Find out if bananas are a good food option for French Bulldogs, and how to go about feeding them the correct amount of this canine superfood.
In the wild, dogs are omnivores. That is to say, they will pretty much eat anything that they can get their paws, or their fangs on. From raw meat, offal and carrion, to berries, grasses, grubs and invertebrates, dogs in the wild are expert foragers and opportunistic feeders.
So it’s no surprise that domesticated dogs have the same omnivorous inclinations. And French Bulldogs are no exception. These cute, energetic and sassy little dogs love their food.
Of course, just as a balanced diet is important to us humans, so it is with our dogues. But where does a fruit like bananas fit within the range of foods a Frenchie can eat?
The answer to the question “can french Bulldogs eat bananas?” is actually quite straightforward. The answer is yes...yes they can. In fact, bananas are an excellent food source for Frenchies. They provide a range of essential vitamins and minerals
Full of Goodness
For a French Bulldog, eating banana is a tasty and efficient way to ensure they are getting their trace elements.
The vitamins and minerals contained in bananas, all work together in order to keep your Frenchie’s system ticking over perfectly. Here are a few of the goodies that bananas contain.
This is an extremely important component of any dog’s diet. It helps to prevent conditions such as kennel cough, glaucoma, joint inflammation, and many other canine diseases.
Vitamin C will also help your Frenchie recuperate from any wounds that they might have received in the course of day-to-day adventures, and help to reinvigorate their energy levels.
Depending on your French bulldog’s age, vitamin C is also an essential component of a healthy diet for older dogs.
Bananas are a great source of potassium. This element is vital for blood vessel and muscle function. It also plays a role in the nervous system, helping the nerves to conduct electrical signals efficiently.
Potassium also plays a role in ensuring that a dog’s body fluids are maintained at an optimum level. Be aware, however, that too much potassium isn't healthy for a dog, and can cause a condition known as hypokalemia (irregular heart rhythm).
Bananas are very high in fibre and are a great solution for any digestive troubles. Fibre can help relieve both diarrhoea and constipation.
A medium banana contains around 3.1 g of fibre, making them a rich source of this vital component.
A medium-sized banana contains roughly .3 mg of vitamin B6, which is also known as pyridoxine. If a dog suffers from a pyridoxine deficiency it can result in kidney stones, anaemia, and even tooth cavities.
The vitamin B6 in bananas will also help create antibodies to fight infection, assist in the making of red blood cells, and help to control blood sugar levels.
Magnesium plays a key role in helping to absorb minerals and vitamins such as potassium.
A medium-sized banana contains 33 mg of magnesium, so by feeding your Frenchie the occasional banana, you’ll be ensuring that they are getting plenty of this vital element.
Biotin (Vitam B)
The biotin in bananas contributes towards your Frenchie having a healthy and shiny coat. Biotin also assists in maintaining healthy cardiovascular, digestion and nervous systems.
Bananas are a doggy superfood!
Bananas also contain a whole range of less well-known compounds, including choline, which helps to maintain liver health, phytosterols which are components of cell membranes, and nutrients that help to maintain the health of your Frenchie’s coat.
Things to remember about feeding bananas to your French bulldog.
Bananas can lead to constipation due to their high fibre content. They can also create blockages in your Frenchie’s system if they are taken in large pieces. So you should only feed bananas to your Frenchie occasionally, perhaps as a special treat.
Bananas contain quite a lot of calories, so just like all things, bananas should be fed to your French Bulldog in moderation.
Bananas also have high sugar content, so once again they should only be fed to French bulldogs as a treat. Too much sugar can lead to gastrointestinal issues and perhaps diabetes. Sugar is also bad for a canine’s teeth, so exercise a bit of caution and don't feed your Frenchie too many bananas...even though they might love them.
Banana peels aren't toxic, but they will be extremely hard for your Frenchie, or any dog for that matter, to digest. You don't eat bananas without peeling them, do you? So peel your banana before you give some bits to your Frenchie!
Some people are allergic to bananas, so, therefore, you can expect that some dogs will be allergic to them as well. So if you notice that your French Bulldog is showing signs of an allergic reaction to bananas, such as breathing difficulty, swelling, hives, sneezing, or coughing, stop feeding them bananas and contact your veterinarian.
Bananas are Great Food for Dogs.
For a French Bulldog, eating banana is a treat they can enjoy in all manner of ways.
You could crush the banana up and mix it in with your Frenchie’s food to give it a little bit of sweet flavour.
You can mush them up and put them in some sort of puzzle feeder so that your dog has to do a bit of work in order to access the banana treat.
You might freeze small chunks of banana to feed to your Frenchie as a frozen treat on hot summer days.
You can even freeze-dry them in order to reward your Frenchie a banana chip when they have been good.
To sum up, French Bulldogs, just like all dogs, love bananas. But as with all fruits and vegetables, moderation is the key.
Fruits such as bananas should be given as a treat rather than a part of their daily diet. When used as an irregular stack, or as a reward for good behaviour, bananas are an excellent food source for your cute little French friend.