Feeding Your Frenchie: Everything You Need to Know
When you love your Frenchie like family, you want to provide them with the nourishment they need to live long and healthy lives. Feeding your Frenchie doesn’t have to be complicated or break the bank, but you do need to be mindful about the ingredients in the meals and treats you offer your pet. By paying attention to your puppy’s reactions to foods, being aware of potential issues, and remaining flexible and willing to try different brands if one doesn’t work, you will be ready to help your Frenchie feel his or her best each day.
Your options for feeding your Frenchie include commercial dry food (kibble), canned food, raw food, and homemade meals. For us at Blue Diamond, we find that high quality kibble is a great option. The convenience at meal time fits our lifestyle, and most importantly, our pups love it and digest it well.
You can find specific portion guidance on the back of the bag—be sure to read it if you don't want to follow a calorie system, as different formulations require different portion sizes. With high-quality dog food, the portion is typically smaller since the kibble has a higher concentration of protein, calories, and nutrients. We feed our Frenchies two small meals a day, always using shallow bowls, which help our flat-faced furry friends reach their food better. We also follow a calorie system and stick to 25-30 calories per pound of our dogs weight.
Treats & Snacks
There’s nothing sweeter than the pitter patter of little paws when they know it’s treat time! While the treats we often see on TV ads like “Beggin’ Strips” and “Snausages” may sound fun, a closer look at their lengthy ingredient lists might encourage you to seek out a more natural, simple option. Look for varieties that contain less or no corn or wheat, which can irritate Frenchies’ bellies, or consider making your own with ingredients like oats and peanut butter.
Be sure to provide 24-7 access to clean, fresh, water for your Frenchie. Taking in water throughout the day not only keeps your pup hydrated, but helps him digest food. Be especially vigilant of your Frenchie’s water intake on warm days, and always bring water and a portable dish with you on outings if you’ll be gone more than 20-30 minutes.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
As with all dog breeds, helping your Frenchie maintain an appropriate weight is important for overall health and longevity. For Frenchies, keeping excess weight off can help reduce the chances for potential breed-specific health challenges. No matter how cute your Frenchie’s begging face is, make sure you read the dog food labels and stick to the portion sizes by weight. The same goes for milk bones and other treats. Most importantly, if you choose to give your dog “human food” as a special treat, opt forhealthy choices like pumpkin or bananas, never fat-laden or processed foods.
For a Silky Coat, Add Healthy Fats
While you don’t want to feed your Frenchie fatty human foods, it can be beneficial to include dog-friendly healthy fats in his or her diet. Omega-3s, found in fish oil, provide the nutrients dogs need to maintain smooth, sleek, and glossy coats. There are some brands that make liquid supplement drops specifically for adding to dogs’ meals (follow instructions provided).
Frenchie Food Safety Tips
Many new dog owners don’t realize that foods humans eat all the time can be stomach-upsetting and even deadly to dogs. Because of their small size, Frenchies are more vulnerable than larger dogs to the dangerous effects of these foods. While we will share a few examples below, please be sure to do some research or call your vet before offering any human food to your pet.
Examples of what not to feed your Frenchie:
• Salt or salty snack foods
• Grapes or raisins
• Onions, garlic, or chives
• Chemical sweetners
Do Frenchies have food allergies?
The majority of Frenchies do have food allergies. However, as with any individual dog, certain ingredients can be difficult to digest or cause allergic reactions. Common irritating ingredients include wheat, corn, and chemical preservatives. While protein is an important primary ingredient in dog food, too much protein can also cause problems if portion instructions are not followed.
What are the signs and symptoms of allergies?
If your pup displays any of the following signs and symptoms, he or she may be experiencing a food allergy. We recommend following up with your vet for advice, to be sure your pet is diagnosed correctly and additional treatment is not needed. Your vet can work with you to do elimination tests and determine the food allergy culprit.
• Digestive distress such as severe flatulence, diarrhea, or constipation
• Visible skin irritation or rashes, including pink-hued skin
• Abnormal behavior such as biting paws, repetitive scratching or licking
Refusing to eat food is not a typical food allergy symptom. If your dog is refusing to eat foods he normally enjoys, call your vet right away as this could be a sign of an urgent medical issue.