Frenchies are happily enjoying life as America’s second most popular breed (source: American Kennel Club). They’re popular pets because they’re loveable, smart, good with children, and adapt well to life in both houses (larger spaces) and apartments. (Smaller spaces) Overall, some families just can’t resist those tiny, muscular legs and cute little wrinkly faces. Let’s face it: French bulldogs are loveable and fun.
You’ll want to give the sweet and snorty Frenchie in your life the best medical care, ever, which includes vitamins and supplements that help keep your dog healthy, happy, and, of course, active.
There are so many pet vitamins and supplements on the market--it can be really overwhelming, and pricey, to find the best for your breed. But overall, with Frenchies, here’s what to look for:
- Fish oil. So many vitamins, so little time! Take a deep breath, you’ve got this. Consider vitamins with fish oil, which contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which can keep your Frenchie’s hair and skin, silky, soft, and shiny. (Animal experts also say fish oil can help maintain your dog’s joint health.) Additionally, the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are good for Fido’s heart and brain; and may also help fight off cancer. Search for fish oil vitamins for your pet from a brand you trust; note it’s available in both pill or liquid form. Consider adding it to your pet’s food as soon as possible.
- Probiotics. We’ve heard their great for humans, but they’re also recommended by vets. Supplement Fido’s diet with probiotics to help combat digestive issues. Overall, probiotics help regulate bacteria in the gut, keeping it healthy and functioning. What your pooch needs is good bacteria ingested from nutritious food. When good bacteria’s in; you want bad bacteria OUT. The cleaner the gut, the better the digestion, and the healthier your Frenchie is.
- Antioxidants. Because of their smushy, snout-like noses, which can cause lung and heart issues, Frenchies breath in all sorts of elements floating in the air, including dust and pollen. Even when going on leisurely walks outside, they’re breathing in car exhaust and more. Vitamins with antioxidants can protect your Frenchie from potential cell damage caused by inhaling toxins. (And yes, they really can’t be completely avoided…) Extracts of Vitamin C and D are great for Frenchies because they fight off icky germs and keep your pet healthy.
- Glucosamine. Don’t let this big word scare you if you see it listed on a bottle of pet vitamins. This natural compound, can strengthen the cartilage and joints in your Frenchie’s legs and thick body. Frenchies are unfortunately prone to joint issues due to their smaller legs and huskier figure, so you want their joints to be as solid as possible. Experts want Frenchie owners to just know this: glucosamine cannot fully treat any existing joint problems; it's used as more of a preventative. Definitely look for vitamins that contain this compound—it’s beneficial for all smaller dogs, really.
When your snorty and sweet Frenchie ages, they’ll need supplements that are specifically designed for older dogs. Keep your veterinarian posted on all your dog’s ailments,and discuss with the doctor which vitamins are best from puppyhood to senior adulthood. Happy vitamin shopping!