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.
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.
- Probiotics in Guaranteed Analysis
- Grain Free Formulas
- Member Success Stories
- Quality Ingredients
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
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.
- 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
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.
- 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 an online retailer with free shipping.
Here are our PET RETAILER choices:
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.
- 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.
- Blue Basics can be a good choice for allergy prone pets
- Found at Pet Retailers
- Limited Ingredient Diets
- Quality Proteins
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.
- 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
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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. The best place however, 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!