We all have heard the fact that milk and dairy products contain high levels of calcium. Calcium is an important mineral that affects bone development. If someone suffers from a calcium deficiency, it can lead to poor growth, skeletal disorders, and other issues with bones. Can French bulldogs drink milk is one of the common questions I hear these days. However, the truth is that milk doesn’t contain enough amount of calcium that is crucial for proper bone development.
Cow milk, goat milk, and sheep milk are not recommended ingredients for French bulldogs. Dairy products, in general, are not a good choice for this breed because they can cause diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence, stomach pains, and other digestive issues.
If you already feed your Frenchie puppy with milk, you should not start to panic. Younger pooches have enzymes that allow them to properly digest lactose from milk. On the other hand, feeding an adult or senior French bulldog with milk can lead to lactose intolerance and severe cases of diarrhea. Therefore, if you include milk in your Frenchie puppy’s diet, make sure you kick it out asap. Even if you give your Frenchie lactose-free milk, it can cause stomach upsets due to milk enzymes and fat.
The good news is that Frenchies can eat their meals with a few spoons of yogurt. Yogurt contains healthy probiotics that strengthen the dog’s immunity and provide other beneficial effects to its digestive system. Therefore, if you feed your Frenchie with a dry kibble diet or you prepare homemade meals, you can add 5-6 spoons of yogurt on top.
French bulldogs can drink coconut milk in small amounts because it’s creamy and it can upset the stomach. Coconut milk is mainly made up of natural water which is good for a dog’s immune system.
On the other hand, soy milk should not find a place on the list of desirable ingredients because it can cause severe allergic reactions. Many Frenchies are allergic to soy and other grains, so their owners have to choose grain-free dry kibble.
Almond milk contains no dairy, so it’s also lactose-free. However, if you want to add this drink as an occasional treat for French bulldogs, the key is to find quality milk that doesn’t contain xylitol. It’s a toxic ingredient to dogs and most almond milk found in supermarkets contains only 3-5 % of almonds.
If your Frenchie suffers from constipation, the best solution will be to feed him with fiber-rich meals instead of with milk. Pumpkin, apple, and peach are ingredients that contain high amount of fibers that will induce stool releasing. Therefore, if your little gremlin deals with hard stool, our advice is to choose other ingredients that won’t cause severe stomach upsets.