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Bulldogs And French Bulldogs Grain-Free Diets

Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Grain-Free Diets

Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Grain-Free Diets Must Know During the domestication evolution, dogs genetically evolved from being predominantly meat-eaters to the present mixed-diet ones.

Grains are dry seeds harvested from flowering plants, like rice, corn, oats, quinoa, wheat, and barley. Erroneously many bulldog and French bulldog owners equate grain-free with carbohydrate-free. In reality, “Grain-Free diets” simply replace the grain with other carbohydrate sources like potatoes and legumes such as green peas, chickpeas, and lentils.

* Grains benefits to bulldogs and French bulldogs also include growth stimulation of beneficial gastrointestinal-bacteria (Probiotics), as well as providing your bulldog essential vitamins and minerals.
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Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Grain-Free Diets ALERT:

There is a new alert from the FDA (July 2019) showing a possible link between GRAIN-FREE diets and Canine Cardiomyopathy (heart disease that can lead to congestive heart failure).

Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Grain-Free Diets Must Know

In the cases where the dogs ate only a single primary diet and did not eat multiple foods, excluding treats, 90% reported feeding a Grain-Free food.” 
The release states there appears to be an association between Grain-Free diets and the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).”

Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Grain-Free Diets MYTH

Grain-free diets are very popular among bulldog owners mostly due to the notion that grain is unhealthy and also leads to allergies.


Grains are considered by many bulldog owners as the lead cause of food allergy, hence the rising popularity of Grain-Free diets.
The fact is that proteins, not grains (carbohydrates) are the common source/cause of bulldog food allergy.   
If you suspect that your bulldog or French bulldog is suffering from a food allergy due to grain then you can test this claim by feeding your bulldog with the same dietary protein source as your current diet but grain-free (i.e. everything should stay the same other than the grain part).


Food Allergy Dermatitis
If the allergy is skin-related you should run the trial for 8 weeks
Food Allergy Gastroenteritis
if it’s gastrointestinal related two weeks are usually enough.

Dr. R.J. Kraemer Dr. Kraemer is a Tufts Veterinary School 1991 Graduate (Boston, MA). He is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the SCVMA (Southern California Veterinary Medical Association) and has been practicing veterinary medicine and surgery in Orange County, California for over 20 years. Dr. Kraemer has a special interest in Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and other Brachycephalic breeds, and their unique medical and surgical needs, such as breathing and airway conditions, joint pain, ligament and tendon injuries, ear canal disease, skin and allergy problems, eyes and eyelid abnormalities, as well as other medical conditions related to the breed. Dr. Kraemer is also a leading provider of in-house same-day stem cell therapy and cryobanking for dogs and cats. Dr. Kraemer has a long-lasting relationship with Bulldog Rescue, he provides shelter, medical, and surgical services to their bulldogs.