Raw Diet French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs
Raw Diet Bulldogs and French Bulldogs
Raw diet for French bulldogs and English bulldogs are among a list of a new class of niche “Boutique Exotic” food diets for bulldogs that also included such diets as the “grain-free diet”, “vegan diet”, “human graded diet”, “all-natural diet”, “homemade diet“, “Gourmet diet” etc.
We the French bulldog and English bulldog owners strive to provide our dogs with the best diet and preventive care. We do our best to match our bulldog’s health care and wellness with ours, thus we advocate for a healthy, balanced, quality, safe bulldog diet. The emphasis of this article is AWARANCE, it is not in any way a dietary endorsement for the ultimate bulldog diet. I have no affiliation with any of the dog food companies nor a particular preference for one.
Regardless of your current and future dietary choices, I am certain that you will find some valuable information in this article.
Raw Food Diet for French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs MYTH & FACTS
It is important that our dietary decision and choices are fact base. Browsing through the internet highway is easy to get confused and distracted, one way that might help you filter factual from nonfactual is to avoid sponsored online diet rating sites, most breeders’ advice, the diet company “too good to be true” advertising material, “marginal dietary advice” websites, and anecdotal “success stories” posted on social media boards.
Even if those opinions and posts are well intended, they often lack factual scientific data.
RAW DIET MYTHS:
- “Bulldog raw food diet is superior to the other traditional cooked ones”.
- “Bulldog raw food diet is as safe or safer than the traditional cooked diet”
- “Dogs are descended from wolfs, thus raw food is what is best for them”
RAW DIET FACTS:
- RAW VS COOK: At the present, there are no scientific studies published showing the health benefits of raw food diet over the cooked ones.
- RAW RISKS: On the other hand, there are several health risks associated with raw food diet for French bulldogs and English bulldogs.
- VEGI DIET: Bulldogs are not wolves, they have evolved (domesticated), and they are more like us (Omnivores) than wolves and cats (Carnivores). They are not meat dependent, so much so that with careful professional supervision they can live a healthy life fed only a vegetarian diet.
Benefits attributed to bulldog raw food can be achieved with cooked ones, at the same time risks associated with the raw diet can be reduced or eliminated with cooked ones.
Raw Food Diets for French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs RISKS
RAW DIET NUTRITIONAL IMBALANCE RISKS
EXCESS: Excesses of nutrients such as fats are often associated with raw food diet.
DEFICIENCY: Deficiency of essential nutrients, and minerals such as phosphorus & calcium are often associated with raw food diet.
RAW DIET CONTAMINATION & PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS
BAD BACTERIA: Uncooked and unpasteurized raw food can carry deadly bacteria like Salmonella Clostridium, Campylobacter.
IMMUNE COMPROMISED: Bully puppies, Seniors, and other immune-deficient or compromised bulldogs are especially susceptible to those bugs.
PUBLIC HEALTH: Those bacteria can also present a health risk to your family and the public at large especially children, seniors, the immune-suppressed, or immune-compromised individuals.
RAW DIET and HEART DISEASE RISKS:
DCM: in recent years we have seen an alarming rise in bulldog dilatative cardiomyopathy (DCM) along with the increase in popularity of raw food diets, grain-free food diets, and the other niche boutique food diets, The latest data has shown a direct link between heart disease and those diets.
Raw Diets for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs MANFUCTREING
DOG FOOD MANUFACTURERS HIGH STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH: Peer-reviewed scientific research published in credible veterinary journals.
MANUFACTURING CERTIFICATION: Certified manufacturing facility
QUALITY CONTROL & SAFTY: Strict quality control, adherence to safety with proper certification
- Testing for pathogens, contaminants, and toxins
- Testing ingredients & nutritional quality
- Regular auditing
FORMULATION: having a boarded certified veterinary nutritionist that overseas production, quality, and diet formulation
AAFCO: Tested by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Raw Diet for Bulldogs DO & DONT
BULLDOG RAW DIET: DO
INFORMATION: Seek information, any reputable manufacturer should be willing to provide you with all the above requests.
REPUTATION & LONGEVITY: Seek food manufacturers with a long history and solid reputation.
AAFCO ASSOCIATION: Seek bulldog food manufacturers associated with the American Feed Control.
RESEARCH: Seek manufacturers who invest in research, ideally through independent veterinary institutions.
FACTUAL: Seek manufacturers who publish factual data (rather than “sexy” fashionable claims and negative campaigns).
BULLDOG RAW DIETS: DO NOT
INGREDIENTS: Do not base your bulldog food selection on the ingredients, for all intents and purposes they have very little value.
LABEL: try to ignore catchy phrases such as “human graded”, “grain-free”, “no byproducts”, “whole”, “natural”, “fresh”, “Gourmet”, etc.
It is in your bulldog’s best interest to have investments by the food companies focused on nutrition QUALITY & SAFTY.
Investment in GRAPHICS & MARKETING are of little value to your pet.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Raw Diet French Bulldogs and Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS
BULLDOG RAW DIETS TIPS
Bulldog Raw Food Tip #1 SUPPLEMENTS & CONSULT
For those of you who enjoy serving raw food or cooking homemade diets, please consult with a veterinary nutritionist. You might need to supplement with a multivitamin & minerals, fish oil, and amino acids. Also, you might need to check Taurine blood levels and consult your veterinarian about long-term monitoring of your bulldog’s heart for DCM.
Bulldog Raw Food Tip #2 NUTRIENT not INGREDIENTS
There are many reasons to ignore the ingredient part of the raw diet label, the ingredient information is more about marketing schemes than value to the pet owner. Published ingredients are difficult to interpret, might have no nutritious value or too little of it to matter.
Bulldog Raw Food Tip #3 HUMAN GRADE DIET:
Start by asking yourself if you would feed your kids any of the human-graded raw pet diets on the market? This marketing phrase adds little to no value to your pet. Plus, what is good for humans might not be best for your bulldog.
It is also important to understand that the phrase “human grade” has no legal meaning in the pet food industry.
RAW DIET WARNINGS
Bulldog Raw Food Warning #1 FREEZING
In order to eliminate bad bacteria, the food should be pasteurized (cooked), freezing raw food is not sufficient.
Bulldog Raw Food Warning #1 BONES & TEETH
Avoid a raw diet with solid bones, those can fracture your bully teeth, damage the esophageal and intestinal, end as a GI forging body emergency.
Best Raw Diet French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs FINAL THOUGHTS
BEST BULLDOG DIET :
I am often asked, “What is the best bulldog diet” or/and I am asked to recommend one. My answer is always the same “there is no one best bulldog diet”. Like us, each bulldog is different, each with different requirements, different sizes, different ages, and different lifestyles.
I would replace “What is the best French bulldogs and English bulldogs raw diet ”
with “WHAT IS BEST FOR MY BULLDOG”
RAW BULLDOG DIET & HEART DISEASE
The cause of the higher occurrence of DCM among dogs fed raw, grain-free, home-made, and other “boutique exotic” niche diets are still unknown. In the past, the thought was that it was due to a lack of a critical amino acid named Taurine but those are the minority, most recent cases tested normal.
RAW DIETS FUNDS ALLOCATION
It is my suspension that DCM and other bulldog medical problems associated with raw diet have less to do with the raw factor and more to do with the manufacturer’s funding priorities.
Many of those exotic diet manufacturers are relatively new to the market, they are vying for a market share in a competitive niche, thus they allocate large sums of their budget to marketing. On the other hand, the well-established, large, well-financed “boring traditional manufacturers companies” allocate a much larger sum to quality control, safety, research, testing, and certified nutritionist’s oversight.
It could be that those associated medical problems are less about the diets and more about resources and funding allocation.
RAW DIETS FOR BULLDOGS AND FRENCH BULLDOGS MY FINAL ADVICE:
As French bulldogs or English bulldog owners, we want only the best for our bullies. It is tough to do the right thing with the overwhelming information we endure.
Here are a few simple raw diet rules of thumb for your English and French bulldogs:
- BULLY SIMPLE: Keep it simple.
- BULLY BETTER: More is NOT always BETTER.
- BULLY SAFER: New & popular does NOT necessarily mean SAFER.
- BULLY BUZZ: Buzz words are intended for you, NOT your BULLY.
- BULLY FANCY: Fancy packing is intended for you, NOT your BULLY.
- BULLY DOLLAR: A high $$$ price tag does NOT always equate with QUALITY & VALUE.
I would like to add my appreciation and thanks to my Tufts Veterinary School classmate Dr. Lisa M. Freeman, who provided me with the most current update on those dietary topics. Dr. Freeman DVM, Ph.D., DACVN, is a veterinary nutritionist and a professor at the Cummings School. She published hundreds of articles in prestigious journals and received awards for her scientific achievements.
“An Ounce of PREVENTION is Worth a Pound of CURE”
*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “MUST READ” manual for any current or future bully owner.