Can Shih Tzus Eat Apples?

We all love our Shih Tzus, and we all want to make sure they are safe and healthy. When it comes to feeding them, there are a lot of questions. Many people wonder if Shih Tzus can eat apples.

Unfortunately, very few owners have time to search the internet for every single food item they might give their Shih Tzu. There is so much information out there that it can be hard to find out what is true. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the hard part for you! In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about giving your Shih Tzu apples, so you can rest easy knowing that your Shih Tzu is safe and happy.

Are apples safe for your Shih Tzu?

YES! Apples are totally safe for your Shih Tzu. But when introducing new foods to your Shih Tzu it is important to go slow.

You don’t want to give your Shih Tzu too many apples at once, because they can have adverse reactions that you should know. For example, diarrhea and vomiting. Just give a small amount initially.

It’s also important to note that although it is highly unlikely, some Shih Tzus can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction to apples and other fruits. If you haven’t given your Shih Tzu apples before, start slow and watch for any abnormal signs or symptoms. If you do see any of these, stop feeding apples to your Shih Tzu and talk to your vet immediately.

Benefits of apple in Shih Tzu

Apples are a rich source of fiber, which can be helpful in aiding digestion, preventing constipation and maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

Apples are good for Shih Tzus who are overweight because they satisfy hunger with relatively few calories.

They also have a low protein and low fat content, making them a good snack for Shih Tzus on restrictive diets, especially senior Shih Tzus.

Apples contain multivitamins and minerals and antioxidants that help to keep your Shih Tzu healthy. The antioxidants in apples can help boost the immune system and prevent cells from being damaged by disease-causing free radicals.

The malic acid content in apples is great for keeping your Shih Tzu’s teeth clean and breath fresh. It helps remove stains from teeth while fighting bacteria that cause bad breath.

Do all Shih Tzus like apples?

Unfortunately, no, your Shih Tzu may not like apples. Despite all their cuteness and unconditional love, Shih Tzus have their own food preferences just like humans do, and apples may not be on your Shih Tzu’s “like” list.

Before you get too disappointed because your Shih Tzu doesn’t prefer apples or other fruits, keep in mind that most Shih Tzus seem to prefer meat-based foods. The good news is that many fruits are high in fiber, so they might help with healthy digestion in Shih Tzus. 

When introducing new foods to canines, it is important to do so slowly and under the guidance of a veterinarian. Always speak with your vet before introducing a new food or supplement—even a fruit—to make sure it is safe and won’t interfere with any other treatments your Shih Tzu may be receiving.

Can Shih Tzu puppies eat apples?

Yes, Shih Tzu puppies can eat apples. But wait for two months!

Puppies should be on a specialized puppy diet during the first two months. Start with just a small bite of an apple once or twice a week at first. Be careful, puppies have a delicate digestive system and should not be fed too many foods at once. Consult with the vet before introducing any new food to your puppy’s diet.

How many apples can Shih Tzus eat?

First things first: talk to your vet to get their advice on how much apple is safe for your Shih Tzu. You’ll want to consult with them about serving sizes based on your pup’s size, health, and diet.

But in general, it’s okay for most pups to have a slice of apple or two. It’s great as a treat now and then, but since apples have sugar and calories, you’ll want to limit the number of slices they eat so they don’t gain too much weight.

You’ll also want to be careful that a slice of apple doesn’t get caught in your Shih Tzu’s throat. Always supervise them while they’re eating and make sure they’re chewing properly.

Another thing to keep in mind is that apples should only ever be part of your Shih Tzu’s diet as a treat—never their whole meal! They need a completely balanced diet in order to stay healthy, happy, and strong—not just apples! And remember that treats should only make up 10% of their total diet.

How to serve apples to your Shih Tzu?

Apples are a great treat for your Shih Tzu, but it’s always best to check with your vet before trying something new.

You should only feed organic apples to your Shih Tzu. The pesticides sprayed on apples can be dangerous if ingested.

Also, you should always clean the apple thoroughly before giving it to your Shih Tzu.

If you have a picky Shih Tzu, start small. Try adding a little shredded apple and see the response of your Shih Tzu.

You can also freeze and serve them to your Shih Tzu as a refreshing summer snack.

It is best to cut the apple into smaller pieces and remove the core and seeds before serving it. Apple seeds contain cyanide which is poisonous to both humans and Shih Tzus. Also, the core of an apple is not very digestible for Shih Tzus, so make sure you throw that away too.

If you want to get creative, apples can be mixed in with your Shih Tzu’s food for a sweet treat or even made into homemade applesauce or smoothies.

Can my Shih Tzu have apples every day?

We know your Shih Tzu is just the cutest, and it’s so hard to resist giving them everything they want. Especially when what they want is a nice, juicy apple.

Can you feed your Shih Tzu apples every day? Well, as any pet owner knows, there are a lot of different opinions out there. But here’s ours:

The short answer is that yes, you can feed your Shih Tzu the recommended amount of apples every day if they like it and it doesn’t cause them any problems. Of course, we recommend you vary the treats because your pup can get bored with eating the same thing every day (and so can you!).

Also, different treats contain different nutritional value and you want your Shih Tzu to get everything that is needed for his healthy life.

Apples are full of vitamins and fiber, which means they’re great for keeping your Shih Tzu’s digestive system healthy. And some Shih Tzus really love the taste! However, some Shih Tzus have an adverse reaction to apples (just like people). If yours seems to be having trouble digesting them or reacts poorly, we recommend taking them to a vet for a check-up.

When is an apple bad for a Shih Tzu?

It’s important to remember that apples are a healthy and delicious human snack, but they’re not as great for Shih Tzus. They can get sick from eating too much.

There are some situations in which apple may not be safe for your Shih Tzu:

– If your Shih Tzu has any underlying health issues like allergies or diabetes, the vet will give you specific instructions about what types of food your Shih Tzu should eat—and you should follow those instructions.

– If your Shih Tzu is on a weight-loss journey, eating too many calories from apples can derail their progress. Just like with people, losing weight is all about sticking to a calorie deficit.

– If you feed too much of any treat to your Shih Tzu, they could get sick. Always stick to the recommended serving size from your vet or from the manufacturer on the product label.

But if none of these conditions apply to your pup, then you can enjoy some delicious apple slices together.

What happens when your Shih Tzu eats too much of an apple?

1. Shih Tzus will experience a general feeling of lethargy and malaise after consuming a large quantity of apples.

2. The Shih Tzu will probably develop a distended stomach, which may cause the Shih Tzu to be unable to walk normally.

3. If the Shih Tzu ate the apple seeds, he/she may develop digestive or intestinal issues because of the poisonous toxicity levels of the seeds.

4. If the Shih Tzu experiences an allergic reaction to the apples, he/she may cough and wheeze, sneeze violently, or even break out in hives.

5. If your Shih Tzu ate too many apples, it is best to contact a veterinarian immediately so they can monitor your animal’s condition and help them through their recovery process.

What to do if your Shih Tzu eats too many apples?

If your Shih Tzu eats too many apples, don’t panic. The worst thing you can do is to get upset and start shouting at your canine friend.

The first thing you should do is to remove any remains of the apple away from your Shih Tzu. Next, immediately phone the vet, who will advise what to do next. However, it is unlikely that your Shih Tzu will need treatment as it would have to eat a very large amount of apples for it to be toxic. Also, ensure there are no seeds in the apple as they may contain cyanide, which is harmful.

  monitor your pet carefully and look out for any signs of lethargy, depression or vomiting. If any of these occur, then immediately contact your vet as they may need medical attention and treatment. Finally, don’t forget to monitor how much fruit your Shih Tzu eats in the future – especially if they are particularly greedy.

Can Shih Tzus eat apple skin?

Yes, your Shih Tzu can eat an apple with skin. The skin provides additional benefits for your Shih Tzu as it contains high fiber, which is beneficial for a Shih Tzu with an upset stomach. It also contains antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, and the skin contains most of the nutrients in apples.

However, if your Shih Tzu has a sensitive stomach, you should peel the skin to cut down the amount of fiber as it may cause indigestion.

You should always wash apples thoroughly to remove any pesticides and toxins.

Can Shih Tzus eat applesauce?

The short answer: Yes. Shih Tzus can enjoy plain applesauce, but avoid any applesauce that contains added sugar or sweeteners. Applesauce is a healthy treat for Shih Tzus, as long as it doesn’t contain any other ingredients that are unsafe or toxic. 

To be safe, always consult your veterinarian before giving your Shih Tzu a new food, including applesauce.

Other human foods Shih Tzus can eat

What other human foods can Shih Tzus eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Shih Tzus can eat.

So, can Shih Tzus eat apples? 

Yes! Shih Tzus can eat apples in moderation. Apples are rich in fiber, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants, making them an excellent treat for your Shih Tzu. However, you should always remove the seeds and core before giving it to your Shih Tzu. Seeds from apples contain amygdalin, a chemical that turns into cyanide once it hits the stomach. While eating one or two apple seeds won’t kill your Shih Tzu, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Additionally, the core of the apple is extremely difficult for your Shih Tzu’s digestive system to process. In extreme cases, eating too many apples can cause intestinal blockage. Always make sure you remove the core, and be thoughtful about how many apples your Shih Tzu eats at once.

The best way to feed an apple to your Shih Tzu is to cut it up into small pieces while removing the seeds and core. You can also add some peanut butter to make it more palatable to your pup.

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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.