French Bulldog Food & Diet
There is a lot of talk over whether to make homemade dog food recipes for your French Bulldog, to feed them a raw diet, whether or not to buy all organic ingredients, questions concerning AAFCO’s [Association of American Feed Control Officials] guidelines on what is healthy and in general just who to buy from and what to look for in dog food.
We aren’t here to tell you what to do. All humans are different, just like all dogs are different, one diet doesn’t work for all humans, and one way of preparing food doesn’t work for all types of dogs.
A lot of different factors draw people to try a new food, or new food preparation for their French Bulldog, especially if your dog is sick or has irritable bowel syndrome or something of the like. Switching from store bought food might be your answer. You are probably going to get better quality food by buying and cooking it yourself.
So let’s discuss why homemade dog food might be a good fit for you and your French Bulldog
This ensures that you know where your meat is coming from and that it is fresh. When thinking about your homemade French Bulldog food recipes keep in mind that organic and grass fed animals are going to be the best quality of meat to consume; but don’t feel bad if you don’t have the means for that, it is not necessary and the fact that you care and are conscious of what your frenchie is eating is the most important!
Making your own dog food ensures that your French Bulldog isn’t consuming artificial ingredients and vitamins, such as vitamin K3, which is the artificial version of vitamin K1. Vitamins K3 can cause serious health risks. You also don’t want your French Bulldog eating meat-by-products.
Top French Bulldog Food Proteins
Meat should make up at least half of the diet of your French Bulldog, especially white meat, unless your dog is incredibly active! Bones are often fed to dogs, but just remember that some say you should not feed your French Bulldog cooked bones.
Salmon is a great meat to either add to your already made, natural store bought, dog food or to incorporate into your homemade recipe. Salmon is said to be one of the healthiest things you can add to your dog’s food, it is filled with zinc and a lot of nutrients your dog needs. Fish provides vitamin D, which is an essential part of the diet. If you are not feeding your dogs fish then the vitamin should be supplemented.
Feeding small amounts of liver daily is recommended. Beef or chicken liver would be a great ingredient to throw into your homemade dog food recipe. Generally speaking, add about one ounce of liver per pound of other animal products.
Eggs are incredibly nutritious! If your French Bulldog is about 20 pounds they can eat a whole egg a day, smaller dogs can still have eggs just not so much at one time. Throw in the eggshells too- blended of course. Eggshells provide a ton of nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Plain yogurt, keifir, cottage cheese, and ricotta cheese are all healthy for your dog too! Other types of cheeses have a little too much fat in them, which is why most people prefer cottage and ricotta cheese.
So what ingredients should make up your homemade French bulldog food?
Starchy veggies are good for French Bulldogs that need help keeping some meat on their bones, but should be given in moderation to dogs that are heavier set. Starchy foods have to be cooked in order for them to be digestible.
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, pumpkin, and legumes are all great options. Leafy greens are low in calories and can be fed in any quantity! However please note, too much can cause gas. Broccoli and cauliflower are good for dogs, however it is recommended that if you are feeding in large portions to cook them, as they can suppress thyroid function. Bananas, apples, berries, melon and papaya are all safe and healthy choices, but do not feed your French Bulldog grapes or raisins because that can cause kidney failure.
Grains are controversial. Some dogs can handle them, some dogs can’t. They may contribute to inflammation caused by allergies, arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease, seizures, and other problems. So proceed with caution if adding them to your homemade French Bulldog food recipe.
It is not clear if starchy veggies do the same. A lot of homemade dog food recipes call for rice, you can always nix it out if feeding your French Bulldog grains makes you nervous.
Grains and starchy veggies should not make up any more than half the diet.
Supplements are another important part of any homemade dog food recipe. Calcium, fish oil, cod liver oil, plant oil, vitamin D, vitamin E, Iodine and green blends are all recommended that your French Bulldog get some of in part of his/her diet. Most of these vitamins are found in the foods that you would be feeding your dog, it’s hard to know exactly how much to give your dog and it’s hard to keep track. Feeding your French Bulldog can be viewed similarly to feeding a child. It’s important that your (human) child gets the vitamins and minerals needed, but it isn’t crucial that the child get every little vitamin and mineral in every little thing you feed them. Same goes for dogs.
The AAFCO provides nutrition requirements that dog food brands must meet, but it is said that those requirements are the very minimal for your dog to survive. Your goal with feeding a homemade diet to your frenchie is to find a balance of meeting the minimal requirements to keeping your French Bulldog alive and to over feeding and giving too much of these vitamins and minerals.