is giving my lab apple slices for a treat good for his weight loss
My Puff likes fresh banana, melons, apples, peaches, apricots, strawberries but I'm not sure it helps with weight loss. (With cherries, peaches, apricots avoid the pits.) No grapes or raisins.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
I think slices are fine, but DON'T give a whole apple! I learned that the hard way...while your dog may ingest it and everything might seem fine, the core and seeds are actually REALLY bad for dogs and can be poisonous...
Yup, apple seeds have cyanide in them.
Green beans are better.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
for weight loss, we were told carrots, broccoli, celery, and green beans. Buddie loves carrots the most, with frozen green beans stuffed in her toy a close second. We've eliminated all dog treats and she's actually lost 2 pounds in the past month, so we know it works slowly but surely!
I've fed apple cores to my labs for years without any harmful effects so I'm curious how you "learned the hard way"? My labs love apple cores so much that whenever they see anybody eating an apple, they sit very patiently and their mouths start salivating! Although there's some truth in this (apple seeds contain cyanide), the amount of cyanide is very small and the hard seed coating keeps it encapsulated as it quickly moves through a dog's digestive system (natures way of planting new apple trees far from the source). Here's a link that talks about this urban legend:Originally Posted by Tuckersmydog
Originally Posted by jlab
I wasn't trying to be confrontational or trying to challenge you on this - I was just curious what the circumstances were. Thanks for the explanation. I wonder if Tucker got sick not from the apple seeds themselves but from a combination of the apple along with the peanut butter and other snacks (all these things digesting at different rates and causing the stomach upset).
Did the vet give him something to counteract the effects of the cynanide or did he just get better on his own? I understand that apple seeds contain such a minute amount of cyanide that it would take a mug full of crushed seeds to even have any noticable effect on a human. I would think it would be much the same for dogs.
It would be interesting to hear if anyone else had a similar experience with feeding apple cores.
jlab...sorry, I didn't think you were being confrontational...I was trying to be complete to answer any questions you might have had...sorry if it came out defensive...lol...actually...there was no peanut butter at the time of the apple...just dinner and apple before that was just breakfast and a few hypo all. treats...the vet wasn't overly concerned at the time...he just advised me not to give whole apples in the future...maybe it was a "CYA" situation for him, I have no idea, but when it comes to Tucker, I am an overprotective parent and anything that MIGHT be a problem, I shy away from...I was only passing on what I learned...