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No, dogs cannot drink apple juice. This question is quite common since apples are beneficial for dogs. However, packaged juices that are concentrated are not a good choice of drink for your dog. The high sugar and acidic content, as well as the preservatives or artificial flavors, make it harmful to your dog.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Unsafe if not pure
Nutritional Issue High sugar content, preservatives, acid, artificial flavor
Potential Risks Gastrointestinal distress, diabetes, weight gain, obesity, and dental issues
Symptoms Upset stomach, abdominal cramps, diarrhea
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

What Makes Apple Juice Unsafe?

The following are the components that make apple juice unsafe for dogs:

  • High Sugar Content: Excessive sugar is quite harmful to dogs. Typically, boxed juices have added sugar that can adversely affect your pet’s health.
  • Acid: One reason apple juice is unsafe is its acidic concentrations. Drinking too much apple juice can cause gastrointestinal issues that can stress your dog.
  • Preservatives and Artificial Flavoring: Chemicals and additives are bad for your dog. They damage your pet’s health, causing serious issues that need life-long attention.

TIP: Although apple juice isn’t great for dogs, the fruit is quite beneficial. You can cut granny smith apples, remove their core and seeds and give them to your dog as a healthy snack.

Signs Your Dog Drank Too Much Apple Juice

Drinking a lot of apple juice can cause your dog’s stomach to get upset1. They might experience diarrhea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal issues.

The fruit itself is not toxic. However, the drink’s components, as discussed above, make it a problem for your dog. Whenever you buy store-bought products (for yourself or your dog2), check the ingredients to be prepared in case your dog gets their paws on it and requires attention.

How Much Apple Juice Is Bad for Dogs?

Depending on the size of your dog, your dog might get away with a lick or two. If your dog is small, even a little slurp can cause stomach upset and loose stools.

Hence, it is best to keep juice boxes away from your dog. Even if drinking fresh fruit juice, the amount should not exceed one ounce for dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Water is the best fluid you can offer your dog. However, if water is unavailable, your pet can quench their thirst with oat milk, goat’s milk, coconut water, distilled water, and sparkling water. It is essential to note that water has no replacement, and other options should only be explored if water isn’t available or if you want to safely add some diversity to their daily diet.

  • Yes, fresh juices with no added sugar made of safe fruits are good for dogs in small quantities. However, we suggest making these drinks at home, so you know the ingredients.

  • No, dogs cannot drink sugar-free juice. Typically, sugar-free juices contain artificial sweeteners that can significantly harm your pet’s health.

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.