Food-motivated Frenchies know how to manipulate you into giving them treats. While it is tempting to give in to them, they can gain weight easily. Excess weight can hurt their sensitive spines and lead to many health issues.
Other than health issues, Frenchies also have sensitive stomachs. Some ingredients may be good for their health, but they can cause allergic reactions.
But not all Frenchies are the same in intolerances, allergies, and even preferences. So this guide should help you know where to start in the quest of figuring out the best meals for your companion.
How Much Do You Feed a French Bulldog?
A healthy adult Frenchie typically needs 550 to 600 calories each day, divided into two meals. Younger and older Frenchies may need smaller feeding portions, with 3 meals a day.
Your Frenchie’s feeding portions depends on a few factors:
- Activity Level
- Frequency of Meals
Taking all these into account, the best way to know how much to feed your Frenchie is to consult your vet. Feeding portions are important since Frenchies do not have self-control when eating. Because of this, it is easy for them to become overweight.
How Many Calories Should I Feed My French Bulldog?
The general rule of thumb is that Frenchies should eat about 25 to 20 calories per pound of body weight each day. They should have meals twice or thrice a day, depending on their age.
For full-grown Frenchies, here is a calorie guide below:
- Typical Adult Frenchie: 550 to 600 calories a day
- Active Adult Frenchie: 750 to 825 calories a day
- Older Frenchie: 470 to 520 calories a day
For adult Frenchies, you should cut down their meal times to twice a day. But for older Frenchies, it may be better to give them meals thrice a day instead.
It is trickier to feed Frenchie puppies since they are at a stage of rapid growth, gaining weight weekly. For this reason, the general guideline of calories per pound of body weight can be difficult to apply.
So when feeding your Frenchie pup, it is better to measure the number of cups instead. Counting the calories you feed them may not be practical.
How Many Cups of Food Should a French Bulldog Eat?
Feeding your Frenchie in cups depends on their age and activity level. How many times you feed them in a day will also depend on their age.
Puppies, adults, and older Frenchies all have different dietary portions. To give you a guide, here are the recommended cups below:
8 to 12 Weeks of Age
At this young age, Frenchies need to eat about 1.5 cups in a day, distributed between 3 meals. Their meals should be high in calories since they have a lot of energy at this age. Other than that, it should also have the necessary nutrients and vitamins they need to grow.
There is a good reason why younger Frenchies need smaller meals throughout the day. Larger meal portions can lead to gastric dilatation–volvulus (GDV), commonly called twisted stomach. This condition is painful and life-threatening, making it a medical emergency. Since Frenchies tend to devour every last kibble in their food bowls, they may develop GDV.
6 to 9 Months of Age
Frenchies need about 2 to 2.5 cups of meals at this age, still with 3 meals in a day. They can also start eating any high-quality adult food at this age. But before making the switch, you should consult your vet first.
Once your Frenchie becomes an adult, it will be easier to count their calories. This way, you can feed them with more accuracy to ensure you do not overfeed or underfeed them. But below is a guide on how many cups to feed them based on weight and activity level.
Normal Activity Level
- 8 kg: 1 and 3/8 cups
- 9 kg: 1 and 4/8 cups
- 10 kg: 1 and 5/8 cups
- 11 kg: 1 and 5/8 cups
- 12 kg: 1 and 6/8 cups
- 14 kg: 2 cups
High Activity Level
- 8 kg: 1 and 48 cups
- 9 kg: 1 and 5/8 cups
- 10 kg: 1 and 6/8 cups
- 11 kg: 2 cups
- 12 kg: 2 and 1/8 cups
- 14 kg: 2 and 3/8 cups
Note: 1 kg = 2.2 lbs
A more active adult Frenchie will need more food since they are expending more of their energy. At this point, you can cut down your Frenchie’s meals from thrice a day to twice a day.
As your Frenchie gets older, their activity levels drop and so should their meal intakes. Older Frenchies need about 1.5 to 2.5 cups of food per day. The frequency of their meals can also go back up to thrice a day.
Since older Frenchies are more prone to health issues, their dietary needs may need to change. With this, you should see a vet to know your older Frenchie’s appropriate meal portions. And with existing health issues, your Frenchie may need prescription dog food.
Should French Bulldogs Eat Wet Food?
There are some advantages in choosing to feed your Frenchie wet food. High water content, for example, is a benefit you get from wet food that dry food cannot give you as much. But wet food also has its disadvantages.
If you want your Frenchie to eat wet food, that is up to you. But to give you a better picture of a wet food diet, it is best if you read its pros and cons below.
The Advantages of Wet Food
Since wet food has high water content, it is a great way to supplement your Frenchie’s water intake. Especially if your Frenchie is not a fan of drinking water. This helps to prevent urinary tract infections, constipation, gas, and bloating.
It Smells Delicious
Wet food tends to have a stronger aroma than dry food. With your Frenchie’s amazing sense of smell, they will be able to enjoy eating wet food more.
It Helps Them Feel Full Longer
The stronger aroma in wet food helps to add more flavor to fill up your Frenchie faster. This is great for Frenchies who have an insatiable appetite. Especially if your Frenchie is on the heavier side.
It Has a Better Texture
A soft, mushy texture is more forgiving on your Frenchie’s teeth and gums. Sick or older Frenchies will have an easier time eating wet food. Also, wet food is easier to digest for your Frenchie.
It May Be the Healthier Option
In general, wet food has lower carbohydrates and higher protein content compared to dry food. Frenchies are prone to obesity so this is something that you should consider.
Keep in mind that not all wet food is like this. So you should always check the ingredients and nutritional information before buying.
The Disadvantages of Wet Food
It Can Be Bad for Their Teeth
Wet food is sticky and attaches to your Frenchie’s teeth. This may contribute to tartar buildup if you do not brush your Frenchie’s teeth. With dry food, their teeth get scraped while chewing. This is a benefit that wet food unfortunately does not have.
It May Contain More Fat
Some wet food on the market has more fat content than dry food. Fatty foods can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis.
It Spoils Quicker
If your Frenchie likes to come back for their food after a few hours, this may be a problem. Exposure to air and high temperatures make wet food go bad, causing it to become rancid.
It’s More Expensive
In general, wet food is more expensive than dry food. If you compare the prices of wet food and dry food with the same weight, the former is more likely to be pricier.
This may not be a cost-effective option, which is why most dog owners give a mixed diet of both.
How Much Wet Food Should I Feed My French Bulldog?
Giving your Frenchie 3 oz (85 g) of wet food per 3 to 3 and 1/2 pounds (1.3 to 1.6 kg) of body weight each day is the general guideline. Like dry food, this is also distributed between two to three meals too.
If you want to mix both wet and dry food, keep in mind that 3 oz of wet food is about 1/4 cup of dry food.
How Often Should I Feed My French Bulldog?
In general, adult Frenchies need meals twice a day. Younger and older Frenchies need more frequent meals, at least thrice a day. Like the quantity of your Frenchie’s food, the frequency of their meals also depends on a few factors:
- Meal Quantity
- If They Are Lactating
- If They Are Pregnant
The main consideration here is their age. Below is a list of your Frenchie’s recommended meal frequency:
8 Weeks to 6 Months Old
Frenchies at this young age should eat meals thrice a day, with an 8-hour interval. This may be difficult to do for some fur parents, but there are two good reasons for this.
One reason is that young Frenchies are often high-energy. Feeding them thrice a day reduces spikes in their blood sugar between meals. This helps to reduce your Frenchie’s hyperactivity.
Another reason is that their food portions may be too large for one or two meals. Larger portions during meals may cause gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). This is a life-threatening condition that causes your Frenchie much pain.
Healthy adult Frenchies can cut down their daily meals to twice a day, 12 hours apart. Feeding them two smaller portions will help them to feel full throughout the day. And like puppies, large meals can lead to gastric dilatation–volvulus.
A Frenchie’s stomach may weaken with age. This is why older Frenchies should have meals thrice a day, at 8 hours apart.
Also, their sedentary lifestyle makes them prone to obesity. To help with weight management, frequent meals with smaller portions are best.
Lactating and Pregnant Frenchies
Like older Frenchies, lactating and pregnant Frenchies also need meals thrice a day. They need frequent meals to maintain the nutrients and calories that they need.
What Time Should I Feed My French Bulldog?
The ideal meal times for your Frenchie are a 7 am first meal, 12 noon second meal, and 5 pm third meal. For Frenchies who eat twice a day, you can feed them anytime at a 12-hr interval. You can follow any schedule, but dinner time is the most important consideration.
You need to give your Frenchie enough time between dinner and bedtime. This is so they can digest their food and go to the toilet before the both of you sleep. If they do this, you can both sleep uninterrupted at night.
Can You Feed a French Bulldog Once a Day?
It is always recommended that you feed your Frenchie at least twice or thrice a day. One large meal a day puts them at risk for gastric dilatation–volvulus. This condition causes enlargement of their stomach due to food and gas.
Brachycephalic breeds like Frenchies are prone to gassiness, to begin with. Their flat faces make it hard for them to eat, sometimes they ‘inhale’ and choke on their food. And if you feed them one large meal daily, they tend to eat faster and finish in one go.
Other than that, feeding your Frenchie at least twice a day creates a routine for them. A feeding routine helps both you and your Frenchie to sleep at night. After their last meal, they have time to digest food and go to the toilet before their bedtime.
How Much Water Should I Give My French Bulldog?
Most Frenchies will drink the correct amount of water on their own. As long as they have access to clean drinking water, they should be able to regulate their water intake. If your Frenchie does not drink enough water, how do you make sure they are drinking enough?
For adult Frenchies, they need 1 oz (30 ml) of water per pound of body weight per day. Since male Frenchies weigh more, they will need to drink more water than females.
Certain factors may necessitate your Frenchie to drink more water. If they are active dogs, or during the summertime, they need to drink more water to stay hydrated.
A Frenchie puppy’s water intake differs, they need to drink more than adults. Frenchie pups need 4 oz (118 ml) of water every two hours.
How Long Can French Bulldogs Go Without Water?
Generally speaking, dogs can go without water for about 6 to 10 hours without causing issues. They can even survive about 48 to 72 hours without water. But after 24 hours, you will see the ill effects of dehydration.
A day without water can cause irreversible damage to your Frenchie’s health. This is why you should always give your Frenchie access to water around the clock.
There is no exact answer to how long your Frenchie can go without water. But this will depend on certain factors like:
Frenchie puppies will need more frequent intakes of water than adult Frenchies. They generally drink more water than adults, so puppies are more likely to get dehydrated. Especially since they weigh less than adults, they lose water faster than them.
Similarly, older Frenchies are more likely to have existing health issues. If they get dehydrated, their health may become worse if they are not getting enough water.
Hot temperatures and Frenchies do not go well together. Frenchies have narrowed nostrils and elongated soft palates that affect their airflow. Their restricted breathing unfortunately makes it hard for them to cool down.
One way for them to cool down is to drink water, so on hot days, they will need to drink more. So if you live in a hotter climate, your Frenchie may not go without water for long.
Frenchies who have health problems should stay hydrated. Dehydration affects all their organs which will exacerbate any health issues they have.
A couch potato Frenchie may survive without water longer than an active Frenchie. Frenchies who are active will need more water to stay cool and hydrate themselves. So the longer they are without access to water, it will be quicker for them to become dehydrated.
How Can I Tell if My French Bulldog Is Dehydrated?
The first thing you will notice with a dehydrated Frenchie is excessive panting. The symptoms vary depending on the intensity of their condition. Here are other signs of dehydration that you may find helpful:
Loss of Appetite
Much like humans, if your Frenchie’s mouth is dry, it will be hard for them to swallow food. Sometimes, it can even be painful for them. Water is necessary for their digestive system since it uses water to process food.
Water is one of your Frenchie’s sources of energy. If they lack water, they will also lack the energy to play around. In line with this, your dehydrated Frenchie may feel weak and tired so they may sleep more than usual.
Dry Nose and Gums
Your Frenchie’s nose and gums are naturally moist, and if they become dry, is one sign of dehydration. Because their mouth becomes dry, their saliva also becomes thick and pasty.
Another moist part of your Frenchie’s body is their eyes. If they lack water, the muscles around your Frenchie’s eyes become too dry to move around. This causes their eyes to become dry and look sunken.
Your Frenchie’s dry eyes may also become irritated. This is because their eyes lack the necessary lubrication to clean itself
Changes in Their Pee
A dehydrated Frenchie may have a darker color than usual. The ideal color would be light yellow, which indicates proper hydration. The darker your Frenchie’s pee is, the more dehydrated they are.
Another thing to note is the volume of their pee. If they are peeing very little than usual, this usually means that they are not getting enough water.
What Can French Bulldog Puppies Eat?
While you can feed your Frenchie pup some table scraps, it is important to focus on a nutritious diet for them. To help them grow into healthy adults, their diet should consist of the following:
- Protein: For their muscles, skin, hair, ligaments, and tendons.
- Carbohydrates: For their source of energy.
- Vitamins: To enhance bone growth, blood clotting, and more.
- Minerals: For their bone development, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission.
- Fat: For healthy fur and skin, inflammation, and bone structure.
Sometimes, your Frenchie will ask for some of your food. And it can be hard to say no to their adorable faces. If you want to indulge them sometimes, here are some human food that they can eat:
- Peanut Butter
- Sweet Potatoes
- Some Fruits and Vegetables
There are some fruits and vegetables that are dangerous for your Frenchie. To be sure about what you can give them, here are some fruits and veggies that they can eat:
“Apples, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Celery, Cranberries, Cucumbers, Green beans, Mango, Oranges, Peaches, Pineapple, Peas, Raspberries, Strawberries, Spinach, Sweet Potato”
How Much Should I Feed My French Bulldog Puppy?
Frenchie puppies aged 8 to 12 weeks old will need about 1.5 cups of food a day. They will need bigger food portions at their age. So at 6 to 9 months old, they need about 2 to 2.5 cups of food a day.
How Many Calories Does a French Bulldog Puppy Need?
Like adult Frenchies, you should feed your pup between 25 to 20 calories per pound of body weight per day. It may be impractical to feed your pup this way since you need to know your pup’s weight whenever you feed them. Puppies undergo rapid weight gain until adulthood, so you will need to weigh them all the time.
With this, most Frenchie owners will feed their puppies by the cup instead of calories. Feeding them by cup will be easier to measure. Also, you will not have to measure your Frenchie constantly.
How Many Grams of Food Should I Feed My French Bulldog Puppy?
There is no definite answer to this since it will depend on the size of the kibble bits. According to estimates, 1 cup of dry food is equal to 8 ounces, and 8 ounces of dry food is equal to 226 grams. Based on these calculations, below is the amount your Frenchie pup needs in grams:
- 8 to 12 Weeks Old: 340 grams of dry food (12 oz)
- 6 to 9 Months Old: About 454 to 567 grams of wet food (16 to 20 oz)
These are rough estimates in feeding your Frenchie. As mentioned, it will still depend on their kibble bits sizes. So it is best to read the nutritional information in their dog food’s packaging.
Like feeding your Frenchie in calories, feeding them based on weight is also difficult to do. This is the reason why most guides you will find will recommend that you feed your Frenchie pup by the cup.
How Often Should I Feed My French Bulldog Puppy?
You must feed Frenchies smaller meals throughout the day. This is why most professionals will tell you to feed them at least thrice a day to make portions smaller.
Large meals can be dangerous to young Frenchies. It is difficult for them to reach the bottom of their bowls with their flat faces. Because of this, they tend to ‘inhale’ their food and they can choke on it.
The more serious concern here is gastric dilatation–volvulus (GDV). This painful condition can develop after your Frenchie eats a large meal. Most Frenchies do not have self-control, so there is a good chance that they will finish their large meal in one go.
When Should I Switch My French Bulldog From Puppy Food?
You can make the switch and feed your Frenchie adult food once they are fully grown. For smaller breeds like Frenchies, they reach their full height early at around 9 to 12 months old.
Frenchies will grow at different speeds, so there is no definite answer on when you can switch food. So it is best to talk to your vet and make sure that your Frenchie pup can now eat adult food.
What Food Should I Feed My French Bulldog?
Your Frenchie can eat dry food, wet food, or even raw food as long as it has the nutrition and vitamins they need. If you are buying commercial dog food, always check the nutritional information. Here is what you should find on the label:
Adult Frenchies need at least 18 percent of protein in their diets. Frenchies have stocky and muscular bodies and they need proteins to maintain this.
You should look for high-quality proteins that come from poultry and fish. Proteins from animals are the easiest for your Frenchie to digest. Keep in mind though that some proteins or too much protein can cause your Frenchie allergies.
Premium plant-based proteins are also a good option. Your Frenchie can get their protein requirements from lentils, chickpea, tofu, and peas.
Frenchies only need moderate to low amounts of carbohydrates in their diet. Your Frenchie does not get any nutritional value from these. But carbohydrates are your Frenchie’s main source of energy and dietary fiber.
Active Frenchies may need more carbohydrates because they will be burning more energy. Frenchies with normal activity levels may need less. Otherwise, they will have weight problems.
As much as possible, your Frenchie’s carbs should be from dietary fiber. This helps to avoid gassiness, digestive problems, or excess weight.
Your Frenchie needs a low percentage of fat in their diet. If you give them too much fat, this will also contribute to their weight gain. But your Frenchie does need healthy fat in their diet.
Frenchies need two types of healthy fat, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids. To highlight their importance, here are their benefits:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Reduces Inflammation (for Frenchies with arthritis)
- Improves Their Immune System
- Makes Their Heart and Kidney Healthy
- Enhances Their Skin and Coat
- Supports Puppies’ Brain Development
- Reduces Hyperactivity, Anxiety, and Depression
Omega-6 Fatty Acid
- Enhances Their Skin and Coat
- Maintains Proper Bone Structure
- Improves Cell Function and Membrane Structure
To see if your Frenchie’s dog food has Omega-3 fatty acids, look for fish oil or fish meal in the ingredients. DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) are also ingredients you should find.
To look for Omega-6 fatty acids, check if the ingredients have vegetable oils, corn oil, and soybean oil.
Vitamins and Minerals
It is best to choose a dog food made for French Bulldogs to get the right vitamins. The necessary vitamins your Frenchie needs are vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
There are many wonderful benefits in giving your Frenchie vitamins. This includes enhanced blood clotting and bone growth. It also helps them to produce energy and prevent oxidation.
Minerals that are essential in your Frenchie’s diet are calcium and phosphorus. These improve your Frenchie’s coat, bones, and muscles. Also, phosphorus aids in cellular repair, which senior Frenchies need.
What Human Food Do French Bulldogs Like?
No two dogs are the same, so your Frenchie’s food preferences may differ from another. There are a lot of human foods that your Frenchie can eat but in moderation. To figure out what your Frenchie likes, you have to let them try it out!
To help you with this, below are some human foods that are safe for Frenchies.
Fruits and Vegetables
Frenchies can eat any of the following:
“Apples, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Celery, Cranberries, Cucumbers, Green beans, Mango, Oranges, Peaches, Pineapple, Peas, Raspberries, Strawberries, Spinach, Sweet Potato”
Frenchies can also eat Asparagus, but this can be a choking hazard so you have to cut them up first. Plums are also fine, but you should only feed them the flesh. The pit of the plum is also a possible choking hazard.
Most Frenchies are happy to eat chicken, turkey, and beef. These three are common protein sources found in commercial dog foods and are a staple in most raw food diets.
You can also give these to your Frenchie as a treat. But make sure that you do not cook these in fatty oils or wine.
This is a common snack that a lot of fur parents give to their dogs. Like chicken, peanut butter is also a good source of protein and also fiber. You may need to be skimpy with this though, as this contains a lot of calories and fat.
And be careful in choosing what peanut butter to feed your Frenchie. Make sure it is all-natural and does not contain xylitol, which is a toxin to your Frenchie.
In moderation, cheese is a great treat for your Frenchie. This is a great source of protein, calcium, vitamin A, healthy fat, and B-complex vitamins. Not all Frenchies will like cheese though, as dairy may upset their stomachs.
Cheese may cause gassiness, diarrhea, or digestive issues. If your dog is lactose intolerant, you may want to avoid giving them cheese. Even the smallest amount of it may upset their stomach.
Yogurt is a great source of probiotics for your Frenchie. Probiotics help to digest their food, fight infections, and strengthen their immune system. It can also prevent anxiety and reduce their stress levels.
Like cheese, you should give your Frenchie only a little bit of yogurt as it also contains dairy. Make sure you give them yogurt without added sugars and xylitol too.
What Are French Bulldogs Favorite Treats?
If your Frenchie has their favorite food, you can use that as a treat for them. Peanut butter, deli meat, and even yogurt are popular Frenchie treats. You can use any commercial doggy treats, but they may be high in calories.
It can be easy to overindulge your Frenchie with treats and this causes them to be overweight. So if you want to give your Frenchie treats, choose a healthy and low-calorie option instead. Below are some excellent and healthy treat options your Frenchie will love:
These are very hydrating treats since watermelon has a water content of more than 90 percent. Most Frenchies will enjoy this fruit, especially when they eat it cold. This is a great treat for them on a hot day.
Apples are a great source of vitamin C and A, fiber, and calcium that are all essential to your Frenchie’s health. These also have low fat and calories while providing your Frenchie with natural sugars.
Before feeding your Frenchie apples, make sure to remove the seeds. The seeds contain cyanide, which is poisonous to your Frenchie.
If your Frenchie is overweight, these are a great treat for them. Cucumbers have minimal fat and carbs that keep them happy while not getting them heavier. Cucumbers are a great source of potassium, fiber, and magnesium, and are also very hydrating.
Pumpkins contain a lot of fiber, helping your Frenchie’s bowel movements. These also contain iron, zinc, and beta carotene, enhancing your Frenchie’s skin.
Rich in potassium, copper, fiber, and biotin, bananas make a great treat for your Frenchie. You should feed them bananas in moderation, though. Although bananas are low in sodium, they are high in sugar.
Packed with vitamin A, carrots help with your Frenchie’s eyesight and skin health. Boiled carrots are easier for them to eat, but they can also have fresh carrots. But you have to cut fresh carrots in bite-sized pieces to prevent your Frenchie from choking on them.
Blueberries are powerful antioxidant fruits that Frenchies love to eat when frozen. These fight off cancer and allergies, which Frenchies are prone to. Blueberries are also known to aid in skin healing.
What Meat Is Good for French Bulldogs?
Frenchies can eat a wide array of meat, which is great since protein should take up most of their diet. Chicken, beef, and pork are popular choices because they are most accessible. But the best meat you can give to your Frenchie is lean proteins.
Lean proteins have low saturated fat and are also low in calories. The best part is that you can find lean protein in popular meats, but you have to choose the right cuts. In chicken, for example, breasts and thighs are a great source of lean protein.
To help you with your Frenchie’s meals, below are great meat options for your Frenchie.
When feeding your Frenchie chicken, go for the breast or thigh part. You can feed them with or without bone, but bones may get stuck in your Frenchie’s intestines. Chicken breasts may be easier so that you will not have to debone them.
Chicken can offer your Frenchie protein and Omega-6 fatty acids. This can make their skin and fur shine, and it is also good for maintaining their muscles.
You need to be careful about feeding your Frenchie chicken, though. Some Frenchies are allergic to chicken which can make their skin red and itchy.
Another great option, beef has many lean cuts that you can feed your Frenchie with. Lean beef cuts include the following:
- Sirloin Tip Side Steak
- Top Round Steak
- Eye of Round Steak
- Bottom Round Steak
- Top Sirloin
Beef becomes tastier to your Frenchie if you saute it with veggies! Keep in mind that onions and garlic are toxic to your Frenchie. So you should not add these in with their beef.
Some cuts of pork are as lean or even leaner than chicken. So it is not a surprise that this popular meat is a great recommendation for your Frenchie. Lean pork cuts include the following:
- Pork Tenderloin
- Pork Boneless Top Loin Chop
- Pork Loin Roast
- Pork Center Loin Chop
- Pork Sirloin Roast
- Pork Rib Chop
Unlike most meats, it is best to feed your Frenchie eat well-cooked pork. Raw or half-cooked pork may contain parasites that are harmful to your Frenchie. Trichinella parasites cause diarrhea, vomiting, and even death.
Before feeding your Frenchie pork, make sure to clean and cook it well!
Lamb meat is a common ingredient in commercial dog foods. This is because your Frenchie can easily digest lamb meat, along with chicken meat. Vets recommend lamb meat for Frenchies with digestive problems and allergies.
Like pork, you should serve your Frenchie a well-done serving of lamb.
It may be weird that a “fatty fish” like salmon is on this list. But salmon is high in good fat, not bad fat. Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory benefits. This fatty acid also enhances your Frenchie’s skin and fur.
While salmon has many benefits, you should limit your Frenchie’s salmon intake. Although it contains good fat, it can still make your Frenchie gain weight.
This lean meat from deers has four main cuts: topside, knuckle, silverside, and rump. But you can also serve your Frenchie ground venison. The smell of venison may be unappealing to you, but most Frenchies will love the smell!
An alternative to beef, bison can be leaner than beef depending on the cut. Bison meat is also lower in calories and fat and higher in protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and iron compared to beef.
Chuck cuts are from a bison’s large shoulders. This cut is lean all over, so this is a great cut to feed your Frenchie.
The downside to bison is that it is hard to find in the market. So you may have to go to a farm to get your hands on this. With this, many Frenchie owners still opt to feed their Frenchie with beef.
Rabbit meat has the highest amount of protein per pound compared to other meats. It is also very lean, with the lowest fat and calorie content. This meat is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and calcium.
With this, it is no surprise that rabbit meat is one of the best meat that you can serve your Frenchie. But like bison meat, you may have to go to a farm to buy rabbit meat. This may be impractical for some Frenchie owners.
Another concern is that some Frenchies may not like how this meat smells. You can serve rabbit raw, but steaming or boiling may make it more appealing to your Frenchie.
Like salmon, tilapia is a great lean protein option with lots of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It is rich in vitamin D and potassium that can provide your Frenchie with a well-balanced diet.
But you need to make sure that you clean tilapia well before serving it to your Frenchie. This includes skinning, deboning, and cooking tilapia thoroughly.
Can I Feed My French Bulldog Cooked Chicken?
While you can feed your Frenchie raw chicken, it may be better to feed well-done chicken. Raw meat may have bacteria that cooking can kill. And you can risk your Frenchie getting ill from salmonella.
So if your Frenchie loves chicken, you should boil or steam it before they dig into their food bowls. Serve it with other boiled veggies and your Frenchie will be happy.
What Bones Are Good for French Bulldogs?
Frenchies can eat bones from chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, and oxtail. These bones are soft enough for them to chew on and are easy to digest. You should be very careful with bones though because it comes with some dangers.
Cooked bones can splinter and cause internal injuries to your Frenchie. This is why you should only feed your Frenchie raw bones.
Bones can also cause intestinal obstruction. In this condition, the bone cannot pass through your Frenchie’s intestines. This causes a partial or complete blockage, which can be fatal.
So why would you want to feed your Frenchie bones if it is risky? Dogs naturally eat bones in the wild, and this can benefit even domesticated dogs. Here are some of the benefits:
- Healthy Teeth and Gums: Chewing bones will brush your Frenchie’s teeth. This removes plaque and tartar, preventing dental diseases.
- Added Nutrition: Bones contain vitamins, minerals, and proteins. These are all essential in keeping your Frenchie healthy.
- Keeps Them Occupied: Bored Frenchies can keep themselves busy by chewing on a bone. This will also help to reduce their destructive chewing habits.
- Eases Teething Pain: If you have a puppy, they will chew on anything for comfort since teething is painful. Other than chewing toys, raw bones are also great for this.
Other than giving your Frenchie raw bones, make sure that they get the right-sized bone too. A small Frenchie cannot handle larger bones like other breeds.
In choosing bones, the safest options are cartilages, knuckles, and soft rib bones. These are soft enough and are easily digestible for your furry companion.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Beef Bones?
Frenchies can eat raw beef bones without problems. But you need to make sure that this is the right size for them as bones are a choking hazard. Your Frenchie needs to meticulously chew the bones before swallowing them.
Can French Bulldogs Have Rib Bones?
Raw rib bones are a great option to give to your Frenchie. Make sure to give them soft rib bones though, to avoid damaging their teeth. But rib bones can be dangerous to your Frenchie too.
Rib bones tend to be small, so these can get stuck in your Frenchie’s throat. Make sure to give them bones that are not smaller than their mouth. Your Frenchie may swallow small bones whole and this is a choking hazard.
What Raw Foods Can French Bulldogs Eat?
Frenchies will be happy to eat raw meat, fruits, and vegetables. Raw diets have many benefits to your Frenchie’s health. This is why many dog owners prefer to give this to their furry companions.
To get started with a raw diet, you must first know which raw foods you can serve your Frenchie. Below are some foods that you can feed your Frenchie raw.
You have a wide array of options for raw meat to feed your Frencie. This includes the following:
- Some Fish
You should take extra precautions with chicken, pork, and fish. While Frenchies are happy to eat these raw, it comes with a risk. Raw chicken, pork, and fish may contain harmful bacteria and parasites that can harm them.
So you need to make sure that you source these meats carefully. And before you feed it to them, thorough cleaning of the meat is a must. You can also freeze these meats for a few weeks before your Frenchie eats them to kill any pathogens.
Feeding them with organ meat is also great, but only in small amounts. Organ meat must only be 5 to 10 percent of your Frenchie’s meal. These are rich in nutrients and will supplement their diet.
Some organ meats include the following:
Packed with vitamins and minerals, fruits are a healthy treat for your Frenchie. Like animal meat, you also have a variety of options of fruits.
This list includes Apples, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cranberries, Cucumbers, Honeydew, Mango, Oranges, Peaches, Pineapples, Raspberries, Strawberries, and Watermelons.
When feeding your Frenchie fruits, make sure that they are in small and manageable pieces. Your Frenchie will enjoy some fruits more if they are cold.
Some Frenchies may prefer cooked vegetables. But others will enjoy them raw because they are crunchier this way. The only way to know your Frenchie’s preferences is to test these veggies raw:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
Vegetables may upset your Frenchie’s stomach, leading to gassiness and flatulence. If your Frenchie has this reaction, you can steam the veggies first so that it will be easier for them to digest.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Raw Meat?
As carnivores, French Bulldogs can eat raw meat. Since this is natural for them, you will see your Frenchie thrive with the many benefits of a raw food diet. Some of these benefits include the following:
- Softer, Shiner Coats
- Healthier Skin
- Reduced Allergies
- Better Teeth Health
- Fresher Breath
- Smaller, Consistent Stools
- Reduced Body Odor
- Reduced Bloating and Gassiness
- Better Reproductive Health
With a raw diet, you know exactly what your Frenchie is eating. These benefits are why a lot of fur parents are big fans of feeding their dogs a raw diet.
But there are also risks with going raw. Handling raw meat makes you and your Frenchie susceptible to bacteria and parasites. These pathogens can infect both of you, making you ill.
Other than that, there is a risk that your Frenchie will receive an unbalanced diet. While Frenchies are carnivores, a diet consisting of meat only is not good for them. Make sure to balance out their diet with grains, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Raw Bones?
When feeding your Frenchie bones, they should always be raw. While raw bones are a choking hazard, this is is a bigger problem with cooked bones. Cooked bones are brittle and will break when your Frenchie chews on them.
These bone splinters can injure their mouth and cause internal organ injuries. Also, splinters can obstruct your Frenchie’s esophagus, intestine, or trachea. There are many other risks with cooked bones, so always feed your Frenchie raw bones.
Can I Feed My French Bulldog Raw Chicken?
Raw chicken is a great lean meat option for your Frenchie. It is rich in proteins and Omega-6 fatty acids that enhance skin and muscle development. Many Frenchies have chicken as their favorite meat, while others cannot enjoy chicken.
While you can feed your Frenchie raw chicken, you should know that some of them are allergic to it. If you suspect that your Frenchie has an allergic reaction to chicken, here are the symptoms:
- Red and Itchy Skin
- Dry and Flaky Skin
- Excessive Licking and Scratching
- Bald Patches From Scratching
- Inflammation of the Ear
Other than allergies, there is also a risk of salmonella infections. The general symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, and nausea. For more severe infections, it can cause sepsis and death.
This is why you should source quality chicken when feeding it to your Frenchie raw.
Can French Bulldogs Have Egg?
Many professionals recommend adding eggs to your Frenchie’s diet. It is safe for them to have eggs in their meals from time to time as long as they do not react to it badly.
Eggs are rich in proteins, which can help in maintaining their muscles. And since egg yolks contain biotin, eggs also make their fur stronger and shinier. There are also other vitamins and minerals in eggs including:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Fatty Acids
Be careful with overindulging your Frenchie with eggs, though. While there are many benefits to it, eggs also contain a high amount of calories. Your Frenchie may gain excessive weight if they eat eggs a lot.
There are also nutritional benefits in the eggshell. Eggshells are a good source of calcium, but you should feed this to your Frenchie in powder form.
Frenchie puppies need more calcium than adults while they are growing. Their bones are still developing at a young age, which needs high amounts of calcium. And if your Frenchie has arthritis, calcium will also help to ease their joint pain.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Scrambled Eggs?
Some dog owners may argue that scrambled eggs are the best way to introduce eggs into a Frenchie’s diet. Even some veterinarians will recommend you to cook eggs for your Frenchie.
Cooking eggs will prevent bacterial infections, so eating eggs will be safer for them. For scrambled eggs, in particular, you can make the pieces smaller. This makes it easier for your Frenchie to eat and digest eggs.
When preparing eggs for your Frenchie, do not add additives when cooking. This means no oil, salt, butter, or other seasonings. A plain egg is all your Frenchie needs.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Raw Eggs?
Frenchies can eat raw eggs to make the most out of its benefits. While some vets urge you to cook eggs, others will recommend going raw. In the wild, dogs will eat the whole egg, even the shell.
There is a concern that cooking eggs may destroy their important nutrients. Sure, cooking eggs will kill any bacteria and salmonella in eggs. But this defeats the purpose of making your Frenchie eat eggs.
You can talk to your vet if you have concerns about feeding raw eggs to your Frenchie. Raw eggs are great for your Frenchie but in moderation. And the best option for your Frenchie will depend on how they react to it, and whatever you are comfortable with.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Dairy?
Dairy may be a good source of calcium. but it may not be the best idea to feed your Frenchie dairy products. Many dogs are lactose intolerant, so they cannot digest dairy well. Some symptoms of lactose intolerance in dogs include:
- Stomach Pain
- Other Digestive Issues
Your Frenchie may show these symptoms about 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingesting dairy. Small amounts will not harm them, but these are something to watch out for.
Another concern is lactose allergy. Some dogs will have an allergic reaction to lactose. This causes their skin to be itchy and your Frenchie can have a rash breakout.
Although most dogs cannot tolerate dairy, some can. In other dogs who are lactose intolerant, there are other forms of dairy that they have no problem eating.
Can French Bulldogs Have Cheese?
You may be wondering, why is cheese a popular treat for Frenchies even if many are lactose intolerant? Well, some Frenchies who are lactose intolerant may be able to handle cheese. Compared to milk, cheese and yogurt are easy to digest.
This tasty treat contains calcium, vitamin A, and proteins. While these are good for your Frenchie, cheese is also high in fat. So feed your Frenchie cheese in moderation, otherwise, they will become overweight.
But there are some low-fat cheeses that your Frenchie will enjoy. Soft goat cheese, mozzarella, and cottage cheese are all great options for treats.
There are also other cheeses that you should stay away from. Gorgonzola and blue cheese, for example, are not safe because of the mold and stilton. A lot of Frenchies are allergic to Penicillium glaucum, a mold commonly used in cheese.
Other than that, you should also stay away from high-fat cheeses. This can make your Frenchie gain excess weight. But it is also difficult for them to digest, causing stomach pain.
Can French Bulldogs Drink Milk?
You should look for other sources of calcium since Frenchies should not drink milk. A lot of Frenchies are lactose intolerant or have milk allergies, and it is not worth the risk. Most milk do not even contain enough amounts of calcium for your Frenchie.
Lactose is a complex sugar that is hard for your Frenchie to break down. If they drink too much, they will have stomach pain, diarrhea, and they may vomit. But a little amount of milk will not have any severe effects.
And even if your Frenchie does not have lactose intolerance, they may be allergic to milk. In case your Frenchie drank a lot of milk, you should know the symptoms of milk allergies:
- Excessive Licking and Scratching
- Red and Itchy Skin
- Dry, Flaky Skin
- Bald Patches From Excessive Scratching
- Ear Infections
- Skin Infections
Whether your Frenchie is lactose intolerant or allergic, milk can cause them discomfort. A few tablespoons are okay to indulge your Frenchie from time to time, though.
Since Frenchies have problems with dairy, what about plant-based milk? Plant-based milk does not have lactose, so you can say that this is better for your Frenchie. While that is true, these kinds of milk can still cause problems.
Rich in vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber, almond milk may be a good alternative to cow milk. But most almond milk in the market uses xylitol as a sweetener, which is very toxic to dogs. You can try this, but always check the label before buying one first.
Coconut milk can enhance your Frenchie’s immune system and coat. This can also make their breath smell better. But coconut milk is also high in fat, which can make your Frenchie overweight.
This milk contains vitamin A and D that support the immune system and help to prevent anemia. Oat milk is also high in fiber, which is a good thing but can also hurt your Frenchie. Too much fiber may upset your Frenchie’s stomach.
Although soy milk has protein and antioxidants, many Frenchies are allergic to soy. Soy allergy can cause hair loss, itchy skin, excessive licking, vomiting, and infections.
Frenchies can eat rice, so your Frenchie should be fine drinking rice milk. The issue is that rice milk has very low nutritional value compared to other plant-based milk.
Whatever milk you choose, the key is moderation. From the examples above, all cow milk alternatives also have a downside. Keep in mind, you should only use milk as a treat, not as a supplement for your Frenchie’s nutrition.
Can French Bulldog Puppies Have Cows’ Milk?
Cows’ milk should not be a substitute for dog milk since it does not have the right amount of protein and calories. A nursing Frenchie pup should only drink their mother’s milk. In cases where this is not possible, there is formula milk made for puppies, which is better.
If your Frenchie pup drank small amounts of cow milk, it should not cause any problem. Puppies are more capable of digesting lactose than adults. But you should not take advantage of this, even they can be lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy.
So if your Frenchie puppy cannot get its mother’s milk, the next best thing is a puppy milk replacer. These have the recommended amounts of protein, calcium, and fat. They are also lactose-free, so it is safe to use for their sensitive stomachs.
What Fruit Can a French Bulldog Eat?
Some fruits that are safe for your Frenchie to eat are apples, bananas, and oranges. While fruits are not necessary for dogs, they are a healthy alternative to most market treats. These commercial treats are often high in calories, which causes obesity in Frenchies.
Fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals and are low in calories. And your Frenchie can enjoy a wide variety of fruits! Below are some popular choices for your Frenchie.
Rich in antioxidants to help in neutralizing the ill effects of chronic inflammation. Blueberries are also high in vitamins and fiber and are low in sugar and calories.
Hydrating and sweet, many Frenchies enjoy cantaloupes. These are also rich in vitamins A, B, C, and potassium. Cantaloupes are also fairly low in calorie content, which helps in weight management.
Another hydrating snack, cucumbers are low in calories, sodium, oils, and fat. These are perfect for hot days to help with your Frenchie’s thirst.
This refreshing fruit is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Although it tastes nice, you should feed your Frenchie with honeydew in moderation. It contains a high amount of sugar, which is not recommended for diabetic Frenchies.
Like humans, Frenchies will enjoy a sweet mango. Packed with fiber, magnesium, and a variety of vitamins, these are healthy snacks for them. But you should only feed them the flesh, so remove the pit and the skin first.
Oranges have a lot of vitamin C, an essential antioxidant for your Frenchie. But these also contain a lot of sugar, so you should only feed your Frenchie oranges in small amounts. Be sure to remove the peel, seeds, and pith which can upset their stomach.
These are a popular summer treat for Frenchies, especially when chilled or frozen. Peaches contain antioxidants, healthy fat, vitamins, and fibers. These strengthen your Frenchie’s immunity to fight off infections and enhance their skin.
Sweet and refreshing, pineapples help with your Frenchie’s digestion because it contains bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that breaks down protein, which is the main staple in your Frenchie’s diet. Pineapples are also rich in various vitamin B’s and vitamin C.
With these benefits, it is tempting to give your Frenchie a lot of pineapples. But you should not do this since this fruit is also high in sugars. Small quantities are best.
These are the most hydrating fruit you can give your Frenchie as it is 92 percent water. Watermelons are a great source of vitamin A, B6, C, and also potassium. Make sure to feed your Frenchie the flesh, as the rind can block their intestines.
Other fruits Frenchies can eat include the following:
You should take extra precautions when feeding your Frenchie fruits. Do not feed them the skin or seeds, only feed them the flesh of the fruit.
Can French Bulldogs Puppies Eat Fruit?
Like adults, Frenchie puppies can eat fruits as well. But fruits should only be a treat and not a staple in their diets. As carnivores, too many fruits can upset their stomachs.
Although fruits are healthy, a lot of them are high in sugar which can harm your pup. A general rule of thumb is that treats should not be more than 10 percent of your Frenchie’s diet.
No matter what age your Frenchie is, you should prepare their fruits properly. Some fruits have edible flesh but toxic seeds, like cherries and plums. Fruit skins in general may upset their stomach since they cannot digest these.
To make sure your Frenchie is safe, here are some guidelines to make fruits safe for them.
Choose the Right Fruits
Some fruits are toxic to your Frenchie like avocadoes, lemons, and grapes. In the previous section, you will find a list of fruits that are safe for your Frenchie to eat.
In choosing fruits, here are important factors you should consider:
- Low Sugar: A lot of fruits are high in sugar, which leads to obesity, diabetes, and other health issues.
- Low Calories: Frenchies are prone to obesity, so avoid any excess calories in their diet.
- High Fibers: Fibers help to make your Frenchie feel full. It also helps improve their digestive health.
- High Water Content: It is hard for Frenchies to cool down, so a hydrating fruit can help them when it is hot.
Wash the Fruits
A lot of fruits in the market have pesticides used on them. Thorough washing should remove these and other harmful chemicals.
Remove the Skin, Stem, and Seeds
Some fruits have seeds containing cyanide, which is toxic to your Frenchie. Apples, cherries, and plums should always have their seeds removed. It may be hard for cherries since they are small, so you may want to avoid this fruit to be safe.
Cut Fruits in Bite-Sized Pieces
Smaller and manageable fruits will reduce the risk of your Frenchie choking. This will also make fruits easier for them to eat.
Don’t Indulge Them
Remember, fruits are treats and not a food staple for dogs. While fruits provide many benefits, they also tend to be high in sugar.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Bananas?
Bananas are safe for Frenchies to eat as long as you remove the peel since it is a choking hazard. These are rich in vitamins A and B, fibers, potassium. and biotin. This fruit can enhance your Frenchie’s heart and kidney health.
Although these are great, Frenchies should eat bananas in moderation. This fruit has a high sugar content, which is bad for weight management. Also, too many bananas can cause constipation in Frenchies.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Apples?
Apples are an excellent fruit for Frenchies because of their low sugar and fat content. It also contains vitamin C and A, calcium, fibers, and phosphorus. Also, apples are rich in pectin, which aids in your Frenchie’s digestion.
All these make apples perfect for diabetic and senior Frenchies. But you need to be cautious with apples since their seeds contain cyanide, which is toxic to Frenchies. But as long as you clean apples well, they should be fine.
Can French Bulldogs Have Berries?
Most popular berries are safe for your Frenchie to eat. Berries are a great snack for Frenchies because they tend to be low in sugar and calories and high in vitamins. Berries are also rich in antioxidants to combat free radicals.
A lack of antioxidants in your Frenchie’s diet can lead to the following:
- Skin Allergies
- Respiratory Issues
- Heart Problems
- Joint Problems
With this, berries can help to supplement your Frenchie’s nutrition. So if you want to feed your Frenchie berries, here are the safe options:
- Acai Berries
- Goji Berries
Other berries can be poisonous to your Frenchie. So you should stay away from the following:
- Bane Berries
- Mistletoe Berries
Can French Bulldogs Eat Strawberries?
Strawberries are a healthy, low-calorie fruit that Frenchies enjoy fresh or frozen. Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals, strawberries promote healthy bones and digestion. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids that enhance your Frenchie’s skin and fur.
Can French Bulldog Puppies Have Strawberries?
Like adult Frenchies, puppies can also have strawberries but in moderation. As long as they are in bite-sized pieces, they should not have a problem with it. You can also purée strawberries so that it is easier for them to eat.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Blueberries?
Blueberries are not only a superfood to humans but also to dogs. These contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. This fruit contains ellagic acid which can help to slow down or stop tumor growth.
Many dog owners use blueberries to train their Frenchie, replacing commercial treats. You can serve this fresh, but frozen blueberries are also great for summertime.
Can French Bulldogs Eat Raspberries?
Raspberries are also safe for Frenchies to eat. It has the same benefits as strawberries and blueberries as well. This fruit is high in fiber, which makes it a great choice for overweight Frenchies.
This is also a great fruit for Frenchies with joint problems. Raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties to ease joint pains.
Beware, raspberries contain small amounts of xylitol, a toxic substance to Frenchies. The amount is not enough to consider raspberries toxic to Frenchies, though. But you should still feed your Frenchie raspberries in moderation.
What Vegetables Can French Bulldogs Eat?
Popular vegetables that your Frenchie can eat include broccoli, carrots, and pumpkin. While these are not necessary for your Frenchie’s diet, they are a great addition. You can also use veggies as treats if your Frenchie loves them.
If your Frenchie does enjoy veggies, make sure to limit their veg to 10 percent of their daily calories. Remember that dogs are carnivores, and most of their meal should be protein.
Different veggies give different benefits. This is why it is helpful to know which ones your Frenchie can eat. Below are some popular veggie choices for Frenchies.
Although Frenchies can eat this, it may not be the best option for them. Asparagus stalks are nontoxic to them, but the fern is. And even if the stalk is okay, some Frenchies find this hard to eat.
The raw stalks should be in bite-sized pieces for your Frenchie. Even with this, some Frenchies may not like it because it is too tough. You can cook asparagus, but you will lose its nutrition in the process.
Also, raw asparagus can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and gassiness. So while this veggie is safe, you may not get the full benefits that it can offer.
This veggie is great for Frenchies as it contains fiber, vitamin C, and is low in fat. But broccoli also contains isothiocyanate, which can upset your Frenchie’s stomach. So feed your Frenchie broccoli in small quantities.
Frenchies can get vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidants from Brussel sprouts. While this veggie is healthy and safe for Frenchies, prepare yourself for their farts. Brussel sprouts can cause gassiness in Frenchies as it aids in their bowel movements.
Packed with fiber and vitamin, A, carrots are great for your Frenchie’s teeth. Some Frenchies enjoy this boiled, while others love the crunchiness of raw carrots.
Celery contains many vitamins that aid to fight cancer and enhance heart health. Some even claim that celery makes their Frenchie’s breath fresher! But celery can also cause frequent urination so make sure to feed them small amounts.
This is the best type of beans to feed your Frenchie. Green beans are rich in antioxidants, along with many vitamins and minerals. It is also high in fiber to keep your Frenchie feeling full while being low in calories.
Frenchies can eat different types of cabbages: green, purple, red, and more. Cabbages can aid in their digestion, promote healthy skin, and may help to fight cancer.
Raw cabbages contain thiocyanate, which can harm your Frenchie’s thyroid gland. You can feed cabbages raw but in moderation. But by cooking them, you can get rid of thiocyanate.
Steamed or boiled pumpkins are high in fiber and are low in calories. This makes this veggie a great option for overweight Frenchies. But make sure to only feed them the flesh, do not include the seeds, leaves, and stem.
While Frenchies can eat spinach, you must skimp on this veggie. It contains high amounts of oxalic acid that can damage your Frenchie’s kidneys. But in small amounts, spinach is high in vitamins that help keep them healthy.
Other veggies that are safe for your Frenchie to eat include the following:
- Aubergine or Eggplant
- Zucchini or Courgette
What Do You Feed a French Bulldog With a Sensitive Stomach?
If your Frenchie has a sensitive stomach, their diet will depend on what triggers it. A Frenchie’s sensitive stomach is usually caused by food allergies. Pinpointing the trigger is hard, this is why it is best to talk to your vet about your Frenchie’s diet.
There are a few dietary factors to consider for a Frenchie with a sensitive stomach. Below is a list of these.
A lot of commercial dog foods are high in carbohydrates. The carbs they use may even be of low quality to make the cost cheaper. Cheap carbohydrates like corn, wheat, and soy may trigger your Frenchie’s allergies.
Frenchies need a diet that is low in carbohydrates. A low-glycemic carb is better, like sweet potatoes.
A common meat allergen in Frenchies is chicken. Although this lean meat is a great source of protein, your Frenchie may be unlucky.
Too much protein can also upset your Frenchie’s stomach. So even if it is the main staple of their meals, always try to give them a balanced diet.
Although grains add fiber to your Frenchie’s diet for digestion, it may be the problem. Frenchies can have allergic reactions because of grains, especially wheat, corn, and soy. So make sure to limit grains in their diet, or get rid of them completely.
This is an unnecessary ingredient in dog food, serving no nutritional value. Fillers are low-quality, cheap, and high-carb ingredients to make your Frenchie feel full. These are usually hard to digest, causing stomach problems.
So for commercial dog food, whether wet or dry, you need to check the ingredients list. These common dog food ingredients below can cause an allergic reaction:
Your Frenchie may be allergic to certain foods that are not on this list. So the process of figuring out what food triggers their allergies may be long and tedious.
Other than food allergies, Frenchies can also have an intolerance to some foods. This causes them to vomit or have diarrhea.
An example of this is lactose intolerance. Most dogs are lactose intolerant, so your Frenchie may not be able to digest dairy properly. Milk can cause a significant reaction, but they tolerate yogurt and cheese better.
Should French Bulldogs Eat Grain-Free Food?
You may think that a grain-free diet is better for Frenchies but this is not true all the time. Some Frenchies are better off with a grain-free diet, while others are not. A grain-free diet may even have severe consequences on your Frenchie’s health.
While many argue that dogs do not eat grain in the wild, domesticated dogs have evolved to digest grains. These have even become a staple in dogs’ diets because of the benefits it brings.
Grains help to keep your Frenchie feel full. A grain-free diet may not satiate your Frenchie, so they may ask for more food. This can make them gain excess weight, which Frenchies are prone to.
The fiber in grains also helps to promote digestion. Insoluble fibers help waste move through your Frenchie’s digestive system. Soluble fiber stimulates the growth of good bacteria in their intestines. This is because soluble fiber is what the good intestinal bacteria feed on.
This improved digestibility means your Frenchie can get more nutrition from their food. And their stool will become more solid, which will be easier to clean up.
Grains are not all that bad, but why are many Frenchie owners avoiding this? The main concern about grains is that it is a common food allergen in Frenchies. This causes the following symptoms:
- Excessive Itching and Licking
- Hair Loss
- Bald Patches
- Itchy and Red Skin
It is hard to watch your Frenchie undergo an allergic reaction. So for Frenchies who are allergic to grain (soy, wheat, corn, barley), it would be better to go grain-free.
Whether your Frenchie has grain allergies or not, be careful with grain-free dog food. There is a possible link between grain-free foods and heart disease in dogs. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) to be specific.
DCM, or canine heart disease, weakens their heart’s ability to pump. This will often lead to heart failure. This disease causes the following symptoms:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Increase in Heart Rate
So only consider going with a grain-free diet if your Frenchie has a grain allergy. If your Frenchie does not have this, it is best to be on the safe side and avoid grain-free dog food.
What Foods Can French Bulldogs Not Eat?
Some foods like onions are poisonous to Frenchies. While there are a lot of foods that are safe for them, there are also quite a few that you should avoid. Knowing what these foods are is part of figuring out the best meals for your Frenchie.
Below is a list of dangerous foods that you may find useful.
Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Chives
Vegetables that are part of the plant family Allium are poisonous to dogs. Ingesting these can upset their stomach, cause diarrhea, and nausea. In large quantities, these can cause your Frenchie’s red blood cells to rupture.
Some mushrooms are safe for Frenchies, but it is best to avoid them completely. These can be toxic to your Frenchie, causing seizures, organ failure, and even death.
Pay special attention to certain mushrooms. You should not give the following to your Frenchie under any circumstances:
- Death Cap Mushroom
- Angel of Death
- Panther Cap
- Fly Agaric
- Beefsteak Mushroom
- Hallucinogenic Mushrooms
These are only a few examples of mushrooms that are toxic to Frenchies, there are a lot more. Because of this, mushrooms are not recommended for your companion.
Uncooked potatoes contain solanine, which is toxic to Frenchies. While it only has a small amount of this, ingesting this in large amounts can be fatal. Although cooking will destroy the bulk of solanine, it can still be worrying.
This may be an enjoyable sweet treat for humans. But chocolates contain theobromine, a toxic substance for dogs. Chocolates can cause abnormal heartbeats, seizures, tremors, and even death.
While they can eat the stem, rhubarb leaves are toxic to Frenchies. Ingesting these can cause excessive drooling, lethargy, and kidney failure. These symptoms are enough for rhubarb, as a whole, to be on this list.
Many vets will advise you to stay away from this vegetable. Kale is rich in calcium oxalate and can cause kidney and bladder stones. Some Frenchie owners may recommend kale, but it is best to listen to professionals.
Some pepper varieties are okay for Frenchies in moderation. Peppers are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A which are great for them. But there are also other varieties that you should not feed your Frenchie:
- Cayenne Pepper
- Jalapeno Pepper
- Tabasco Pepper
- Chili Pepper
- Paprika Pepper
Bones become brittle when cooked. Your Frenchie’s strong jaw can easily splinter cooked bones when they chew on it. This can cause internal injuries in your Frenchie’s digestive tract.
This is why if you want to feed your Frenchie bones, always serve them raw. Raw bones are also more nutritious for them.
The main issue with nuts is that they are a choking hazard. While some are safe to consume, others can upset your Frenchie’s stomach. Your Frenchie may experience vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal blockages, and more.
Macadamia nuts are especially dangerous to Frenchies because they are very poisonous. Other nuts, like hickory nuts and pecan nuts, are also toxic, but to a lesser extent.
With the dangers of nuts, here is a list of nuts that Frenchies should not eat:
- Macadamia Nuts
- Brazil Nuts
- Pistachio Nuts
- Pecan Nuts
- Hickory Nuts
Any food or drink with methylxanthines is poisonous to Frenchies, caffeine is one of them. These can cause digestive issues, dehydration, nausea, and other symptoms. Some products that contain caffeine include:
- Soft Drinks
- Some Human Medicines
Like humans, salty foods can cause dehydration to your Frenchie. Salty snacks tend to have additives that can cause allergic reactions too. Too much salt can lead to poisoning which has the following symptoms:
- Kidney Failure
No matter how much your Frenchie begs to have a piece of your burger, do not give in. Fatty foods not only make your Frenchie gain weight, they can lead to other serious health issues. This includes pancreatitis, heart disease, and more.
So do not give them bacon, fries, and other food that are high in saturated fats, like fried food.
Artificial Sweeteners (Xylitol)
The most harmful of these is xylitol, a common sweetener for human food. Xylitol is very toxic to Frenchies and has a long list of ill effects when ingested. This sweetener is present in the following products:
- Sweets and Candies
- Fruit Drinks
- Some Baked Goods
- Some Peanut Butters
What Fruits Can French Bulldogs Not Eat?
Some fruits have flesh that is okay for Frenchies to eat, like cherries and plums. But the seeds contain a toxic substance that can harm your furry companion. Others, like grapes, are dangerous as a whole.
Packed with vitamins and minerals, fruits are a healthy treat for Frenchies. But some cause more harm than good. So, below is a list of dangerous fruits for Frenchies.
Grapes and Raisins
These are some of the most harmful foods for Frenchies. Grapes and raisins are toxic to Frenchies because they contain salicylate and mycotoxin. These substances can cause a lot of health issues, including kidney failure in extreme cases.
Although this fruit is rich in good fat, it contains a toxic substance called persin. Persin can cause pancreatitis and gastrointestinal issues, to name a few ill effects.
The real danger of avocados lies in the pits, leaves, and seeds. These parts contain the most amount of persin. While the flesh has a lower amount of this, it is enough to cause your Frenchie problems.
Unripe tomatoes are harmful to Frenchies because it contains solanine, a toxic substance. Even if red tomatoes are okay, it is best to play safe and avoid any kinds of tomatoes.
The main organic acids in tomatoes are malic and citric acid. These also have the potential to harm your Frenchie.
Lemons and Limes
These sour fruits contain psoralen compounds and aromatic oils, both toxic substances. Both of these can hurt your Frenchie’s stomach. It is a good thing that most Frenchies do not like the taste of lemons or limes.
The main concern about plums is their pit. The pit is a choking hazard and can cause intestinal blockage when ingested. An even bigger issue is that the pit contains cyanide, a toxic substance to Frenchies.
Although the flesh of this fruit is nontoxic, it can still cause problems. Plum is a laxative to Frenchies and can cause loose bowels. With this, plums are not the best fruit choice for your Frenchie.
Concerns about this fruit are the same as plums, the seeds. They are a choking hazard and also contain cyanide. Cyanide is dangerous because your Frenchie’s blood cells will not get enough oxygen.
The symptoms of cyanide poisoning are difficulty breathing, red gums, and dilated pupils. Also like plums, the flesh is okay to eat. But this is still risky.
What Foods Are French Bulldogs Allergic to?
The common cause for allergies in Frenchies is due to meat or grain. Allergic reactions in Frenchies are worrying, so watch out for these allergens:
Allergies can cause your Frenchie’s skin to become itchy. With excessive scratching, their skin can become red. This can also lead to patches of hair loss if left untreated. Other than these, your Frenchie may also experience vomiting and diarrhea.
Of all these allergens, dairy is most interesting. Frenchies can either be allergic to it or have an intolerance to it. Since most dogs are lactose intolerant, there is a high chance that your Frenchie is too.
So for lactose intolerant Frenchies, you should avoid milk. But they may be able to handle cheese and yogurt better since they are easier to digest. Both are great treats for them, especially yogurt, which is the healthier option.
Even if these are the common food allergens, your Frenchie can be allergic to anything. The best way to figure out their allergic triggers is to visit your vet. You can do this yourself by eliminating certain food one by one, but this is tedious.
What Is Poisonous to French Bulldogs?
It is common knowledge that chocolates are poisonous to dogs. With poisonous products, food is most dangerous because Frenchies will eat almost anything. Sometimes they will even beg for a piece of your food, but a lot of human foods are toxic to them.
As a responsible fur parent, you should know what products are poisonous to your Frenchie:
- Chocolate: This contains theobromine, a toxic substance. Dark chocolate is most harmful to Frenchies.
- Allium Veggies: This includes onions, garlic, chives, and onions.
- Xylitol: An artificial sweetener common in gums, this is more dangerous than chocolate. Peanut butter is a popular snack for Frenchies and some may contain xylitol. A lot of candies and sweets also contain this.
- Avocado: The whole fruit contains the toxin persin. The amount varies depending on the part of this fruit, but the pit is most dangerous.
- Grapes: Including raisins, this is one of the worst fruits you can give your Frenchie.
- Macadamia: This nut can cause pancreatitis, a painful condition for Frenchies. It can also affect your Frenchie’s organs, which can be fatal.
- Fruit Pits or Seeds: Usually, fruit pits and seeds contain cyanide. This toxic substance is in cherries, apples, peaches, and plums.
- Alcohol: Any drink or food that contains alcohol can cause fatality. Ingesting these can cause tremors, difficulty breathing, coma, and even death.
- Caffeine: Certain foods, drinks, and medicines contain this toxic substance. Caffeine can cause severe health issues and can cause death.
- Nutmeg: This spice contains myristicin which can cause stomach aches, seizures, and hallucinations.
- Mold: Moldy food contains mycotoxins which can cause poisoning when ingested. This can grow on fruits, coffee beans, cereal, and more.
Other nonfood products that are poisonous to you Frenchie are:
- Human Medications
- Cleaning Agents
- Household Plants
What Plants Are Poisonous to French Bulldogs?
Unfortunately, a lot of plants are poisonous to Frenchies, including lilies. So if you love both plants and Frenchies, you have to make a sacrifice. Pet-proof your home by avoiding these plants indoors:
“Aconitum, Agave, Aloe Vera, Amaryllis bulbs, Arum Lilies, Asparagus fern, Azalea, Citrus, Clivia, Corn plant, Cyclamen, Daffodil bulbs, Daylilies, Delphiniums, Dog’s Mercury (Mercurialis perennis), Elephant ear, Fig, Foxgloves, Hemlock, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Ivy, Laburnum, Lily of the valley, Lupins, Mistletoe, Monstera deliciosa, Morning glory, Mushroom plants, Nightshade, Oleander, Rhododendron, Rhubarb leaves, Sago palm, Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata) Sweet pea, Tomato leaves and stems, Taxus, Tulip bulbs, Umbrella plant, Wisteria, Wolfsbane, and Yew”
This is a long list and may be impossible to memorize. So you should keep a list of these dangerous plants at home to be safe.
Why Is My French Bulldog So Picky?
Some Frenchies will refuse to eat certain foods just because they do not like them. But the more probable reason might be that you are not using the right food bowl. The wrong bowl will make eating uncomfortable for them, so they will not bother with it.
Keep in mind that Frenchies have weird proportions. They have short necks that can only extend so much and flat faces. It will be hard for them to reach the bottom of their bowls.
When they do reach the bottom of their bowl, they can ‘inhale’ their food because of their flat faces. This is very uncomfortable for them, so they may negatively associate eating.
The good news is that there are doggy bowls in the market that are suitable for Frenchies! The choices include anti-choke bowls, elevated bowls, and slow-feeder bowls. Any of these bowls can help make eating a positive experience for your Frenchie.
What Can I Feed My Picky French Bulldog?
If you have a Frenchie who is a picky eater, try to entice them by making their food smell better. Since dogs have an excellent sense of smell, you can use this to your advantage. Below are two ways you can make their food more inviting.
Switch to Wet Food
This may be smelly to you, but Frenchies find the strong smell of wet food irresistible. Compared to dry food, wet food is also easier to chew, which they may appreciate. You can mix both wet and dry food, but make sure that the dry food is soft enough when you serve it.
It is also a good thing to switch the flavor of their wet food from time to time. Frenchies will enjoy variety in their meals, which may help them be open to new food.
Add Human Food
You can also add Frenchie-safe human food to their meals. Most Frenchies are open to eating boiled chicken. But you can also add in other food that has a strong aroma to make your Frenchie drool.
This is also a great opportunity to add veggies to your Frenchie’s diet. Vegetables have essential vitamins and minerals and contain fiber that aids in digestion.
Why Is My French Bulldog Not Eating?
This can be due to something as silly as being a picky eater to something more serious like health issues. Whatever the reason may be, a Frenchie who does not eat is alarming. They have a huge love for food, after all.
So if your Frenchie does not touch their food, it may be because of the following.
Any pain or discomfort in your Frenchie’s mouth can make eating undesirable for them. There are many possible causes for the pain including:
- Loose or Broken Teeth
- Gum Infections
- Stuck Foreign Objects
- Tooth Decay
- Dental Diseases
Frenchies with dental issues will drool, whine, and have bad breath. So make sure to check their mouths if they do not eat.
Frenchies who have upset stomachs will throw up and not eat. Since they have sensitive stomachs, feed them bland foods to not upset their tummy even more. If this does not resolve after two days, take your Frenchie to the vet right away.
Being sick makes your Frenchie lose their appetite. Many health issues can cause this, so it is better to seek your vet’s help to know the exact cause. Frenchies who are sick will also show the following symptoms:
- Decreased Water Intake
- Quick Weight Loss
- Aggressive Behavior
Temperature can also affect your Frenchie’s appetite. During hotter days, it is normal for dogs to become lethargic. So they will eat less, but this is nothing to worry about.
Stress or Anxiety
A stressed or anxious Frenchie may not touch their food, like humans. This can be due to separation anxiety, environmental changes, or a new family member.
Older people tend to eat less, and that is also true for dogs. As your Frenchie ages, their sense of smell will start to decrease. Since they also use this sense to eat, they may not crave food as much.
A change in brand, food type, or flavor can put your Frenchie off. They got so used to the same food that they do not want anything else. If your Frenchie has been eating the same food for a while, introduce new foods to them slowly.
If you indulge your Frenchie with snacks, chances are that they are not hungry for mealtime. So as much as you want to give them their favorite snack, you have to control their treats.
Why Is My French Bulldog Puppy Not Eating?
Frenchie pups can have decreased appetites because of the reasons above. But the most likely cause for this is due to vaccinations. At this age, they are going to get a few rounds of vaccine shots.
Loss of appetite because of this is normal, though. With vaccines, their bodies concentrate on producing antibodies in response. So after a few days, their appetite should be back to normal.
What Do I Do if My French Bulldog Will Not Eat?
While it is best if you take your Frenchie to the vet, there are ways that you can solve their eating problem at home. Try to do these tips below for two days. If your Frenchie’s appetite still does not come back after that, take them to the vet immediately.
You can help bring back your Frenchie’s appetite with the following:
Keeping your Frenchie active will make them hungrier. Before mealtime, you can go on a quick stroll around the block. This will use up their energy and will make them more likely to eat.
Skimp on Treats
If possible, do not give your Frenchie treats between meals. These can make them feel full so by the time you serve them dinner, they might not be hungry anymore.
Change Their Feeding Location
Frenchies must eat uninterrupted. If they eat in a spot with many distractions, move them to a silent and comfy place.
Change Their Food
You can add some other smelly food to your Frenchie’s meals to make it more appetizing. This can be chicken, or you can even mix wet food into their kibbles.
Other than that, you can also make their food softer by adding water. Softer foods are easier for them to chew and digest, so this might help.
Why Is My French Bulldog Always Hungry?
Frenchies are a food-motivated and intelligent breed. If you give in to them too much, they will know that begging can get them treats. And as long as you give them food whenever they act cute, they will keep doing this.
This may be a silly reason for their insatiable appetite, but this is the common cause. Other reasons are scary, because your Frenchie may have an underlying illness.
Health issues associated with increased appetite include the following:
Frenchies with diabetes will experience rapid weight loss despite having an increased appetite. Other symptoms include excessive thirst and urination. Diabetic Frenchies need insulin therapy to stabilize their sugar level.
This disease is common in adult or older Frenchies. Other than increased appetite, other symptoms of Cushing’s disease include:
- Extreme Thirst
- Increase Urination
- Excessive Panting
- Hair Loss
- Recurring Skin Infections
There are cancerous tumors that increase your Frenchie’s appetite. Leiomyosarcoma and adenocarcinoma are examples of intestinal tumors.
These tumors make it hard for your Frenchie to absorb nutrients from food. This is why your Frenchie becomes more insatiable.
Malabsorption can also be due to reasons other than tumors. Chronic diarrhea can also make your Frenchie’s appetite increase. To know if this is the cause, here are other symptoms of this health issue:
- Smelly Stool
- Weight Loss
- Rumbling Stomach
- Dull Coat
How Do I Stop My French Bulldog From Eating Everything?
For healthy Frenchies, you have to teach them to become more patient when it comes to food. This will entail a lot of training, but they should get there with consistency and repetition. Here are a few simple ways to do this:
Feed Them First
Before you eat your meals, make sure that they feel full. This can help to reduce the begging, which many Frenchies do.
Ignore the Begging
If your Frenchie still begs after a hearty meal, ignore them. You should also tell other family members to not pay your Frenchie any attention. Especially if you have guests over for dinner.
Other than ignoring them, you can also train them not to ask for food. You should teach him to sit and wait patiently in a corner before serving them food. And when it is time to eat, reward them with an appetizing meal for their good job. With this, they will learn that whining or begging will not get them what they want.
Change the Way They Eat
Slow-feeder bowls, raised bowls, and automatic feeders can help them to eat slower. You can also feed your Frenchie by hand to reduce their pace.
But if your Frenchie has an increased appetite due to health issues, you should take them to the vet. They should be able to give you treatment plans specific to their illness.