As the old saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", apples are really nutritious and good for our health (including our dogs'). Make these easy dog treats with apples for your dog to keep him healthy and happy!
Apples are rich in phytonutrients such as the flavonoid quercetin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
It is found that the amount of quercetin is much more concentrated in the skin than in the pulp, so if you want your dog to benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of apples, feed him chopped up pieces of a fresh apple with the skin on - a good crunchy healthy snack in itself that most dogs love. (Fido says: "It's even better if you put some unsweetened peanut butter on the apple pieces!")
Apples are also helpful in regulating blood sugar levels because flavonoids such as quercetin found in apples can inhibit the secretion of carbohydrate-digesting enzymes; therefore they slow down the digestion of carbohydrates into simple sugars.
Moreover, apples have antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-cancer properties thanks to their phytonutrients. The antioxidants in apples are in particular good for the heart. They also prevent or delay the onset of age-related health issues such as macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease.
With so many health benefits, apples should be on your "must-give" list of snacks for your dog!
In addition to giving fresh apples to dogs, we can also make some easy apple dog treats that are both yummy and healthy.
The herb chamomile has calming effect and can relax a nervous or over-strung dog. This easy dog treat can be made in no time at all and can be used to calm your dog if she cannot settle down, or is having trouble sleeping well at night.