Food Allergies in French Bulldogs
French bulldogs (and all dogs for that matter) can have allergic reactions to certain components of the foods they are eating. These can manifest themselves as itching, redness, inflammation, and other symptoms similar to environmental reactions. It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of the reaction, especially since most dog foods use common ingredients like chicken, beef, dairy, soy, and corn.
It’s important to note that this is different from food intolerance, which is a digestive issue that can cause vomiting and diarrhea much like in humans. Ideally, you will want to feed your Frenchie a high quality dry food that contains a good balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. It is recommended that a healthy diet be rich in high quality proteins – at least 25%, as well as 20% fats, and 20% carbohydrates. Below you will find a list of some of the best options available for your French bulldog.
Unlike with other allergies, the only way to test for food allergens is through a food trial or elimination diet. Unfortunately, these can take 8-12 weeks before any conclusive results may be available. And you may have to do the test more than once. You will want to feed your Frenchie protein and carbs that they have not eaten before. Some good options are lamb, fish, kangaroo, rabbit, venison, oatmeal, and sweet potato. It’s important that as you run the trial, your dog receives no other food or treats. You can also try a homemade diet, since it would be without any potential allergy causing preservatives.
The only real treatment for a food allergy is avoidance. Once you are able to detect the culprit, you can find a dog food that will work best for your Frenchie. We have tried many foods over the years. We have had some success with combinations of salmon or chicken, pumpkin, and sweet potato. Also some natural or organic options tend to be less likely to trigger allergies. It is also a good idea to use stainless steel bowls and wash them frequently. Please DO NOT feed your dog cheap food. It contains mostly fillers and often times has very little real protein and can trigger their allergies. Take a look at the options provided here, or some of the other flavors from these brands. Hopefully this will help you find a quality food for your Frenchie.
The duck and salmon formula is packed with protein (Almost 47%!) as well as fruits and vegetables. It does not contain any wheat, corn, or rice and they add natural vitamins and minerals to each bag. This formula is a little pricey at around $75.00 for a 26 lb bag, but the beef formula is almost as high in protein and you can get it for about $55.00
This is what we are currently feeding Norman. Fromm has a number of excellent choices for your dog. The Adult Gold has a great mix of proteins (Duck, chicken, lamb, and egg), as well as probiotics and salmon oil for the nice, shiny coat French bulldogs need! Here is a link, there are a few different sizes to choose from.
This is a grain free, lamb based dry food that is very popular. The other main ingredients are sweet potatoes, peas, and egg. There is also a good amount of vegetables and fruit in the formula. They recently added salmon oil to meet the updated AAFCO guidelines. This one is probably the best bang for your bag, as you can get a 30 lb. bag for about $50.00.
Orijen is an ultra premium, zero grain dog food that sources all its ingredients locally out of Kentucky. Their dry dog foods is lower in carbs and contains a great variety of proteins, including boar, duck, venison, and several different types of fish. They are on the high end of the price scale, but they are very highly recommended. If you want to check them out, you can try one of the 4.5 lb bags before committing to one of the larger ones.
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