Can Dogs Eat Applesauce

Many of us have found a time when we just run out of treats for our four legged friends.  So we poke our head in the fridge or cupboard and see what we can’t use as a substitute.  Perhaps you’ve stumbled upon the applesauce.  This may describe exactly what is going on with you right now!  Can dogs eat applesauce?  Yes, they absolutely can.
A few considerations…
Can Dogs Eat Applesauce

Can Dogs Eat Plain Applesauce?

It is important to note that some applesauce is sweetened, and some rely on the glucose already in the apple naturally.  To much sugar for a dog is never a good thing for a dog.  DogCareLife recommends giving dogs a dog food that is more sweet than it needs to be.
So if you have a choice, go with the unsweetened stuff.  I have a one year old and he’s always flinging applesauce on the floor.  My dog Molly is just as excited to lick it up as anything else!
Introducing a new food can always cause stomach discomfort.  So, make sure to use a moderate amount if you are going to give your pooch applesauce, espescially if they are a puppy.  It doesn’t matter what kind of food you introduce to a dog, if they aren’t used to eating it there can be some real problems.  With that in mind, exercise caution.

Can dogs eat cinnamon applesauce?

Cinnamon in applesauce will not harm your dog.  In fact, cinnamon in small dosages is even used in some doggie treats.  That being said, when left to choose between applesauce that has cinnamon or just plain applesauce, it’s best to go without it.  Why take a risk when you don’t have to?


What if your dog ate a bunch of applesauce?

It’s not going to kill them.  Whenever you introduce a new food to a dog, there are going to be consequences.  Keep that in mind.  By consequences, I mean that there constitution may be disturbed.  So, be extra vigilant.

If your dog did get into the applesauce and eat way too much, make sure you give them extra bathroom breaks.  If you are going to leave the house for a few hours, consider kenneling the dog or leaving them outside (assuming the weather is agreeable).


Applesauce shouldn’t be part of a dogs healthy diet

There is nothing wrong with giving your dog a little applesauce.  Just keep in mind that like humans, dogs really shouldn’t consume high amounts of sugar.

Making applesauce something other than a rare treat will introduce a high amount of glucose into their diet.  It shouldn’t

Applesauce for a dog with an upset stomach

Applesauce is a part of the BRAT diet for a sick person.  If you are unfamiliar with this combination, it stands for bread, rice, applesauce, and toast.  These foods combined are supposed to do no further harm to an upset stomach and even provide some relief.

Whether or not there is any truth to it for humans, there’s definitely no science on it for dogs.  Can dogs eat applause for a tummy ache?  It’d probably make them feel worse.


Plain applesauce is certainly best.  Less is more.  Less ingredients = healthier for doggie.  When selecting applesauce look for these qualities:

  • No added sugar/sweetener
  • Preferably no cinnamon
  • Keep the amount that you give them small

Applesauce contains a lot of vitamins and antioxidants that dogs need.  Can dogs eat applesauce?  Only in moderation, and never as a meal substitute.  It’s best to think of it as a rare treat.  It would be better to used something like Cheerios as a training treat if that’s what you are going for.