What Happens If My Dog Eats An Apple Core?

If your dog eats an apple core, they may be at risk for choking or a blockage in their digestive system. The seeds of the apple can also be toxic to dogs and cause them to experience vomiting and diarrhea. However, it would take a lot of seeds to actually cause any serious harm.

If you notice that your dog has eaten an apple core, it is important to watch them closely for any signs of distress and contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

How Many Apple Seeds Can Hurt a Dog?

As a pet owner, it’s important to be aware of the dangers that everyday objects can pose to your furry friend. Though you may not think twice about letting them snack on an apple, did you know that the seeds inside can be harmful to dogs? Apple seeds contain a chemical called amygdalin, which breaks down into cyanide when digested.

Cyanide is poisonous to both humans and animals, and can cause serious health problems including respiratory failure, heart arrhythmias, and seizures. So how many apple seeds does it take to harm a dog? It depends on the size of the dog.

A medium sized dog would need to eat 85 grams of apple seeds and completely chew them up to get a toxic dose (source: ASPCA). One apple contains 0.4 grams of apple seeds. So, technically, your dogs need to consumes over a few hundreds apples to get toxic dose!

Symptoms of Dog Eating Apple Seeds

Though, the toxic dose of poison from apple seeds are very high, it can cause a range of side effects including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy at very small dose. If your dog has eaten apple seeds, it is important to seek veterinary attention immediately as they can be life-threatening.

What Should I Do If My Dog Ate an Apple Core?

If your dog ate an apple core, you probably don’t have to worry. But it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them for the next few days and watch for symptoms like choking, abdominal pain, or vomiting.

If you notice any of these symptoms, get your dog to the vet right away.

Can an Apple Core Kill a Dog?

The short answer is: no, an apple core can’t kill your dog. But it can cause some serious issues if you have a small dog

You see, dogs are more likely to choke on the core of an apple than they are to get a toxic dose of cyanide. The average apple contains about 0.4 grams of cyanide, which is not enough enough to make a dog dead. Your dog needs to eat over a few hundreds apples at once to die from cyanide poisoning in seeds.

How to Prevent Your Dog From Eating Apple Core?

You love to see your dog chowing down on an apple core. It means he’s a happy, healthy pup—and he loves the taste, too. But if you’re a parent or pet owner who’s worried about what might happen if your dog eats an apple core, we understand.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent it from happening in the first place. If you give your dog an apple every day (or every other day), here are some tips for making sure he doesn’t eat the core:

Don’t give him more than one apple at a time. The best way to prevent your pup from eating his apple core is to only give him one at a time. So instead of giving him one piece of fruit each day, space it out over two days.

Try to make sure that the apples are small enough so they won’t choke him if they get stuck in his throat or mouth while eating them whole—but not so small that they will be easy for him to swallow whole.

Also, educate your family members about dangers of apple cores in dogs.

Conclusion

If your dog eats an apple core, they may experience digestive issues like vomiting or diarrhea. The seeds of the apple can also be poisonous to dogs and can cause them to have trouble breathing. If you think your dog has eaten an apple core, it’s best to take them to the vet right away.

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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.