Dehydrated apples may not be your first thought when considering dog treats, but, believe it or not, apples are already an ingredient found in many dog foods and healthier treats. That being said, why would you settle for a complicated concoction of ingredients when everything you need can be found in one simple fruit: Apples!
A Healthy Yet Simple Solution!
You're probably used to, or at least heard of, those 'Milk Bones' dog treats you can buy at the store. Yes, they aren't costly but are pretty unhealthy at the same time. You could pay a nice chunk of cash for those tiny 'training rewards,' but even those are high in sodium. The best dog treats are simple, easy to find, and already occur in nature!
Forget the expensive 'training rewards' or unhealthy 'Milkbones.' With dehydrated apples, you can have an extremely cheap, simple, natural, and healthy dog treat all rolled up into one!
Dehydrated Apples as a Low-Calorie Treat
Though they may love them, there is one huge problem with most store-bought dog treats. Unfortunately, they usually contain more corn or wheat than anything else, meaning they are high in carbs.
Unlike humans, dogs have little need for sugars or carbohydrates; this usually means weight gain. In some circumstances, too many carbs can even lead to diabetes in both dogs and humans. This is a lifetime condition that can turn into a potentially fatal medical emergency if left untreated.
With dehydrated apples as dog treats, you get what you see! Not only are these low calorie treats, but they are healthy, taste great, and last longer without preservatives.
Dehydrated Apples as Antioxidant
Antioxidants help protect your (and your dog's) body's cells against harmful molecules produced when you either break down food, inhale smoke, or absorb radiation. More antioxidants mean better protection against things like heart disease or cancer, and apples have a lot of them!
There is a very good reason the saying exists "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." In this case, an apple a day keeps the vet happy'!
The dietary fiber found in dehydrated apples helps balance a dog's diet, enhance digestive health, and improve daily energy levels! This can be especially important in both older dogs and certain breeds prone to digestive problems. With an overwhelming weight crisis affecting today's pets, digestive health is never more critical than it is now.
Dehydrated Apples - Great Source of Vitamin A
Vitamin A is essential to a dog's diet, meaning he must find it in the food he eats, or he will become malnourished. Muscle and nerve cells, your dog's skin and coat, and vision all need Vitamin A to work correctly!
If a dog doesn't get enough Vitamin A, you would first notice a dull coat and flaky skin, as opposed to a sleek and shiny healthy one. Your dog could begin to suffer from 'night blindness.' Your dog's muscles will start to deteriorate, leading to a weak and lethargic feeling. For pregnant females, vitamin A is especially important!
Homemade Dehydrated Apples Treats
Now you know why apples are essential to your dog's diet, how can you get them to eat apples. If your dog is happy to eat a raw apple, then go ahead and feed them fresh apple pieces as a treat. However, apples don't last that long, especially in warmer weather. An excellent way to preserve apples for longer is to dehydrate them.
Below is a tasty recipe for dehydrated apples dogs love, AND humans can eat them too.
Store-Bought Dehydrated Apples
If you don't have time or just don't want to dehydrate apple treats, you can buy them from many good pet stores and online.
When purchasing from a store check to ensure they have only one single ingredient, are free from preservatives, chemicals, and all artificial flavors. I would also recommend checking to see where they are made to ensure it's not somewhere like China. I won't go into all the details here, but China has been linked to many dangerous dog treats. You can find more information on that here.
To save you some time researching, I include a few reliable sources of dehydrated apple treats you can buy online below.