Frenchie parents all over the world want to keep their French Bulldog in their ideal weight and make sure they have a variety of healthy snack options. More often than not dog treats are high in calories and full of chemicals.
Some French Bulldog owners choose to feed their Frenchie raw dog food to ensure the food is not processed at all. Is there a happy medium where your Frenchie can enjoy fruits and veggies as a part of your dog’s diet?
Fruits and vegetables can be great snack source for your Frenchie dog. While they don’t exactly need them, it is a healthy alternative to highly processed high calorie dog treats.
French Bulldogs can eat almost anything, and that includes foods that can potentially harm them. This is why it is important you as a dog owner are familiar with what kinds of fruits and vegetables you can feed your French Bulldog and which ones to steer clear of.
Celery is a safe snack your Frenchie would love. Celery is full of vitamins A, B and C, it promotes a healthy heart and helps to fight cancer. This crunchy stick also freshens your Frenchie’s breath. And trust us, that’ll be a big plus. Large quantities may make your French Bulldog urinate often so give in moderation.
It can be tough to lay down the law when your Frenchie is hanging around as you’re enjoying a nice, crunchy carrot or sweet watermelon.
Here’s a list of fruits and vegetables you can give your French Bulldog and why.
Quite simply, apples are tested and trusted. Apples are almost the number 1 best fruit you can give to your Frenchie. They are rich in Vitamin C, which is great for repair and development of tissues. They’re also rich in pectin, which functions as a digestive aid.
Do not give your dog apple seeds though, because they usually contain cyanide which is harmful to them. As long as you wash the apples thoroughly, remove the seeds and cut them up in sizable bits for your Frenchie, you’re good to go. You should also consider pear; they are a close and slightly softer relative of apples. The same conditions apply.
Bananas have just a few more calories than your regular fruits. This is why, even though bananas are okay to give your French Bulldog, you should only feed them about half a banana in 3 days.
This helps prevent obesity and constipation in French Bulldogs. Although, this this warning may seem silly; don’t forget to remove the skin before feeding your dog bananas.
Green Beans are packed with vitamins and minerals.
All types of green beans are good for dogs to consume as long as they are plain.
We recommend giving them in the purest and most natural form however you can still offer canned green beans.
If you are offering any canned goods to your French Bulldog it is best to make sure they are low-salt or no-salt products.
In the picture Bluenjy the Frenchie is holding a green snap pea.
French Bulldogs can eat cabbage, of all types. It helps with digestion and is good for the dog’s skin.
Cabbage should not be fed in large amounts though because of thiocyanate which is a naturally occurring compound in the vegetable.
This may affect their thyroid gland and lead to hypothyroidism. Thorough cooking such as steaming or boiling can eliminate the thiocyanate.
French Bulldogs can get overheated fast on hot summer days. Watermelons can be the perfect solution on a particularly hot day. Watermelons are over 90% water and are sweet without being sugary.
They are packed with a lot of nutrients and have no cholesterol or fat.
All you need to do is remove the seeds before sharing with your Frenchie. Also endeavor to take rind away from it to avoid stomach upset by your Frenchie pup.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries are all great for your Frenchie puppy. Berries are a good bite-sized fruits. They are also great sources of vitamins.
They are antioxidant and help to flush out toxic substances. Strawberries in particular helps maintain the health of your dogs’ skin and coat.
Oranges, mandarins and mangos are good for your Frenchie but should be fed with caution. They are rich in Vitamin C but have a lot of natural sugar. Eating these fruits in excess is an invitation to obesity, which Frenchies are very prone to.
Mangoes are very rich in nutrients; they are also rich in Vitamin C and are a good source of potassium and fiber. It should be noted the fruits have to be peeled and their seeds taken out before serving to your dog.
The main thing to always remember when giving your canine partner fruits and vegetables is that it should always be in moderation. Less is best in order to see if your Frenchie is showing any symptoms of indigestion or allergies. Some fruits and vegetables will likely cause your Frenchie to pass gas or pee more frequently. Every dog is different so give a small amount to get to know your dog and what they are able to digest well.
There are other fruits and vegetables like cantaloupe, apricot, peach, pineapple, plums, papaya, and carrots, that can be good for your furry friend. But there are some that you should avoid.
As humans, we eat a lot of different things that we think is healthy for us, however, some of these foods do not have the same effect on our dogs. Only give your Frenchie what is good for them and avoid fruits and vegetables like:
Garlic and onion are poisonous to dogs. They are part of the Allium family and French bulldogs should not eat these.
If they do eat a slice of onion that dropped on the floor, don’t panic. Accidents happen. Just watch your Frenchie dog closely for symptoms like increased breathing, nausea, pale gums, abdominal pain and lethargy.
If in doubt, contact your vet immediately.
Grapes are considered one of the most harmful foods for dogs. Symptoms like stomach bloating, weakness and diarrhea are common after the consumption of grapes. They can also lead to kidney failure and death.
Avocados on the other hand can be fed in very small amounts however, may be best to avoid altogether. They contain a toxin called persin, a fungicidal toxin, which can cause serious health problems and is present in small amounts in the avocado flesh. Consuming it by your Frenchie can lead to gastrointestinal blockage like vomiting and diarrhea.
You should also watch out for nuts, raisin, unripe tomatoes, nutmeg and rhubarb. Apart from the life threatening consequences of feeding fruits and veggies like these to your Frenchie, we should not forget that every dog is an individual. Every time you introduce something new, start small and pull back a little. Dogs have allergies too. Observing them and finding these allergies will go a long way in keeping them healthy.
Yes. Fruit cores like seeds, pits and stones are incredibly high in cyanide.
Cyanide is poison to French Bulldogs and dogs generally.
Symptoms might be delayed depending on how much cyanide they’ve ingested and could lead to serious health concerns or even death.
Now you’re armed with sufficient knowledge to experiment a bit with expanding your dog’s diet. If anything seems off, pull back immediately and consult with your vet. If you’d like to know more on your journey with your furry companion, sign up to our Frenchie Blog. We have all the updates, tips and information you need to shower your dog with the love and care they deserve.
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