Ultimately, every dog owner wants what’s best for their dog, and that includes the yummiest, healthiest, most nutritious food. However, that’s quite a complicated topic and even a cause of heated debate. In this day and age, there is an abundance of food styles or options you can offer your dog, from raw to production food, and there are great arguments for each one. Unfortunately, our pups can’t talk to us and tell us what they prefer, so this is in many ways similar to choosing food for a baby.
First of all, we here at Canadian Frenchies wanted to make a disclaimer that anything you decide for your furry friend is ultimately up to you. Any comments made in this article or any other article on our site, are entirely our own.
Some people have specific diets that they follow in their own lives so they decide, out of convenience or conviction, to incorporate that same food into their dog’s diet. This is not a decision you should take lightly since dogs and humans have different nutritional needs. The same food that works great for your health may deprive your beloved puppy of essential nutrients, so we recommend asking the vet first.
Mind the treats!
Overfeeding your dog can cause serious health problems, but many owners forget that the calories in treats count too. Yes, here at Canadian Frenchies, we understand that it’s hard to resist a cute puppy face and that you want to reward your dog, but too many treats can do more harm than good! If you do decide to give your dog treats regularly, try offering them something more natural, like a small piece of meat, dried liver, apple pieces or even ice cubes.
What’s best for your pup? Raw or production food?
Feeding your dogs “raw” is a huge trend among pet owners these days and is based on the idea that dogs should eat the food they ate in nature, before they were domesticated. This includes uncooked food, such as raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables. Although there are no credible long-term studies to suggest that raw food is indeed better, some vets have recommended it, so the topic is worth researching.
Advocates of raw dog food say that some breeds, such as racing greyhounds and sled dogs, thrive on this diet and that store-bought food can be detrimental to their health. However, this type of food poses some risks as well. More specifically, the bacteria in raw meat can cause diseases in dogs and bones can cause internal punctures.
The use of raw food in the diets of French Bulldogs is problematic because they have been domesticated and raw food simply isn’t something that they are used to. Besides, their bodies may be unable to break down certain foods, so even if you feed them enough, they may not get all the nutrients they need.
Compared to production food, raw food is also more expensive. Because you would have to ensure a constant supply of fresh raw meals for your pup, the costs will soon add up.
No matter what diet you decide to feed your dog, remember that consistency is key. All new foods must be introduced slowly, to allow their body to get used to them, otherwise they can have tummy troubles. Tracking their bowel movements and the colour, size, and texture of their stool is also essential. This way, you can see if the food they eat is well tolerated or harms them.
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