Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs
and French Bulldogs

Grain and Food Allergy in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs is very poplar among bulldog owners. First, I will put the “My bully can’t digest grains!” myth to rest…. yes they can! Pre-domesticated dogs ate a mostly vegetarian diet and “learned” how to digest some of their GI content as the wolf and fox still do to this day. We also know that during the domestication evolution, dogs genetically evolved as we humans did from being predominantly meat protein eaters to the present mixed-diet ones. Humans and dogs both became better suited to digested grain, fruit, vegetables and other starch. In other words, you have a pet dog at home, not a wolf. Over time and thousands of years of domestication, your bulldog and french bulldog puppy digestive tract has evolved to one of a carnivore that poses all the digestive tools to deal with the feared grain.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs V4B  Maintenance

Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

In contrast to popular belief among bulldog and french bulldog puppies owners, there are many nutritional benefits to grain. Grains stimulate the growth of beneficial, “good” gastrointestinal bacteria (i.e. probiotics). It’s important to know that many of those grains also provide your bulldog puppy essential vitamins & minerals. The latest research has shown compelling evidence to the benefits of grains and their importance to the general health of your bulldog puppy. Remember, an active, modestly fed, lean bulldog is always better than an overfed, overweight and inactive one.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs V4B Bulldog Rule Of Thumb:

The main protein source in most bulldog puppies diets as well as mature bulldogs and other canine breeds’ diets,  is not derived from carbohydrates but rather the meat portion of their diets (animal source). As you know, grains are mostly carbohydrates though they also contain some protein source. For more about this topic see my article on “bulldogs and food allergy”.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs V4B Bully Tips & Warnings

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #1: (DrKraemers.com) Some grain is often better than no-grain (i.e. grain free).

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #2: (Vet4HealthyPet.comProtein is the most important ingredient in your bulldog puppy diet. Protein from animal sources, rather than grain sources are the most complete, easily digested, and deliver the best biological value.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #3: (StemCell4Pet.comWhole food meals are better than processed. Your own physician does not advocate that you regularly eat highly processed foods, the same should apply to your bulldog.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #4: Whole, fresh, organic, unprocessed ground grains such as rice, oats, barley, millet and alternatives such us potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc. retain more of their nutrients and are better than processed and engineered diets.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip#5: Human grade pet diets are better and better regulated than animal grade pet diets.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #7: Reading pet food labels and brochures is not easy even to a professional, thus it’s difficult to assess the quality of the ingredients.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #8: I typically recommend using one of the more known, trusted dog food manufactures like those who publish scientific studies in veterinary journals and make presentations in veterinary medical meetings. Remember our cardinal rule: “do no harm”.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #9: Not all bulldogs are the same. Some might do better with more grain, while others might benefit from a grain free diet.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #10: If you believe that your bulldog puppy allergies are due to grains, then your grain free dietary trial should last at least ten weeks and then challenged by a non grain diet ideally from the same brand with only the grain being the difference.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #11: Offering fresh, organic, unprocessed fruits and vegetables to your bully is great; remember to avoid onions and grapes (raisins). If you are unsure whether a certain food is safe for your bully to eat, speak to your veterinarian.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #1: I don’t recommend you choose your bulldog and french bulldog puppy diet based on the advertised and often hyped up add-on supplements. These are more of a marketing ploy than real science and fact based. The most popularly advertised supplements include fish oil (omega 3 and 6), glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and probiotics. As a rule, there is not enough of the active ingredient (ie: glucosamine) in pure bioavailable dosage to therapeutically impact a medical condition in these diet’s daily feeding recommendations. When medically indicated I recommend supplements to be given separately as a standalone treatment.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #2: The “No Grain”, “Grain Free” diet is the Holy Grail for many in the bulldog community. It is not my intention to discourage you from using those diets. If your bulldog or french bulldog puppy likes it and does as well or better than previous diets, then your bulldog  might be better off staying on that no grain diet. Nevertheless, some of you might be spending large sums on false assumptions propagated by diet manufactures, biased marketing campaigns, and internet buzz. If you suspect food allergy, then the gold standard is an 8 week trial on a prescription hypoallergenic diet, not grain free diets. To find out more about food allergies and hypoallergenic diets Click Here.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #3: Grain should count for less than once third  of your bulldog whole-diet, the other 2/3 should be in the form of meat-animal-protein, fruit and vegetables.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning#4: Most commercial diets offer lower quality grade feed then the human well regulated (USDA) grade pet diets.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #5: Lower grade diets have a higher risk for unwanted adverse effects such as allergies and immune medicated disease (like IBD), due to higher possibility of unwholesome elements, and contaminants.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #6: Some bulldogs and French bulldogs puppies should avoid high gluten grains (rye, oat, barley, wheat), in favor of low gluten grains(quinoa, milo, rice, millet)

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #7: Remember that food allergies related to grain and protein might not be a direct allergy to that source but rather to an undetected contaminant or a tainted portion within that grain and protein.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #9: Bulldogs and french bulldogs puppies don’t care what color their food is. Usually the dye in various diets is designed to lure the buyer as a marketing gimmick. Worse, it might hide evidence that could clue you in to the poor quality of the food.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #9: I don’t recommend diets with a large portion of its protein derived from a grain source. Its bioavailability ( i.e. your bulldog ability to utilize that protein is marginal)

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #10: Too much grain will increase the chance of your bulldog becoming overweight. Obesity,  is a major contributor to poor health and quality of life.

Dr. Kraemer’s Grain Free Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #11: The poor quality protein is a bigger problem than “too much protein”, even for bulldogs with kidney disease the emphasis should not be on excessive quantity but rather on good, high quality, proteins.

*The guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must read” for any current or future bulldog owner.

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