Yes, but in moderation. Apples are low-calorie and healthy treats for dogs. They are rich in vitamin A and C, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. However, dried apples can be slightly more powerful than they appear.
Dried apples can have higher sugar levels, so you need to be careful. Some brands may contain added salt or sugar, which is something you should avoid. Fresh apples are a more nutritional option.
How to Make Dried Apples at Home
- Organic Apples – 2.5 lb
- 1 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon ground
- Peel, wash, and core the apples
- With a mandolin or a knife, slice apples thinly and even to about 1/4″
- To allow air to circulate, properly place the sliced rings on the dehydrator tray.
- Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon over the apple slices
- Dry for 6-8 hours at 135°F (57°C), check at the 6-hour mark, and then continue drying depending on the texture desired and whether they will be eaten quickly or stored.
- You should inspect the rings for dryness and leatheriness.
- To check for moisture, cut an apple slice in half. It should look like a dry sponge texture.
- Cool the mixture for several hours before storing it in an airtight container or bag.
- One to your dog and one to you. The rest can be stored in a dark, dry place for up to one month.
You can give dried apples to your dog. Some commercial dog foods even contain dried apples.
Feed your dog small quantities of dried apples occasionally. Too much can cause stomach upset or diarrhea.
Dogs who have eaten too many dried apples may feel sick for a few days. However, they will soon feel better.