Apples are a great food source for humans. But can French Bulldogs eat apples?
The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is great advice for humans. In fact, it’s not just apples that will keep you feeling fit, healthy, active and in tip-top shape. All fruits, and vegetables too, are good for humans. A balanced diet is important for keeping your bones strong, your coat healthy and your digestive system healthy.
And it’s the same for your French Bulldog. Fruits and vegetables, when added to your dog’s regular diet, are important extra sources of all the nutrients that will keep them in fine fettle.
But can French Bulldogs eat apples? We humans love biting into a lovely crunchy apple. So are they a good food item for your bijoux French buddy? Let’s find out, shall we?
Dogs Will Eat Anything.
Before they were domesticated, wild dogs were expert foragers. They lived on just about any food source they could find...including fruit. And although your Frenchie may not look exactly like a wild dog, their instincts and physiology are exactly the same as those of the prehistoric canines that they are descended from.
It may come as a surprise to many people to learn that dogs aren’t carnivores. In fact, dogs are omnivores, meaning that they can derive their nutrition from both animal and plant sources. Even wolves in the wild eat all manner of food: from animals that they have killed and carrion that they have scavenged, to berries, plants, herbs and roots that they nibble on and dig up.
So a slice of fresh juicy apple will appeal to your French Bulldog in exactly the same way that it would appeal to a passing wolf.
But what about the actual health benefits your Frenchie will get from apples? Let’s bite into the evidence, shall we?
Are Apples a Good Food Option For French Bulldogs?
Apples are in perfect food for your French Bulldog. They are high in vitamin C along, with pectin and soluble fibre.
The benefit of fibre
Apples contain pectin which is a type of soluble fibre which can help fight diabetes by removing excess blood glucose and by accelerating the dissolution of cholesterol in your Frenchie’s bloodstream.
Vitamins and minerals
As well as vitamin C, apples contain trace amounts of the vitamins A and K which will assist in preventing bone disease, and help to maintain your Frenchie’s immune system.
Apples are a great way to keep a dog’s teeth clean. They are firm enough to gently scrape away food remains and tartar, yet gentle enough that they won’t cause undue tooth wear or damage gums. Apples might also help to keep your Frenchie’s breath smelling fresh!
Apples are Great for Your Frenchie...But be Careful!
Although apples are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre, and are a tasty treat for your Frenchie, you need to be a little bit careful with them. Here’s why…
Watch out for the pips
The biggest danger with feeding a French Bulldog apples are the pips contained within the apple’s core. Apple pips (which are just the seeds) contain a substance called amygdalin which breaks down into a type of cyanide that can be dangerous or even possibly deadly for a French Bulldog.
Amygdalin is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is actually found in the seeds or kernels of many plants including apricots, almonds peaches, plums, and also apples.
Although apple pips only contain tiny amounts of amygdalin, this can be released when the pips are chewed, and can build up in your Frenchie’s body over time, leading to possible health problems.
But you don't have to be too worried, however. If your French Bulldog does eat an occasional apple core along with the pips, it's most likely that he or she will be perfectly fine. Just don't let them get at an apple’s core too often.
It's just as likely that your Frenchie could choke on an apple core, so rather than worrying too much about the amount of cyanide that they may be imbibing if they eat an apple core, you're better off to worry about the physical dangers of choking, or damage to their oesophagus.
For this reason, if you are going to feed apples to your French Bulldog - and let’s face it, it they are going to love apples! - make sure that you chop the apples up into small pieces.
You can put them into some sort of food maze to entertain your Frenchie as he or she tries to extract the tiny pieces; you can freeze them to use as a cooling treat on hot days; or just throw bits of the apple that you are eating to your Frenchie so he or she can enjoy that juicy, tasty goodness at the same time as you.
How about other apple foods?
Apple crumble or apple sauce tastes great to us humans. So there’s no doubt that your French Bulldog will also love to chow down on these as well.
But the trouble is, human foods like this may contain ingredients that can be harmful of even toxic to dogs. So the best advice is not to feed your Frenchie on cooked foods containing apples.
What About the Youngsters?
Human babies love slobbering on a slice of apple. It’s good for their gums and teeth and provides a tasty way to give them some vitamins...especially vitamin C.
However, for French Bulldog puppies, apples aren’t such a good idea. Young Frenchies have quite delicate stomachs and digestive systems, and the acidic nature of apples may make them sick or give them stomach pains.
So you are better to stick to the correct puppy food for your young “amis Francais” and wait until they enter adulthood before you start giving them apples.
Apples Are OK
So as you can see, eating apples will certainly appeal to your French Bulldog. They will love the crunchy juiciness of apples and will gobble them up if you let them.
But while apples provide a rich source of vitamin C and other nutrients, you will need to be very careful when it comes to feeding your sassy little French buddy on apples. As with everything, moderation is the key. So as long as you only feed them apples occasionally, you Frenchie will be fine. Vive le pomme!