Can Malamutes Eat Apples? Risks and Benefits

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” says an old adage. In many ways, this is true. After all, apples are a healthy, yummy fruit that works well as a snack.

We know they can eat mangoes, but can Malamutes eat apples? Is an apple as good for them as it is for humans? Does it have any risks? 

In this article, we’ll discuss if Malamutes can eat apples.

Can Malamutes eat apples?

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This shouldn’t be surprising, but Malamutes can eat apples. Like many other fruits, apples offer plenty of nutrients that are beneficial to your Malamute. Also, since they’re low-fat and low in protein, even senior Malamutes with weaker bites will have no problem chewing them.

Health benefits of apples to Malamutes

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Apples contain many nutrients and minerals, such as essential fatty acids (such as Omega-3 and 6), antioxidants, fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

All of these help with your Malamute’s immune system and gastrointestinal health. They might even strengthen your beloved Malamute against degenerative conditions such as joint disease.

More than that, munching on apples is good for your dog’s teeth. Although it must never be a substitute for regular brushing and dental checkups, apples can help your dog maintain a fresh breath by cleaning residue off the teeth.

Risks of giving Malamutes apples

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However, there are some risks that you have to consider when feeding your dogs this delicious sugary treat.

For one, apples contain large amounts of sugar and fiber. While these goodies are great in the right amounts, they can contribute to indigestion or diarrhea. Don’t feed your Malamutes too much apple at once, and always watch out for signs of indigestion.

Also, apple seeds can be dangerous in excessive amounts. Just like with humans, apple seeds can be metabolized by the liver into cyanide. Small quantities of apple cores and seeds should be okay, as it takes approximately 200 apples all at once to poison your poor pet. 

A more significant concern is choking hazards. Apple cores and seeds might get stuck in their throat because of improper chewing. This is especially true for young Malamute puppies or smaller-sized Malamutes.

Lastly, be mindful of allergic reactions. There are many types of allergic reactions. Although it’s very rare for Malamutes to display allergies towards apples specifically, it’s not impossible, so be sure to keep an eye on them while they eat.

What other fruits can Malamutes eat?

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Some fruity treats are good for Malamutes in small amounts. Dogs can eat apples, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, cucumbers, mangoes, and oranges. These fruits don’t cause reactions in dogs in the right amounts and even contain lots of beneficial vitamins and minerals.

However, there are some fruits that dogs must not eat. Fruits such as avocados, cherries, grapes, and tomatoes contain harmful substances that will immediately be toxic to dogs, including your Malamute.

To be sure, do your research first about the fruit that you want to give your Malamute.

Final thoughts

Apples can be a tasty and nutritious treat for your Malamutes. That said, be sure not to make it part of their regular diet and always watch out for potential risks.

In this article, we discovered that:

  • Apples contain lots of vitamins and minerals which are good for your Malamutes.
  • Apples are healthy for your dog’s teeth, immune system, and more.
  • Don’t overfeed and watch out for signs of diarrhea, indigestion, or allergic reactions.
  • Never feed your dog fruits like grapes, cherries, and avocados.

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