Supplements, toys, and tools for your French Bulldog.
In this guide I'll share which supplements, bowls, chew toys, and other tools we use to give our Frenchies the best possible quality of life. What I recommend here has worked for our Frenchie family; however, it does not necessarily mean it will work for everyone. The most important thing is to find out what works for your French Bulldog! Also, please make sure to read what we feed our French Bulldogs
. Also, please make sure to buy from either Amazon or Chewy to save on money and make sure to always compare. Just the other day Amazon had a 25% sale on the face wipes, while Chewy did not.
The most crucial supplement that is always overlooked are the simple ones. Aside from a high quality kibble, water should be #2 in your priority list. We currently give our dogs Arrowhead water, but this can get pricy. At a minimum you should buy a Brita filter for your Frenchie, which only costs around $25 on Amazon. Please do not give your Frenchie tap water as it contains chemicals like fluoride or chlorine and contaminants like heavy metals.
Mixing wet food with dry kibble.
Adding canned food to dry food is another way to increase the moisture content and enhance the flavor of the meal. We currently give our Frenchies the Venison flavor for both kibble and wet from Zignature (stick with the same protein). I recommend giving your Frenchie wet food along with dry kibble, but it is not a must.
Feeding example: Blu
will eat 1/2 of kibble and 1/2 of wet food twice per day. I don't look at the recommendations in the back of the food bag. I go based on calories. A good rule of thumb is 25 calories per pound. Blu weighs 27 pounds, so he would eat 675 calories (25 calories times 27 pounds). Weigh your Frenchie weekly. If you notice he is losing weight then increase his intake to 27 calories per pound. Keep increasing every week until your Frenchie is at the ideal weight.
Cleaning those cute wrinkles!
What makes Frenchies so cute are those adorable big ol' wrinkles, but they come at a very small price. Food, dirty, and moisture can get trapped in between the skin folds, which can cause a series infection. An easy way of preventing this is by cleaning those wrinkles regularly. Typically you want to clean their wrinkles after they have eaten (morning and night). Make sure to use a dry towel/cloth afterwards to get rid of any moisture from the wipes (if you don't use a dry towel/cloth afterwards you might cause an infection due to the moisture from the wipes). We currently use Nature's Miracle Bath Wipes. They're made only for external use, so do not use them inside the ear, directly on the eye, or inside their mouth. They are around $6 and come with 100 wipes. Cut the wipes in half since that's all you'll need for the face.
DO NOT USE BABY WIPES. Baby wipes have chemicals that are dangerous for dogs.
This is a must! Don't skip this one.
Most French Bulldogs will have sensitive skin and most owners only look at the problem externally. They think a shampoo or an ointment will take care of the rash, flakes, or hot spots. However, the real problem comes from inside. More specifically their stomach (gut). These "bites" support digestive and immune health to promote a healthy response to food, seasonal, skin and environmental allergies. It will help from the inside out and should help your Frenchie never suffer from skin issues. It is $25 and it comes with 90 bites. Give 1 bite per day.
Pure Salmon Oil for a healthy coat and more.
By now you know that our dogs' diet is extremely important to us. We want to incorporate the highest level nutrition and give them the best quality of life we possibly can. This is why we choose to provide the pups with the Omega 3 and 6 supplements that are found in Zesty Paw's Salmon Bites. The Aller-Immune Bites help from the inside. The Salmon Bites help from the outside by focusing on the skin directly. It is $25 and it comes with 90 bites. Give 1 bite per day.
Enzymes, prebiotic, and probiotics.
Everyone knows that Frenchies have a sensitive stomachs and some, luckily not ours, have constant diarrhea. We give our Frenchies a probiotic to help the body break down essential nutrients that combat gas, bloating and constipation. You more than likely can skip this supplement since it's just a reinforcement. However, we give this supplement to help strengthen the gut. This along with Aller-Immune works wonders. It is $25 and it comes with 90 bites. Give 1 bite per day.
Wrinkle, snout, skin, and paw healing.
One of the most common things we see from pet owners and even breeders are cracked noses. Due to the flat nose structure it is pretty common to see a cracked nose. Even if you give your dogs enough water a cracked nose can easily happen. An easy fix is to use Snout Soother by the Natural Dog Company
. Just apply it in the morning and night - pretty simple for awesome results! They also sell a skin, wrinkly , and paw cream, so definitely check out their products. Trust me, it's better to have the product and not use it, then to need it and not have it.
Do not use topical flea prevention.
Flea prevention might seem like common sense, but this is pretty easily forgotten. We use NexGard and just hide the chewable in a piece of cheese - pretty easy! Don't use a flea collar or a topical ointment. It's not as effective. Remember this is just for fleas. Based on your location you might have to worry about heart worms, whipworms, hookworms, etc. DO NOT get this from your vet. Get a prescription from you vet and place the order through Chewy - it will be half of what the vet will sell it for.
Shampoo specifically for dry, itchy skin.
Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Dog & Cat Shampoo reduces time spent scratching and leaves more time for cuddling. This soap-free shampoo is made specifically for dry, itchy skin. The thoughtful formula provides plenty of relief and deodorizes your fur baby without irritating his skin or washing off topical flea applications. Purposeful oatmeal and aloe combination work to re-moisturize and heal scratched skin while reducing itching, keeping him from scratching himself again.
Odor and stain remover.
The odor and stain remover we buy is Nature's Miracle Advance
. This formula works wonders! After we use it, it's as if the accident never happened. It's made to discourage re-soiling by removing the odor of messes.
Doggy nail trimmer for easy grooming. Part 1.
French Bulldogs don't require much maintenance or grooming. However, we do clip our dogs' nails each week to keep them looking clean. Save yourself some time and buy the Safari Professional Nail Trimmer - this clipper is razor sharp and gets the job done fast! If you cut too deep an easy way to stop the bleeding is using Cardinal Laboratories Remedy and Recovery Professional Groomer's Styptic Powder for Pets. This will stop the bleeding in seconds.
Doggy nail trimmer for easy grooming. Part 2.
After you've clipped your Frenchie's nails they will be pretty sharp. The best filer (grinder) we've used is the ConairPRO Professional Dog Nail Grinder. Make sure to start using this when they're puppies. If you start at an older age (even 6 months), you pup might be too scared to let you grind down their nails.
Elk antlers for safe play and clean teeth.
Because French Bulldogs have sensitive stomachs and skin allergies, we did not want to give our Frenchies just any chew bone. We wanted it to clean their teeth, be soft, natural, and have never been treated with any chemicals, bleach, dyes or formaldehyde. It was a case of trial and error, but we eventually settled on USA Bones & Chews
. This company sells elk and deer antlers, but we loved that their elk antlers were split in half, which exposes the soft inside - this is ideal for pups. The best part is it's low-allergenic and odorless - pretty awesome! I usually give them an antler once a week (the days they don't get a Greenie or I wipe their teeth). Don't let them finish it, just let them chew it for a couple of hours.
You can opt to brush your dogs teeth, but from my experience most dogs hate it. I use these wipes only in morning after they have eaten. You are more than welcome to do it twice a day, but remember to stick to something you can consistently due. What's great is they are formulated with baking soda and peppermint to fight plaque, tartar, and bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. Pretty sweet!
The Enhanced Pet Bowl for better digestion (and less gas!)
We saved the best for last! This is a little-known trick that most French Bulldog owners don't even know about. Before we talk about this bowl, remember that all French Bulldogs have a flat nose, also known as a brachycephalic breed. Because of this, they have a difficult time eating from a regular food bowl, which results in them inhaling more air, which causes more gas and poor digestion. By now you should have gotten the hint that you want to protect the stomach (gut) as much as possible. Since we knew that Frenchies were a brachycephalic breed, we searched for the perfect special feeding bowl after getting our dog Blu
. We found The Enhanced Pet Bowl
and we could not be any happier. We've experienced less gas and less mess! The bowl starts at $29.99 for the plastic version or $34.99 for the stainless steel bowl. Believe me, it's worth it - for you and your dog.
Another option is Yeti's dog bowl
. It's overall smaller, more stylish, and you'll get almost the same benefits (IMO).