Fruit juice is a staple of many people’s diets. Although high in sugar, it is still a relatively healthy way of hydrating yourself. Of course, there are variations on this and freshly squeezed juice is much healthier than concentrated juice. (But neither will come close to eating an actual apple).
But what about dogs? It’s important to ensure that your dog has a healthy and well-balanced diet. This includes a good amount of liquids and a good balance of sugar, carbohydrates, protein, fats, etc.
So, when you’re pouring yourself a glass of apple juice, is it a good idea to pour some into your dog’s water bowl? Not really.
Although you have probably seen your dog attempt to eat anything that isn’t nailed down, they don’t all have robust enough systems to digest them properly
So, why can’t dogs drink apple juice? It might not seem like a particularly harmful beverage but it isn’t the best.
Although sugar and fiber are needed in every diet, apple juice is very high in both. This can lead to digestive problems and even cause your dog to have diarrhea.
They won’t become particularly ill but it’s just not worth the risk for anyone involved.
How About Them Apples?
But what about actual apples? Can dogs eat them? Luckily, the answer to this is yes! When we think of a dog’s diet, we usually imagine a lot of meat and protein. But this isn’t all they need.
In fact, although dogs do require a high-protein diet, they also need a lot of fiber and carbohydrates. Both of which are in fruit.
Apples are a great healthy snack for your dog. Plus, due to the texture, they can help keep your dog’s teeth clean. And they will even freshen their breath.
So, if your dog is sitting next to you pining after your apple juice (although let’s be honest, they will pine after anything you try to eat or drink), try chopping up a real apple for them instead.
Other Fruit Juices
So, now that you’re thoroughly put off giving your dog apple juice, should you give them other fruit juices? The answer to this is the same: not really. Most other fruit juices are also high in sugar and fiber so will likely have the same effects.
One fruit juice that you really shouldn’t allow your dog to drink is grape juice. Grapes are very toxic to dogs and so grape juice is also toxic. And we mean dangerously toxic. Grapes and grape juice can give your dog kidney failure.
This means that you should also avoid allowing your dog to eat or drink anything derived from grapes. This includes feeding them raisins and (although you likely weren’t planning on allowing them to anyway) letting them drink wine.
Grapes and grape juice can also cause diarrhea like other fruit juices, so it might be tricky to tell exactly what your dog has consumed. Other symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Severe dehydration
So, it isn’t a good idea to allow your dog to drink any kind of fruit juice but they must avoid grape juice and grapes.
While you’re here, let’s go over a few more things that you should keep out of your dog’s diet (just in case you needed a little more info):
- Corn on the cob
- Artificial sweeteners
- Macadamia nuts
- Grapes and raisins
- Cooked bones
Dog Diet Top Tips
So, now you know as much as there is to know about apples and your dog, how about some more tips for ensuring your dog has the best-balanced diet?
- Nothing but water. Although your dog might seem to enjoy other drinks and liquids, they should really only drink water. Water is full of minerals and is the absolute best for keeping your dog (and yourself!) healthy and well-hydrated.
- If in doubt, check with your vet. This will either seem like an obvious idea or an overreaction. But your dog can’t quite do everything that you might think. A lot of people assume that dogs can eat just about anything but this really isn’t true.
Dogs have trouble digesting a lot of human food. Their digestive system will vary depending on age, breed, and general health. So, when you first get your dog or when you next take them to the vet, double-check their diet with them.
- If in doubt, ask a specialist. It’s a good idea to go to a pet store to get their food. It might be easier to pick it up at the grocery store, but even going once to see what is on offer is a good idea. The staff who work there will also be pretty knowledgeable and be able to give you some guidance and advice.
- Everything in moderation. As mentioned above, we often think of dogs as almost carnivorous animals. But this is an inaccurate perception that often leads to dogs not being fed properly. There is a stereotype that dogs eat sausages, steak, and other heavy red meats. And while most dogs do love these foods, they should only count for a small portion of their diet.
Dogs do require protein and they are fine to eat red meats every now and then as a treat. But eating it on a regular basis, let alone for every meal, will give them digestive problems and even heart problems. They might seem okay now but it won’t be so good for them in the long run.
Because of this, make sure to include a range of fruits and vegetables in your dog’s diet. (Although make sure to double-check which are okay for dogs to consume as they can’t have everything).
Unlike cats, dogs aren’t obligate carnivores so they can actually eat a vegetarian or even a vegan diet. While this isn’t necessary, just always remember that fresh fruits and vegetables are good for both you and your dog!