Owning a Frenchie brings so many wonderful moments to our lives. They’re loyal, affectionate, and always in a mood for cuddles and kisses. Besides these features, French bulldogs are unfortunately prone to allergies. That’s why we have to carefully choose ingredients when feeding them with certain dog food. Can French bulldogs eat chicken is one of those questions we often hear from their owners.
Is chicken bad for French bulldogs?
We can’t say that all Frenchies will be allergic or intolerant to chicken. It much depends on a dog’s health, immunity, age, and even genetics. You’re probably wondering how genetics can affect your dog’s food intolerance. Well, it depends on your dog’s inherited genes and whether his/her parents were prone to allergies and food intolerance.
If you bought a French bulldog puppy from an unreliable breeder and without any proof about the puppy’s health history, then food intolerance and allergies are the least you can get.
Why are some French bulldogs allergic to chicken and others not?
Your dog’s immunity plays the biggest role not only when you’re choosing the ingredients for your pet but also in many other aspects. As we all know, poultry meats contain a higher amount of hormones, antibiotics, and other additives. Therefore, the best advice is to buy meat at butcheries that sell organic meat. Other options include boosting your Frenchie’s immunity with different supplements such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Feeding your pooch with antioxidants will also help in fighting cancer cells and will improve his coat and skin.
French Bulldog Multivitamin Supplements is one of the best-selling products among our customers that can help in building a healthy immune system in your furry friend. These tablets are recommended for dogs of all ages especially during pregnancy or old age and contain vitamins A, B1, B12, B6, E, D3, B2, folic acid, niacin, and pantothenic acid.
How to discover if your Frenchie is allergic to chicken?
In case you’re feeding your batpig with homemade meals or you occasionally add chicken meat to your Frenchie’s dry kibble meals, these are the symptoms of allergy to spot:
- Itchiness of the skin
- Hot spots
- Dry skin and bald patches of skin due to itchiness
- Ear infection and inflammation
- Sticky eyes
In case you’re suspecting that your Frenchie is allergic to chicken or any other meat, then you can consult your vet and try with an elimination diet.
It’s also important to mention that you should not feed your dog with chicken skin, chicken bones, legs, liver, and other chicken by-products. Choose only chicken breast meat that is fresh and bought at reliable supermarkets and butcheries. Our advice is also to boil the meat because that’s how you’ll ‘kill’ all the bacteria (such as salmonella) and other harmful ingredients.
Can French bulldogs eat chicken? Wrapping up
Since no one can’t give you a definite answer to this question (even your vet), the best advice is to monitor your dog’s body language and symptoms when feeding him/her with any new ingredient. Note that your dog can develop an allergy even later in his/her lifetime because the reactions depend on a dog’s current immunity.
Besides some French bulldogs show allergic reactions to chicken, the truth is that it can leave many beneficial effects to their bodies. Chicken is low-fat meat and contains a high percentage of proteins. It also contains Omega 6 fatty acid that promotes healthy skin and coat.