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Frenchie-Friendly Pet Food & Treats: What to Feed your French Bulldog

Feeding your French Bulldog

What’s the best dog food for French Bulldogs to help them live life to the full?

Intelligent, affectionate, sweet-tempered and full of fun, it’s no surprise that Frenchies are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world today.

One very important thing to bear in mind is that Frenchies can be susceptible to having sensitive stomachs. This means that when they eat something that doesn’t agree with them, it can trigger a gurgling gut, nasty smells (ever wondered why French Bulldogs fart so much?) and watery diarhoea. That’s why it pays to look for the best French Bulldog food that's easier on their digestion.

Are you feeding your Frenchie the wrong type of food?

BulldogCorner - Because French Bulldogs’ stomachs are so delicate, it’s critical to avoid certain foods.

Even though all dogs have nutritional needs, owners of French Bulldogs may need to avoid certain foods owing to genetic diseases or allergies. If given the wrong food, some bulldogs may experience allergic responses such as rashes.

When it comes to French bulldogs, an excess of protein in the diet may cause renal stones. Some French bulldog health issues can be related to specific diets, including indigestion, flatulence, joint problems, and cardiac problems.

Food allergies are the most prevalent cause of Frenchie stomach sensitivity. Food allergies, like environmental allergies, can cause skin irritation and hinder your Frenchie from properly digesting his or her food. Due to many reasons and conditions of their breed, French bulldogs are known to have a sensitive stomach by nature.

As a result, it’s critical to understand why French bulldogs have sensitive stomachs so that you can choose which meals are best for them.

The French Bulldog Club of America recommends that Frenchies need to steer clear of any foods with:

  • artificial preservatives
  • fillers
  • excessive protein
  • wheat gluten 
  • corn

as these ingredients can result in painful indigestion and smelly wind.

In South Africa we have some wonderful pet food products that you can choose from. Look for dog food that are free from wheat/grains, corn, artificial preservatives/ colorants. Single grain pet food, e.g. with only rice, is also great. See my recommendations ♥ Frenchie-friendy Food & Treats. Look at brands like Montego Karoo, Montego Field+Forest, Acana, Orijen, Complete Maintenance, Amigo and Canine Cuisine Adult Grain Free.

For more information read this great article from FrenchieStore, here is a short excerpt:

WHAT FOODS ARE FRENCHIES ALLERGIC TO?

Food allergies can progress to more serious digestive medical conditions like French bulldog IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). Which is why you need to be armed with all the information you could possibly get on food allergies in your French bulldog. Scroll down for more. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY FRENCHIE DOG HAS ALLERGIES? 

There is a difference between food intolerance and food allergies. Food intolerance occurs when your French bulldog has difficulty in swallowing certain types of foods. Food allergies will most often take the form of skin allergies, gastrointestinal issues or in rare cases, respiratory issues. 

It is almost a given that your French bulldog will have a food allergy or react to something they ate at some point. However, it can be a bit technical to pinpoint what exactly triggered the allergy. 

Sometimes, it could be an ingredient rather than a particular food type. The more often your Frenchie has to ingest the food or ingredient, the more likely an allergy will form. 

If your French bulldog seems to be itchy, losing hair and having hives, or swelling all of the time, it is possible that your French bulldog has food allergies. However, French bulldogs are prone to a lot of allergies and the symptoms are fairly the same. So, if you notice any of the symptoms below, you should first speak to your vet in order to find out if your dog is reacting, and how bad the food allergies are. 

  • Itching: If you have ever wondered why French bulldogs itch so much, food allergies are one of the reasons. But, if your Frenchie is suffering from a food allergy, the itching and scratching will probably be on the bum, ears, paws and stomach. 
  • Red Inflamed Spots: As your Frenchie itches and scratches, those areas may become inflamed, cause hives and trigger further itching. There may also be swelling around the ears, eyelids and lips.
  • Hair loss: The constant itching leads to red inflamed spots, and continuous itching of said inflamed spots will lead to hair loss. These bald spots will appear where the itching is most intense. 
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea: This is the quickest and most obvious symptom of food allergies. The vomiting and diarrhea are often accompanied by abdominal pain. What you need to watch out for is if your Frenchie appears to be in discomfort before throwing out the food from his system. If this happens, it is very likely to be a food allergy. 

Some other symptoms could include hyperactivity, weight loss, loss of energy, rumbling belly, flatulence, bloody stool, reduced appetite and aggression. However, as previously mentioned, these symptoms could very well be indicating another illness entirely. Which is why you need your vet for an accurate diagnosis and immediate treatment. 

FOODS FRENCH BULLDOGS ARE ALLERGIC TO 

French bulldogs are different from each other. Some will react very badly to the same food others will gulp down. You just need to watch your Frenchie to determine what he is allergic to. 

Although there are some foods that are poisonous and toxic to French bulldogs, they are not necessarily allergic. The most common food allergens according to WebMD include: 

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Dairy Products
  • Fish 
  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Wheat 

These foods are the allergens that have been commonly noticed but the simple truth is that any food can trigger an allergic reaction in your French bulldog. Some owners might think the source of their dog’s allergies are grains when it is in fact due to the protein source found in meat. Also it is important to mention that feeding your Frenchie a grain free diet can cause heart disease

TREATING FOOD ALLERGIES IN FRENCH BULLDOGS

The only way to effectively treat food allergies in your French bulldog would be to completely remove the food or ingredient that is causing the allergies. But to do this, you and your vet have to first figure out what the particular food or ingredient is. 

The simplest way to do this is to have the allergy test panel done by your trusted and local vet. Your vet might also suggest the elimination diet. You remove any potential food allergens from your Frenchie’s diet for 7-10 days and see if the symptoms reduce. If they do, you then begin to slowly add items back to their diet until you find the one causing the allergies. 

If the elimination diet doesn’t seem to be working and your Frenchie’s symptoms are escalating, your Frenchie might require physical examination. This will include blood and urine tests. If the cause is not present in the blood work, your vet will likely prescribe medication, probiotics, and a special diet they cannot deviate from for life.  

Once you notice any suspicious behavior in your French bulldog, you should contact your vet immediately. This is because all illnesses stand a chance of becoming better if they are recognized early and treated immediately. 

Your bestie will thank you for getting it right!

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