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No, dogs cannot eat apple cores. The core is a choking hazard, and apple seeds are toxic to dogs. Biting off an apple core by chance may not harm your dog. However, we suggest disposing of the apple core immediately after you are done eating the apple.

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Dangerous: This food is generally considered a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of dogs. Please contact your vet, a veterinary hospital or pet poison control if you suspect your dog has eaten this food recently.

Why Can’t Dogs Eat Apple Cores?

If a dog eats an entire apple core, it is likely to make them choke, especially if your dog is small. This is also why eating entire fruits with stones, or pit is dangerous for dogs.

TIP: If you are giving your dog a fruit with stones or a pit, carefully remove the stone and cut the food into pieces to prevent a choking hazard.

Furthermore, apple cores and seeds contain a chemical compound called cyanide. Chewing or biting on the core or seeds releases cyanide which dogs consume and get cyanide poisoning.

What To Do If Your Dog Eats An Apple Core?

If you’re certain your dog ate an apple core, it’d be best to either call your vet or pet poison control (which is a free 24/7 service) if your vet office is closed. If the dog successfully swallowed it, and there’s nor risk of choking, it still may require medical intervention. Every dog is different so be proactive in getting an immediate medical opinion.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No dogs cannot eat apple seeds. Apple seeds contain cyanide which is poisonous to dogs, and only a bite or two can react adversely.

  • If your dog has eaten an apple core, contact a vet immediately. They will guide you about the next steps.

  • No, whole apples can pose a choking hazard. To avoid this, cut the apple flesh into bite-sized pieces and serve it after removing the core and seeds.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.