Apple juice is awesome. Not only it is hydrating, but it is also refreshing. It contains some antioxidants and is good for your health.
I am not a juice person but, I like to treat myself to some apple juice occasionally.
And, my furry little doggy seems curious!
As you know, apple is safe for your doggy to consume as long as you remove the seeds.
But, what about apple juice? Is it safe for your dog to drink?
While some human foods are entirely safe for your dog to consume, others aren’t.
So, it is always a good idea to look up food before giving it to your furry friend.
In this article, I will answer the question, “Can dogs have apple juice?” in as much detail as I can.
Let’s get started!
Yes or No: Can Can Dogs Have Apple Juice?
Yes, dogs may be able to have apple juice but, there are a few considerations.
The best way to keep your furry friend hydrated is by providing them with clean and filtered water.
Most apple juices that you’ll find on supermarket shelves contain a lot of added sugar and preservatives that may harm your dog.
There are some brands of apple juice that use artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol to make the apple juice taste sweet without using real sugar. However, Xylitol is very toxic to dogs.
So, giving your dog apple juice from the supermarket, or any packaged apple juice isn’t always a good idea.
However, if you give your dog some freshly-made apple juice (without any preservatives and additives and without seeds), it will be safe.
However, even if the juice is good to taste, it won’t benefit your dog in any way.
Most of the nutrients of the fruit are lost in the process of juicing. The juice doesn’t contain any dietary fiber either. Unless you use a cold press juicer which I recommend.
Another option is to allow your dog the munch on the actual rather than giving them apple juice.
The Problems With Added Sugar
Excess sugar in your dog’s diet can lead to various problems such as:
- Dental caries
- Hyperactivity followed by lethargy
So, keep your doggy friend away from added sugars!
Canine Constipation and Apple Juice
A lot of dog owners believe that apple juice can help their dogs naturally overcome constipation. The truth is that apple juice won’t be beneficial for your furry friend. You should call your vet as soon as possible to relieve your dog.
Constipation can be in itself a symptom of a more significant problem. For this, apple juice may not be of any use.
Role of Apple Juice in Helping With Mild Constipation
Apple juice may be useful in treating mild canine constipation at home.
You can try to use fresh and homemade apple juice for this or, get a juice from the market that contains no added sugar or preservatives.
Read the label on the juice box. If you find any added sugar or Xylitol, don’t give it to your dog.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener known to be toxic to dogs. It can even cause death.
Mixing equal parts of water with apple juice is an excellent way to help relieve constipation. Water helps a lot since dehydration usually causes constipation to begin with.
Giving your dog, some Pedialyte is also a great idea as it contains electrolytes and is more efficient than apple juice in restoring balance.
Overcoming Constipation in Dogs Without Apple Juice
While apple juice helps keep your dog hydrated, there are two things that you can do to avoid constipation that doesn’t involve its use.
Take your dog out for a walk: Walking or any other kind of physical activity helps in stimulating the dog’s digestive system and gets things going. Physical activity will be more beneficial for your dog as compared to giving him some apple juice
Hydrate the Doggy: Some dogs don’t like to drink water, and that’s why apple juice gained popularity as something that helps with canine constipation. However, it’s not your only option.
You can use a dropper or syringe to give your dog water, add a probiotic to the water, add ice cubes, etc.
Anything is better than giving your dog commercial apple juice since it can harm your doggy friend.
Final Words: Can Dogs Have Apple Juice?
While homemade apple juice is safe for your dog to consume on occasion, store-bought apple juice isn’t a good idea as it contains preservatives and added sugars, which can wreak havoc on your furry friend’s system.
Other than that, apple juice doesn’t have any nutritional benefits for dogs.
There is not much evidence that supports claims of apple juice helping dogs overcome constipation or other bowel irregularities.
Hydrating your dog by giving him some water will be more helpful. So, it is a good idea to keep store-bought apple juice away from your doggy friend.