French Bulldog Food
The French bulldog first came to be in the 1800s when they were the result of a cross between Toy Bulldogs of English origin and Parisian Ratters. In recent years, this breed has seen a surge in popularity and now they are a very familiar sight and popular as a domestic pet. Unfortunately, and is often the case with cross breeds, they are not without health issues. We take a look at how raw diet for French Bulldogs can help improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing and overall lifespan of a breed that also require a moderate exercise regime.
French Bulldogs Need the Right Diet
It is no secret that the French Bulldog breed is prone to health issues. This is due to how they are bred and the shape of their face. The fact that they are a brachycephalic breed (short-nosed), means that they have trouble breathing. This you can tell by the way they snuffle and snort especially when exercising. They are also prone to other conditions such as hip dysplasia, skin sensitivities and upset stomachs.
Maintaining Their Weight
Along with their breathing issues, Frenchies can develop serious health problems if they are overweight. The extra weight makes it even harder for them to breathe properly. When feeding therefore, it is very important that they are given a healthy, clean diet that is full of the right nutrients, not one that is composed of fillers, additives and other nasties that will only add to their health problems and your vet bills! Their diet should consist of biologically appropriate protein and healthy fats, ground bone and vegetables such as carrots, leafy greens, and broccoli which are packed with the required vitamins and minerals. They also need to be receiving the correct calcium to phosphorus ratio. All of this can be found by selecting the correct raw diet for French Bulldogs.
Improving Their Immune System
A natural raw diet will help with improving their overall immune system and subsequently their health. In order to improve the health of your French Bulldog, you first need to understand how the gut health of dogs and therefore what you put in that gut can have a massive impact on the dogs overall wellbeing. With all breeds, and particularly those that suffer from these sort of issues, you want to maximise their defences and ensure that their immune system is in peak condition. To do this, you start with improving their gut flora.
What is Gut Flora and How Can You Improve it?
Gut flora is the name that is given to the good bacterial microorganisms found in a dog’s digestive tract. Processed, manufactured dog food is loaded with additives, synthetics and chemicals which can upset the gut flora and lead to a condition called ‘Leaky Gut’, where the intestine becomes permeated. There is a delicate intestinal mucosa lining and protecting the gut which allows the digested nutrients to pass through the system into the blood stream. This mucous lining provides an effective barrier against toxins passing through and entering the dog’s system. When this lining becomes compromised by the wrong foods, the dog is more prone to illness.
Avoiding Food Sensitivities and Skin Conditions
A raw diet for French Bulldogs is the one that nature intended. It is species appropriate, clean and unadulterated and doesn’t contain any nasty additives or chemicals that can upset the gut health of the dog. Digestive issues can often be avoided and you can minimise the threat of potentially serious illnesses and skin conditions. Leaky Gut is often the main underlying cause of skin irritation and food sensitivities in many dogs, especially in breeds such as the French Bulldog. With the right raw diet for French Bulldogs, they can be protected against such symptoms as itchy and flaky skin, constant licking or chewing of paws, hair loss and even bouts of D&V.
Flatulence Can be Avoided
Now, there are many owners of French Bulldogs that will be nodding their head in appreciation at this. Because of the shape of their face, and the fact that they struggle with breathing, they can have trouble taking in air correctly when they eat. As a result, the dog gulps air which can lead to flatulence. In order to reduce and prevent the large levels of gas, a raw diet is much easier to ingest and to digest. The ingredients found in an all-natural raw meat and vegetable diet are exactly what the dogs gut is designed to process compared to a heavily refined commercial dog food diet.
Less Rubbish in, Less Rubbish out!
As well as flatulence, you will notice a reduction in the amount of waste that they excrete. Simply explained, when feeding a raw diet, as so much more of the food the dogs eats is of a higher nutritional content, their body absorbs and utilises almost all of it. With intensively processed and synthetic foods such as kibble, much of the contents are nutritionally useless to the dog and are therefore passed through the gut and fired straight back out of their body leaving you following them round picking up an abundance of poo.
Giving them Added Protection
In addition to feeding natural raw diet for French Bulldogs, extra dietary support supplements such as Maximus, can aid the dog further by offering a super boost of organic nutrients and botanicals which deliver even more protection. Supplementation can be a fantastic belts and braces way to ensures your dog is getting the very best nutrition that you can possibly give them. As the bull breeds are renown for genetic joint issues, Flexx is another excellent choice of supplement to give to a French Bulldog. Flexx can help to prevent against conditions such as hip dysplasia as it protects the joints against inflammation. The natural, organic ingredients are designed to aid the prevention of bone degeneration and assist cartilage repair. This dual-purpose product also targets skin health and coat condition with noticeable results.
For more help and information about feeding your French Bulldog a raw dog food, please get in touch with us and we will be only too happy to help and advise you on switching your dog to ProDog Raw.