Food is also a very important aspect of having a healthy Bulldog. When your bulldog is a puppy, feeding a very good food is essential. During this growth period, using a food with good ingredients is recommended. Nutrient rich carbohydrates (certain grains) and DHA are recommended for growing puppies. As your puppy reaches maturity (8 to 10 months of age), you can start to slowly transition to a very good adult food with high-quality protein sources. Please do not buy foods or treats with dyes in them for your dog. The number one cause of allergies in bulldogs is giving the wrong kind of food. If you are using a good quality food and still having allergy problems, try switching to a novel protein source. For example, if you are feeding Chicken switch to Salmon, Bison, Duck, etc. Believe it or not, the two proteins pets are most allergic to are chicken and beef. If you still have issues after trying different protein sources, you can try Grain-Free food. We do not recommend Grain-Free unless your dog really needs it. Over the years, we have used many brands of dog food. We continue to come back to our tried and true favorite for the puppies, which is Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy. This puppy food has a very high rating and is an excellent choice of food for growing puppies. For our adult dogs, we alternate between Purina Pro Plan and Diamond Naturals. They are both good grain-inclusive foods. There are MANY other great foods out there, so please do your research.
As of June 28, 2019 the FDA has come out with a list of 16 dog foods that could be linked to DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) and heart failure. DCM is usually seen in large or giant breed dogs but can occasionally be seen in smaller dogs. The list of foods includes: Acana, Zignature, Taste of the Wild, 4Health, Earthborn Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Nature's Domain, Fromm, Merrick, California Natural, Natural Balance, Orijen, Nature's Variety, NutriSource, Nutro and Rachael Ray Nutrish. Most vets and dog food specialists no longer recommend Grain-Free diets unless the dog really needs to be on it. Grain-Free foods can contain a high concentration of peas, lentils, legume seeds and/or potatoes that can possibly be linked to a dog developing DCM. There are some Grain-Free foods that do not contain these ingredients OR contain a small amount. It is important to mention that those foods are not linked to heart problems. Only the above list has been linked so far.