mixed in with peanut butter or cottage cheese.

Can my Great Dane have apples every day?

Apples are great for Great Danes. There’s no rule about how often you can feed your Great Dane an apple, but we don’t recommend feeding your Great Dane only apples. 

There are so many healthy fruits and veggies that your Great Dane can eat! Feeding your Great Dane the same treat every day can get boring for you and your pup.

Great Danes also benefit from getting different nutrients and vitamins. So while it’s totally fine to feed your Great Dane an apple every day, we recommend giving him a little variety in his diet. Some of our favorite healthy fruit snacks are berries, bananas, mangoes, and watermelon.

When is an apple bad for a Great Dane?

Apples are rich in vitamins and minerals, but they can be toxic when eaten in large quantities. If you’re thinking of adding apples to your Great Dane’s diet, talk to your vet first.

Because apples have high sugar content, they are not recommended for Great Danes with diabetes. You should also avoid giving apples to overweight Great Danes on a calorie-restricted diet because of its sugar content.

If your Great Dane has underlying health issues like allergies or gastrointestinal disorders, it’s always best to consult your vet before changing its diet.

In general, it is safe for Great Danes to eat apples if they are served in moderation. Always stick to the recommended serving size from your vet and make sure that the apple is sliced into small pieces that won’t be a choking hazard. You should also remove the core and seeds as these contain cyanide which is poisonous for Great Danes.

What happens when your Great Dane eats too much of an apple?

1. Excessive urination: If your Great Dane has eaten too many apples or apple products, they may urinate excessively. This is because eating too many apples can raise their blood sugar and lead to diabetes, which is characterized by excessive urination.

2. Excessive thirst: Again, if your Great Dane has diabetes because of eating too many apples, they will want to drink tons of water to compensate for the water loss from excessive urination.

3. Abdominal distress: Gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea and vomiting

4. Inability to walk: If your Great Dane’s blood pressure gets too high from eating too many apples, this can cause shock, which impairs the ability to walk.

5. Loss of appetite: If your Great Dane is in shock from eating too many apples, it can cause them to feel sick and lose their appetite.

6. Fainting: When a Great Dane faints or feels faint, it’s because either their heart isn’t pumping enough blood due to low blood pressure or they have lost a lot of blood volume and don’t have enough oxygen flowing through their body.

What to do if your Great Dane eats too much apple?

It’s not uncommon for Great Danes to eat apples. They have a sweet taste with an interesting texture that makes them perfect treats for your furry friend. However, it would be a problem if your Great Dane eats too many apples. You need to know what to do if you find your Great Dane eating too many apples.

Get any remains of apple away from your Great Dane

If your Great Dane has eaten no apple before, remove any remaining apples on the floor or somewhere else in the house. If you don’t know how many apples he has eaten, then it’s better to keep him away from any remaining apples. However, if you know exactly how much he has eaten, then it’s okay to leave him alone and let him finish all the remaining apples.

Monitor if your Great Dane showing any abnormal sign, Contact your vet if any

You need to monitor if there are any symptoms of food poisoning like vomiting or diarrhea on him. If there is no symptom at all and he seems fine, then you should be okay until he poops out all the apple waste later that day. But if there is any sign of food poisoning, then you should take him to see a vet immediately.

Can Great Danes eat apple skin?

Apple skins provide additional benefits for your Great Dane. They contain high fiber, which is great for digestion, and antioxidants, which may help prevent cancer and other diseases.

However, if your Great Dane has a sensitive stomach, it might be better to peel the skin to cut down on the fiber as it can cause indigestion.

Also, always wash apples thoroughly before feeding them to your Great Dane to remove pesticides and other toxins from the apple skin.

Can Great Danes eat applesauce?

Applesauce, in its plain and simple form, is okay for Great Danes to eat. It can be a tasty treat, but it’s important to make sure that it doesn’t contain any added sugar or ingredients that are toxic to Great Danes.

Other human foods Great Danes can eat

What other human foods can Great Danes eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Great Dane can eat.

So, can Great Danes eat apples? 

Yes, Great Danes can eat apples in moderation. Apples are rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients like antioxidants, which can help boost your Great Dane’s immune system and keep them healthy. Apples also contain a lot of fiber, which is great for a Great Dane’s digestive system—making it an excellent treat for your Great Dane. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when feeding apples to your pooch.

First thing’s first: be sure to remove the apple’s seeds and core before giving them to your pup. Apple seeds contain a chemical called amygdalin that releases cyanide when it comes into contact with stomach acids. Cyanide is toxic to both humans and Great Danes, so you want to make sure there isn’t any risk of that happening.

Also, be sure not to feed them too many apples—this goes for pretty much any new food you give your Great Dane. Great Danes can get sick from eating something new if they aren’t used to it, just like people can. So start by giving them a few apple slices at a time until you know how their stomach will react to the fruit. And if they show any signs of sickness after eating apple slices or other new foods, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.

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Dr Harunur Rashid (Harun) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has five years of experience in large pet animal medicine. He worked as a livestock officer for two years in an NGO, and since then he has been practicing pet animals medicine privately. He holds an MS in Pharmacology from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a DVM from the same institution.