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    First of all, we want to note that we are in no way paid to say these foods are our favorite. Any affiliation we have with these dog food companies is because we CHOSE to be affilated with them. We want to be able to bring our members special offers and prizes from these particular foods, because we would love for each and every person who reads this page to try these foods.

    We have had many dog food discussions on our forums and great helpful advice from many members. Visit our Nutrition forum to post any question you have relating to this article and your experience with dog food.


    English Bulldog Nutrition Discussions


    With Thousands of choices, how do you choose????

    Below is our Top 5 Dog Foods We Recommend and Most Importantly- Why.

    The first thing I wish to bring up is your dog's immune & digestive systems. When you feed your dog a poor diet, their immune systems are compromised. While the common population of English Bulldogs suffer from allergies, what you don't know is that if your pet has a low immune system, this could the source of most- if not all- of their allergy problems.

    Recent studies also show that giving your dog the same protein everyday can also cause specific protein allergies. This is why it is actually good to switch your dogs food, trying different brands and proteins. Once you get your dog on a high grade diet you can actually switch more freely without causing digestion and stomach upset problems. You may also be able to identify possible protein allergies.

    Probiotics and Prebiotics help improve digestion, and are very important. But you must not be fooled by television advertisements. Almost all dog foods claim to carry these, but if they do, what benefit do you get if all the other nutrition in it is garbage? How much do they put into the food? There are few that provide this guarantee in writing under the guaranteed analysis showing HOW MUCH they put into their foods.

    What you may not know is that most dog foods are not made with real quality human grade muscle meat- they are made out of rendering plants that use such 'meats' as road kill and euthanized pets!

    Dog food labels are very vague. There are just not enough laws when it comes to pet food labels. Hopefully soon these laws will change, but until then it is up to those who know how to read the labels. Linda actually calls the manufacturers of dog foods and does a full investigation and asking for information that is NOT on the labels. Cooking times and temperatures. Where they get their ingredients. Many foods are heated at too high of temperatures so the nutrients are all cooked out. Do they use natural vitamin sources or synthesized vitamins?

    Again, it is important to us here at English Bulldog News that you know and understand that we are not getting paid to tell you we like these dog foods. We are going to continue to spread the word about dog nutrition, and we recommend these foods because we believe in them. Any affiliation we have with them sponsoring our contests or offering coupons is to benefit our members and guests, because we want to see you all make the decision to get your dog on the best diet available to you. We contacted each of these companies to see if they can provide us with these things for you, our wonderful members and guests of the site.

    What changes should you expect to see with a better diet?
    • Less stool/waste
    • Less shedding & a healthy shiny coat
    • Overall smell of your dog should improve
    • Less tear staining/eye boogers
    • Increased energy & vitality
    • Immune system boost= Less allergy issues and health problems
    • Less bathing of your bully needed
    • Little to no yeast issues
    • Less daily maintenance


    Our current Top Five Choices:

    Fromm Family Foods


    Fromm 4 star foods are interchangeable. Meaning your dog can have Turkey al la veg one night, and beef the next. They do not overcook their food so the nutrients are not cooked out of them. Their "grain free" foods and treats are excellent for bulldogs with allergy problems. They put their probiotics and enzymes in the Guaranteed Analysis. Many with bulldogs find success with Beef Frittata or Pork & Peas so those are two good choices to try.

    Bottom Line:
    • Probiotics in Guaranteed Analysis
    • Grain Free Formulas
    • Member Success Stories
    • Quality Ingredients
    • Interchangeable
    • Family Owned Company
    • No Recalls (as of 7/10/2013)

    Nature's Logic Pet Foods

    Nature's logic is made with 100% natural ingredients. No man made, chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals or amino acids. No chemical preservatives, artificial color or flavorings. Gluten Free Dry Kibble & Treats, Grain-Free Canned and Raw Frozen. No corn, wheat, soy, rice, potato, tapioca or glutens. Contain probiotics and enzymes. Great for bulldogs with yeast and allergy issues. Because of the high quality ingredients in this food, stool can become hard, so keep in mind you may need to add water to it should this happen.

    Bottom Line:
    • Member Success Stories
    • Excellent Blog about Pet Food
    • Gluten Free
    • 100% Natural Ingredients
    • No Synthesized Vitamins
    • No Known Recalls (as of 7/10/2013)
    • Nutrition Derived From Whole Foods


    Nature's Variety Instinct

    The Nature's Variety Instinct line of foods has absolutely no gluten or grains. It also does not have potatoes/sweet potatoes or sugars which can be a problem for some bulldogs due to the link of potatoes causing yeast. The instinct line comes in RAW form as well and the whole instinct line is formulated to be interchangeable. This food is a great choice if you have an ongoing yeast or allergy issues. The only drawback is the amount of protein in this food. Make sure you do not over feed your bulldog this food and give them plenty of exercise. Because of the high quality ingredients in this food, stool can become hard, so keep in mind you may need to add water to it should this happen.

    Bottom Line:
    • 100% Grain and Gluten Free
    • Member Success Stories
    • Great for bulldogs with yeast issues
    • Limited Ingredient Diets Available
    • We do NOT recommend their RABBIT formulas (sourced from China)


    Go!

    Founded in 1999, Petcurean Pet Nutrition is a Canadian-based, family-owned company, based in Chilliwack, British Columbia, that's dedicated to selling nutritionally balanced, unique pet food recipes made with high quality, natural and fresh ingredients. High Quality ingredient panel, grain free options. Excellent variety of choices depending on your bulldog's needs.

    Bottom Line:
    • Human Grade ingredients
    • Pre and probiotics to aid with digestive health
    • Omega oils for healthy skin and coat
    • Zero by-product meals, added growth hormones or artificial preservatives


    Acana Regionals

    Made from Canada’s best and freshest ingredients, ACANA Regionals reflect our local heritage and express the diversity of fresh authentic foods produced from western Canada’s vast ranchlands, rich prairies, fertile valleys, and pristine waters.

    Champion pet foods stands apart as an award-winning, independent Canadian pet food maker with a reputation of trust spanning more than a quarter century; unlike today’s multinational and marketing companies that sell – but don’t actually make – pet foods.

    Bottom Line:
    • Human Grade ingredients
    • Rich in Protein, Low in Carbohydrates
    • Grain Free
    • 60-65% meat and 35-40% of fruits and vegetables
    • Extremely Impressive Ingredients


    Food Choices Available at most Pet Retailers:

    These are not our top choices but we also wanted to recommend a couple of foods from Pet Retailers like Petsmart/Petco. Many of our recommended foods can only be found at feed stores or specialty pet stores. However, you can easily order any of our recommended foods from Petflow with no sales tax and FREE SHIPPING!

    Here are our PET RETAILER choices:

    AvoDerm

    Why? AvoDerm is NOT the best, but this is the only food we would recommend that is easily accessible and found at a pet retailer. Please note that if you have a bulldog with allergy problems, this food is not grain-free, (but it is wheat, soy & corn free). Not only will your bulldog love this food (it smells terrific), but your pet will also smell good, and the coat will be shiny and healthy. We have had great results with AvoDerm. However, this is not the best choice for bulldogs with allergies.
    They also have a vegetarian formula for dogs who have problems with proteins.

    Bottom Line:
    • Not the best choice for bulldogs with allergies
    • Found at Pet Retailers
    • Grain Free Options
    • Good for Skin & Coat
    • Vegetarian Formula


    Blue Buffalo Wilderness or Basics

    Blue Buffalo Wilderness is considered a premium quality dog food with quality ingredients and rated six stars on our food ratings scale. The Blue Basics formulas are limited ingredient diets and can really help you identify food allergies. Although not the highest rated, Blue Basics may be the best choice for you if you have an allergy prone bully.

    Bottom Line:
    • Blue Basics can be a good choice for allergy prone pets
    • Found at Pet Retailers
    • Limited Ingredient Diets
    • Quality Proteins


    Other Options:

    What most pet owners don't realize is there are more options than just "Kibble". Many pet owners are now choosing to give Home Cooked meals or Raw Diet because of health and skin issues they had with feeding processed "kibble". Please check out our Home Cooking and Raw Diet forums HERE.

    For those who don't feel they would be comfortable doing those types of diets, there are other options. Here is a few of them.



    Grandma Lucy's or Honest Kitchen
    Freeze-Dried Raw Pet Food

    Grandma Lucy's was originally developed back in 1999 for a dog named Lucy. She was very picky and had allergy problems. This food is highly recommended for those who wish they could try a raw diet but just don't have the time or the stomach for it. With several choice proteins to choose from and the limited ingredients, lack of grains, this is worth a try for anyone battling food allergies.

    The Honest Kitchen is human grade food made at a human grade plant, good for dogs with allergies, has a lot of protein choices. They have been in business 10 years. They have a plant that produces human grade food and their produce has not been genetically altered.

    Yep that is right, with both of these choices you will get a bowl full of meat, veggies and more, just add water. Like home cooking or raw diet, without the 'fresh' part. A great way to do raw diet with fruits and veggies without the hassle of packing, freezing, thawing, or cooking. This food is an excellent option for those with particularly busy schedules but want to give their pet a top notch diet.


    Bottom Line:
    • Dehydrated Raw Fresh Ingredients
    • Great choice for ALLERGY prone bulldogs
    • Great for skin and coat
    • Excellent protein sources to choose from like Goat, Lamb and Rabbit
    • Good for the immune system and coat



    Other Articles of Interest:
    Dog Food Ratings
    Understanding Dog Food Labels and Finding Bad Ingredients
    Frequently Asked Dog Food Questions
    Click to view our Great Products forum with Food Recommendations!


    Q: Where can I find these foods?
    A: You can usually get it from your closest feed store. If they do not carry it, ask if it can be ordered for you. Most feed stores can get many different types of food that is not on their shelf. But we found the best place, and that is to order it online, delivered right to your door, at very competitive prices. I was actually paying about $8 more per bag at my feed store that was over 20 miles away!

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    Comments 40 Comments
    1. cali~jenn's Avatar
      cali~jenn -
    1. sparklle0913's Avatar
      sparklle0913 -
      wow, i always wanted to know what was best for my bulldogs, i always get blue buffalo for them, but perhaps I should try something new. thanks!!
    1. sheshistory's Avatar
      sheshistory -
      Good article - concrete choices and reasoning to help dog owners pick a good food in a sea of bad ones.

      The only thing I would add is that Nature's Logic has more protein content and calories than Nature's Variety Instinct so the warning about protein content and exercise would also apply to that brand of food as well. It was one of the reasons I went to NVI instead of Nature's Logic but I think the general idea of not overfeeding any of the grain free diets is an excellent point.
    1. babypoopies's Avatar
      babypoopies -
      I am very surprised that Avoderm is recommended since it has avacodo and those are poisonous to dogs. The cashier at Petsmart pointed this out to me and when I did more research I found that this food had made some dogs very ill. I will be trying something else.
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      JAKEISGREAT -
      Quote Originally Posted by babypoopies View Post
      I am very surprised that Avoderm is recommended since it has avacodo and those are poisonous to dogs. The cashier at Petsmart pointed this out to me and when I did more research I found that this food had made some dogs very ill. I will be trying something else.
      Avocados are NOT poisonous to dogs! We have many avocado trees and our dogs have always eaten them! In fact..our dobie ate 8 in one day once! Even Jake has gotten some of the little teeny ones with no pits. Everyone I know feeds avocados to their dogs..jakes mother got avocados while she was nursing to keep her weight up. My vet used to laugh that she could tell when it was " avocado season " because zoe..our dobie..would pack on a few pounds. So..your info is false...I don't feed avoderm..but have about 40 years experience with dogs eating avocados.
    1. jortiz9758's Avatar
      jortiz9758 -
      This was an interesting read and discussion. I went and ahead and googled for some more info and a few sites say that yes they are poisonous and toxic and others say that only some dogs react to avocados.
      The ASPCA website states it causes vomiting, diarrhea in cats and dogs.


      http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison...s/avocado.aspx
    1. Wlw9x's Avatar
      Wlw9x -
      great article, thanks alot!
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      JAKEISGREAT -
      I suppose you could find an article that says anything is poisonous to something. I can only speak to my personal experience. I have NEVER heard of a dog getting sick on avocados...unless they overate! Some people are allergic to them..like my son in law..and I have a tendency to believe that more than poison! Why would it be allowed to put avocados in dog food...if it was POISON? And it's known to be great for their coats. I can't imagine a cat eating an avocado..so that I can't speak to..but I don't accept ..by any stretch that it is a poison. I appreciate what the article says but it's laughable to me and anyone who lives in southern California ..has avocado trees..and dogs!

      Also..if when you read the article..it does NOT say it's poisonous to dogs and cats..it says..vomiting and diahheria ..which I suppose could be a side effect or an allergy.I do see where they are dangerous to other animals.. I think this is an agree to disagree thing..my dogs love them..my friends and neighbors dogs eat them..and so does my vets dogs! I would never put my dogs in danger..I suggest if you think avocados are poison you don't buy avoderm..I don't use that dog food..but certainly not because of the avvies!
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      ASPCA also states that it is the avocado itself. Not particularly in commercial dog food. The reason Avoderm is on this list is because we wanted to give a dog food option that can be found in pet stores like petsmart and petco. Not all of the top brands are easily accessable for everyone and some do not want to order online.

      Here is an article from AvoDerm website to read as well:

      http://www.avodermnatural.com/About/why_avocados.htm

      I personally used this dog food and my Molly did wonderful on the lamb formula. But not all dogs will do great on it, it depends on the dog. Many have had success with NVI and I just tried it on Molly and she became a yeasty mess. With dog food it is trial and error until you find the right one.

      I also read the biggest concern with dogs eating avocados is that they swallow the pit and can get a blockage.
    1. lexterwayne's Avatar
      lexterwayne -
      I feed lexter the avoderm they have out it's a grain free w salmon and potato in it, it also still has the avocado in it a well. And he has never never a problem w this food... Also alot of people say that chocolate is only poisonous if given in large doses, like eat the whole bad of it but in small amounts are ok. Not sure how true that is so we just steer clear from it altogether.
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      JAKEISGREAT -
      I read the avoderm article that @desertskybulldogs has a link to. These are my experiences exactly. I totally forgot about all the black bears we have that climb these trees and gorge on the fruit. I can see where eating a pit would be dangerous..we've never encountered a dog that didn't know to only eat the meat...even our dobie..Zoe..who ate like a goat! Thanks for great info everybody!
    1. Jim Roe's Avatar
      Jim Roe -
      I found a new food at my local feed store. It is called Tuscan natural....I have been feeding "Warner" it for the last two months and he is doing better than ever. I know that everyone has an opinion on dog food, but I am big on researching nutrition, and I really like what this food has to offer. First, they utilize Olive oil. The health benefits are wonderful. Secondly, they promote the fact that this product is mainly monunsaturated fat, which helps build the immune system. Poly fats are immune system depressants. Lastly this company uses no re-grind in the product. I have always fed my bulldog what I consider the best, (Innova) until PG purchased Natura. Now I won't feed those products.
      If any of you are feeding Tuscan, give me your thoughts. If you are feeding a better food, I would like to know what it is so I can check it out. Thanks.

      Jim
    1. Tampabullies's Avatar
      Tampabullies -
      Has anyone used SoJo's? I recently switched our baby over to the Raw Turkey SoJo's. She seems to be doing better but is still having awful time with watery eyes. The vet suggsted moving over to Royal Canine Hypoallergenic for a while. Has anyone tried either?
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      JAKEISGREAT -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tampabullies View Post
      Has anyone used SoJo's? I recently switched our baby over to the Raw Turkey SoJo's. She seems to be doing better but is still having awful time with watery eyes. The vet suggsted moving over to Royal Canine Hypoallergenic for a while. Has anyone tried either?
      you might want to post a question under the food and nutrition forum! Start a new thread. A lot of people won't see this. I'm not very good with food but we have a lot of people that are. I do know Royal Canin isn't very highly rated and/or thought of. I'll tag @cowsmomshe knows a lot about food.
    1. Fontanafox's Avatar
      Fontanafox -
      Does the Avocado have to be ripe or can dogs eat them unripened? Many years ago a neighbors Great Dane ate some Avocados that fell off a neighboring tree and he developed so much gas the vet had to insert a tube into his tummy to release it. I'm assuming he overdid the feasting. I myself am allergic to them.

      I have an iPhone app that is called Om nom, Can my dog eat it? It says Avocados are somewhat dangerous. The actual avocado is not the real danger. It says the seed and leaves are the biggest danger. Persin, an element in avocados are known to be toxic. Persin can cause damage to the tissue in the lungs and heart, as well as other organs. Avocados have a high fatty content that can provoke vomiting and pancreatitis. The seed prevents a danger in the form of a choking hazard or an obstruction if swallowed.
    1. boomsboo's Avatar
      boomsboo -
      We recently switched Tank to AvoDerm and will NEVER look back lol. His coat is so soft and shiny now it's amazing
    1. Jim Roe's Avatar
      Jim Roe -
      Yes I have feed both. I found that with Warner, the results were so so. He was having the same problem with watery eyes and staining. I have been feeding Tuscan Natural now since May, and the results are better than I thought could be possible. His eyes have mostly dried up, but he still gets "goobers" periodically. I honestly think it is the olive oil in the product. The ingredients read very similar to other brands, but I never got these results from other foods. None of them use olive oil. Hope this helps.

      Jim
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      JAKEISGREAT -
      @Fontanafox..you know, we have had dogs eat avocados that fall off our trees forever! Never..ever had a problem. I can't imagine that unless you were allergic,it's really a fear! When jake's mom was nursing..she was given avocados to help her keep weight on! Jake has already eaten many avvies and while I have to watch him like a hawk so he doesn't eat the pit...he has done fine! One time we had a Doberman that ate 8..yes 8.. In one day! not a hint of trouble..lol..but she had a cast iron tummy!
    1. Fontanafox's Avatar
      Fontanafox -
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      JAKEISGREAT -
      Awwwwww! @Fontanafox! You are tooooo good! It's great!!