English Bulldogs have sensitive stomachs and digestive issues that certain treats can make worse. We compiled tips for feeding your English Bulldog enjoyable treats that keep him happy, healthy and fit.
How Many Treats Can I Feed My English Bulldog?
Follow the 10 percent rule for treats, with treats and snacks accounting for no more than 10 percent of your bulldog’s overall diet.
Natural Foods That Can Be Used as English Bulldog Treats
• Fruits and vegetables: While you don’t imagine a dog noshing on carrots or apples in the wild, they’re actually open to just about anything. Stick with fresh or frozen fruits or veggies, as canned contains too much sodium. Try apple, carrot, banana slices, green beans, berries or watermelon.
• Air-popped popcorn, with no butter or salt, or small pieces of plain rice cakes
• Yogurt with probiotics, plain yogurt, not the kind swirling with sugar and fruit
• Peanut butter (yum!), sugar-free peanut butter is the top choice for dogs
• Pumpkin and sweet potatoes (double yum!), try steamed and cut into cubes
• Eggs, raw, scrambled, hard-boiled or poached, most dogs love ’em
• Grain-free dog cookies
• Small pieces of cheese
• Pieces of cooked salmon (never raw!)
• Wholesome treats baked by a local dog bakery or natural dog food shop
Never Feed These Treats to Your English Bulldog
• Hard goodies that can chip teeth, like hooves, antlers and bones
• Raisins, grapes, chocolate, onions or anything containing caffeine, all of which can be toxic
• Rawhide, which can splinter, break off into sharp pieces and become a choking hazard
• Unhealthy or dangerous ingredients, such as corn syrup, sugar, chemical preservatives, dyes, corn and other cheap fillers, soy and brewer’s rice
Use the same careful selection process you use for your bulldog’s food for your dog’s treats, reading the label and eliminating snacks that are packed with potentially harmful ingredients.
How to Keep Your Bulldog Safe With Treats
• Choking hazards with small and sharp pieces, taking away any treats once they’re small enough to swallow
• Digestive irritation and excessive gas
• Recalls! Even reputable dog treat brands can end up with recalls on their hands, and you want to know about them as soon as possible. Check the regularly updated dog food recall list at Dog Food Advisor.