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!
1. Stella & Chewy’s for a real meat treat.
In our guide, What to feed your French Bulldog
, we mentioned that our Frenchies are eating Zignature. While Zignature is an ultra-premium dog food with excellent ingredients, we still wanted to incorporate real freeze-dried protein into their diets. Our favorite option is
Stella & Chewy’s Super Beef Meal Mixer. Our dogs absolutely love it! Even new puppies we bring home end up cleaning their plate with this stuff. We give our Frenchies three pieces of the meat (small squares) with every feed. We feed our French Bulldogs three times daily at 7am, 12pm, and 5pm.
2. Grizzly 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 9 supplements that are found in Grizzly Salmon Oil. We just mix this into their food once a day and follow the instructions on the bottle – super easy! Not only does it give our dogs a super-shiny, itch-free coat, it also decreases the risk of heart problems, stiffening joints, and much more!
3. Organic virgin coconut oil for healing and protection.
Coconut oil is a well-known super food and supplement–did you know it can also benefit your Frenchie? Coconut oil can be given by mouth, helping to improve your dog’s immune system, digestion, metabolism, and more! Read more about coconut oil for bulldogs. The oil can also be applied externally to speed healing if your pup has a crusty nose or minor wound.
We buy Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, but you can go with a different brand. Just make sure it is in a glass container, organic, virgin or extra virgin (same thing), unrefined, and fresh or cold pressed. We give our French Bulldogs about 1/2 teaspoon for every 5 pounds of body weight. Be sure to ease your dog into it gradually. To start, give them 1/8 teaspoon (here’s the spoon we use) for every 5 pounds. If they’re not having diarrhea or greasy stools, then gradually increase the intake to the recommended 1/2 teaspoon for every 5 pounds.
4. Flea prevention, shampoo, conditioner, and stain remover for messy moments.
For flea prevention, we use
K9 Advantix II. According to this article
, it protects our dogs from far more parasites than other brands. For shampoo and conditioner, we went with an all-natural organic formula to make sure we don’t irritate their sensitive skin. And finally, let’s be honest: accidents happen. 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.
5. Doggy nail trimmer for easy grooming.
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!
6. 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!
7. 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. 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.