Is It Ok If My Dog Eats Crab Apples?

Written by Wen Duan

Is it OK if my dog eats crab apples?

Yes, it is safe for your dog to eat crab apples.

Crab apples are very tart small apples, generally between 2-4 inches in size. There is a variety of crab apples. A lot of the edible types are too sour or bitter to eat, so your dog may not like them. 

Like large apples they are a healthy treat. Crab apples contains Vitamin A and C, calcium and phosphorus, and dietary fiber. Since it has fiber, expect softer stools and potentially more farts and poops. 

Make sure if your puppy is only eating the flesh of the apple. If you have trees in the yard, make sure to keep your dog away from the fallen fruit and the leaves. If your dog is having a hard time not eating the fallen apples either put a fence around the tree or rake up the apples and leaves. 

What Part of the Crab Apple Should Be Avoid? 

The toxin in the apple are in the stem, seeds, and leaves. It will take a lot of seeds for it to be a fatal problem, but it isn't a good thing for your dog to have. 

Seeds: The seeds need to be chewed for the amygadlin to be released. If swallowed the seeds can usually pass through the gut without being broken down. Just a few seeds likely won't harm your dog. However, eating seeds over time leads to accumulation of cyanide in your dog's system, which is dangerous. 

Core: avoid the core of the apple. The core of the apple poses a choking hazard. It's best to serve the fruit in slices as a treat for your dog. 

Leaves: Dead leaves are more toxic since the amygadlin is more concentrated.  

Apple Sauce Cubes

Apple sauce cubes. Crab apples are super tart. If your dog likes crab apples, serve it in small portions blended up like apple sauce. 

1. Cut out the core of the apple and cut them into chunks. Make sure that the core, stem, and seeds are removed. 

2. Put the cut apples in a blender or juicer and keep the pulp.

3. Mix everything together and add water as you need. 

4. Store the apple sauce in ice cube trays and put in the freezer for a fun and cool treat. 

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Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our blog.

  • Thank you for the information. My 6 month golden retriever puppy ate 1 fallen, shriveled crab apple this morning and I was so worried! I’ll just keep him away from this area in the future. I think he swallowed it whole, as he does most things. I hope he outgrows his tendency to taste everything. I can’t take my eyes off him.

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