I Reviewed 9 Dog Bowls To Find The Best for French Bulldogs

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The Best Food Bowls for Frenchies

If you’re a French bulldog owner, you know that finding the right dog bowl can be a challenge. These pups have a unique body shape and size that can make it difficult for them to comfortably eat and drink from traditional dog bowls. They’re either too short, too deep, not elevated, not cute, etc. etc. 

Not only does my Frenchie Fira have a non-existent snout, she is also the MESSIEST eater. Half of her food ends up on the floor. So, I wanted to look for something with a tray or something that could catch or prevent the food fall-out. After eating, her bowl would sometimes be tipped over on its side, too. She is wild.

That’s where specially-designed French bulldog dog bowls come in! My criteria for the bowls this time was mainly for Fira. Weston is the quietest, most gentle, delicate eater — he doesn’t spill a drop! Fira is the complicated one. Weston also has a bit of a longer snout than Fira, making it easier for him to reach his food. 

Who knew it was this much work to find the best food bowl for a dog?!

french bulldog puppy eating food

The Criteria

So, Fira needed a bowl that would cater to her non-existent snout, be easy to clean, and stay securely in place on the floor. Finding a solution that not only prevents regurgitation but also adds a touch of style to the kitchen would be an added bonus!

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best dog bowl options for French bulldogs and discuss what features to look for when choosing the perfect bowl for your furry friend.

Here are the 9 bowls I picked up for my French Bulldogs:

(Hint: Scroll down to the end of this post to find my #1 choice for dog food bowl.)

Ono The Good Bowl: When I opened the box for this, I was ooo-ing and aah-ing over the way it was sleekly packaged and just super clean/modern. The bowls are really shallow and wide, so it helps small-snout and squishy-faced dogs get into the bowl better. 

The removable silver bowls stay snug in the mat and the best feature of these bowls is that the entire silicone mat stays gripped to the floor so it doesn’t go anywhere

These are perfect for a neat eater (aka: Weston!), but the bowls were too shallow for little Fira. The tray around the bowl was littered with fallen food right away.

best bowl for french bulldogs

I originally got this Duo Collapsible Dog Bowl for traveling, but ended up using it as Fira’s dog bowl for awhile! I love its size (pretty roomy), grip (silicone stays on the floor and doesn’t move around), it’s easy to clean and has that tray for fall-out. Not sure how but it ended up ripping, so we had to throw it out, but I included it on this list as a good bowl for French bulldogs.

Ceramics Raised Bowl: The design of this bowl is really nice, very modern and a cool shape. I could see this really as a nice accent piece in a contemporary kitchen. It has a solid weight because of the ceramic and doesn’t move around. It’s meant to be a cat food bowl, so it is a bit small and food kept spilling over the edge but I did appreciate that it is elevated.

 


BTW, this is the silicone mat we use and we don’t let Fira eat without one! It’s a must for clean floors and easy clean-up — not to mention, keeps the dog bowl from moving around.


testing dog bowl for french bulldogs

Wide Ceramic Dog Bowl: Super pretty dog bowl made of solid ceramic. This bowl is super wide and is taller at the back, which I thought would work for Fira. I think it was too large and the food got stuck at the back and top edges. She couldn’t ever finish her meal without me scraping the food back toward the front. So maybe not the best French bulldog food bowl for Fira. 

But I think if your dog eats dry food or is bigger, this dog bowl is a decent choice!

 

Slow Feeder Bowl: if your dog eats super fast, like Fira does, a dog bowl for fast-eaters is a smart option. A slow bowl is great as it forces your French bulldog to work around the bowl and gives them time to chew and digest — and not inhale their food. Sometimes it feels like some dogs don’t even chew their food!

This one did not work for Weston or Fira at ALL. Fira couldn’t get her little face in and just stared at it, confused and frustrated- poor girl. Fira needs something sturdy that doesn’t move around and high around the edges, so the food doesn’t spill over the sides, but not too high where she can’t reach. It still wasn’t the winner. 

Do slow feeder bowls even work for French bulldogs?

Depending on your dog’s snout, I did find this slow-feeder bowl that has very shallow, short edges, so it could make a good choice if your French bulldog eats too fast!

Slow feeder bowls help reduce the risks that come from eating too fast: bloating, indigestion and vomiting. They also encourage mental stimulation and fun, contributing to better health and daily mental exercise.

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If the slow feeders don’t work for your dog, have you tried a snuffle mat? A snuffle dog mat is like a cozy playground for your pup’s nose. Picture a soft, durable fabric mat with little hiding spots for kibble (or treats) – it’s a fun and interactive way to engage your pup’s sense of smell. Your dog gets to be a little detective, using their nose to find the hidden treasures. It’s a great way to keep them mentally sharp, beat boredom and slow down those speedy eaters! 

snuffle mat for french bulldog

This option only works with kibble, of course, but forager mats have become more and more popular for pups to slow down their meal times.

 

Fluff Trough. Obviously, you can tell by its unique shape, it’s designed for short-snout dogs (and regular too!) — just like a pig trough- lol. I really like how it’s elevated and the wide size of it. It makes eating meals a bit slower for Fira. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing but it has rave reviews from French bulldog owners.

The best part is the height. Fira is basically horizontal with the bowl, which makes for much better digestion. 

Fira still pushes food up the sides and can’t really reach the top edge of it (ie: if we put the bowl against the wall), so my solution was putting a wide bowl behind it to catch all fall-out. It’s like she gets two bowls of food! 🙂 

And of course with a silicone mat, it doesn’t slide around.

Even though I found a decent solution for this bowl, I found it too cumbersome and a few too many added steps for her meal times. 

Tilted Ceramic Dog Bowl with Wooden Stand: This dog bowl is great! Love the slanted feature and Fira had a much better time eating without a huge mess. Elevated bowls are really beneficial for French bulldogs, as it helps them swallow their food down better without regurgitating it up. This tilted dog bowl also came with silicone grips to stick onto the bottom of the wooden legs — nice! I’d give this a positive 8/10 score.

The Best Food Bowl For My French Bulldog

When I was posting about dog bowls on Instagram, I got so many messages raving about this Enhanced Pet Bowl. It’s made just for French bulldog problems like this. Sturdy grip on the bottom, large area for their face to move around and at an elevated angle. 

You can even buy a stand, so your pup’s bowl is lifted, making it easier to swallow their food without the regurgitation problems. Elevated dog food bowls have many benefits including improved digestion, reduced strain on joints, better posture during feeding, and less mess during meal times, making them an effective way to improve your dog’s health.

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I had to return the stand, as it was a bit too tall for Fira (she’s definitely on the shorter side for a Frenchie), but I really like the bowl and it’s been working out so far! This is my #1 choice. 

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Stainless steel dog bowls are not only durable and easy to clean, but they also have the added benefit of being bacteria-resistant. Unlike other materials such as plastic, which can develop scratches and grooves over time that can harbor bacteria, stainless steel is non-porous and smooth. This means that it is less likely to harbor bacteria and other germs that could potentially harm your dog’s health. On a Frenchie Facebook group, I read about someone switching dog bowls to all stainless steel and their French bulldog’s tear stains completely disappeared!

 


There you have it – the best bowls for French bulldogs (so far). Hope you enjoyed it! If you have any recommendations, please add them in the comments!

 

 

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DIY: Most Loved Healthy Homemade Dog Food

A yummy do-it-yourself dog food recipe for French Bulldogs

As a parent to two of these bat-eared characters, we know with this breed, our pups can be finicky with food and also prone to food allergies. A lot of dog owners, especially parents of Frenchies like me, turn to recipes for homemade dog food.

Because of that, when Weston was a puppy, I started cooking him food myself because of his super sensitive stomach (aka: vomit central) and he LOVED it. He got leaner, farted less and hardly ever vomited. He also looked forward to his meals and licked his bowl clean — woohoo!

Fira’s the lucky one and has been eating homemade cooked dog food since we brought her home, so she has no idea what kibble is and I’m sure would stick her nose up to it. Weston has become quite the food snob and will only eat cooked foods — I even tried to get them on a raw diet and they refused the raw! Picky pups.

As Weston got older, various companies were founded with cooked, human-grade foods so it’s nice to have options when I don’t have time to cook. We love Pure Dog Food, PetPlate, Just Food For Dogs which are all nutritionally balanced.

A couple years ago, we got Weston and Fira an allergy test — I haven’t even gotten one myself even though I’ve wanted to for years but yep, they got one first. #whocanrelate? I used the Nutriscan Food Allergy test.

Weston didn’t really show too many symptoms (only licked his paws occasionally) but knowing how many French Bulldogs have allergies, it seemed like a logical idea…

WELL, Fira is only allergic to pork but Weston is allergic to chicken, turkey, pork, dairy, white fish, sweet potatoes and a few other things. Hence the need to create our own homemade dog food recipe. We were feeding him almost all of those ingredients on the daily- eek.

That really limits our choices and he gets bored eating the same thing over and over, so I decided to mix up his feeding regime and do homemade dog food again to alternate. I like to schedule an afternoon to make a HUGE batch and fill up the freezer. It’s easy, promise!

 

Here’s my recipe for homemade dog food:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 lbs ground beef (or any protein)
  • 1 cup uncooked millet (or any other whole grain: quinoa, rice, pasta)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • half of a zucchini, shredded
  • half of a squash, shredded
  • 1 apple, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp calcium powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • I also add in a few heaping tablespoons (follow their serving instructions) of Canine Complete which is a multivitamin supplement containing probiotics, minerals and everything your dog needs to make your homemade dog food complete. I usually add half a scoop directly into their food bowls when it’s serving time. Otherwise, I’m horrible at math and don’t know exactly how much to put in the entire recipe. This supplement added to this dog food recipe should contain everything your dog needs, but of course, do your own research as every dog is different. Weston + Fira have had great success with Canine Complete and have never vomited or had any adverse reaction from it.

1. Bring 1 cup of whole grain to boil in a pot of water. I overcook it so that it’s soft and easily digestible. Drain.

2. While that’s boiling, shred/chop the veggies.

3. Cook ground beef with olive oil. Drain excess juices.

4. Mix everything together! No need to cook the veggies. Overcooking vegetables removes the natural nutrients. The heat from the cooked meat and whole grain will soften the vegetables up a bit.

The Benefits of Homemade Dog Food:

I can’t stress enough the benefits of preparing homemade dog food for your fur baby. Not only do you have greater control over the quality and type of ingredients used, but you can also customize meals to meet your dog’s specific dietary needs. Plus, your pup will appreciate the fresher and more flavorful food. Weston + Fira eat their homemade food so fast and never skip a meal.

Homemade dog food can also be a more affordable option in the long run and can help avoid potential allergens or fillers that may be present in commercial dog food. As a dog mom, it’s important to me to make sure my pups are getting the right nutrition and and preparing homemade dog food is a rewarding and satisfying way to do that. 🙂 

Other benefits of ingredients in this homemade dog food recipe:

  • Olive oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can promote healthy skin and coat, monounsaturated fats that can support heart health by improving blood circulation and reducing the risk of heart disease, aids in digestion, relieve constipation in dogs and improve the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Coconut improves skin and coat health, aids in digestion and promotes a healthy immune system.
  • Calcium is essential for dogs as it plays a vital role in maintaining healthy bones and teeth, supporting nerve and muscle function, and aiding in blood clotting.
  • Pumpkin regulates blood sugar levels, reduces inflammation and provide a natural source of vitamins and probiotics for your dog.

Store in containers or Ziplock bags and freeze. Makes enough for about one week of meals for two dogs (Fira weighs 14 lbs and Weston weighs 24 lbs).

I feed them twice a day: breakfast and dinner. I feed Fira about a cup per meal and Weston gets a little over a cup of this homemade dog food per meal. 

Thaw out food the night before or microwave and serve! 

 

Homemade dog food allows you to have greater control over the quality and type of ingredients used, customization of meals to meet your dog’s specific dietary needs, and the potential for fresher and more flavorful food that will keep your dog happy, especially those picky pups! Additionally, preparing homemade dog food can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for us dog parents who want to be sure that our pups are receiving the best possible nutrition.

I always love my afternoons cooking homemade dog food, with Weston + Fira waiting in the kitchen, and I hope you do too with this recipe!

 

Disclaimer: use your own judgment and speak to your veterinarian if you have questions/concerns.

If you’re pressed for time and unable to prepare your own homemade dog food, don’t worry! Nowadays, there are countless dog food brands available on the market. When I started cooking meals for my pup, there were only one or two companies to choose from. However, in recent years, the number of dog food companies has increased significantly, offering dog owners a wide range of choices to select from.

Here are a few I recommend…

Just Food For Dogs is the first fresh dog food company that I tried, which was almost a decade ago! They specialize in providing high-quality, human-grade food for dogs. Their meals are prepared in their own kitchens, following strict food safety standards, and are tested for nutritional content by accredited vets. There’s a decent variety of flavors like beef + potato, lamb + rice, white fish + sweet potato and turkey + macaroni. 

With over 200 locations nationwide, including all Petco stores, I find myself easily picking up Just Food For Dogs when I’m running low on dog food and need to find it fast! 

The Farmer’s Dog is also one of the more popular dog food brands out there! Did you see their most recent Superbowl commercial? *tear jerker*

The meals are pre-portioned and personalized for your dogs’ specific needs based on a profile you create when signing up. The food is gently cooked to maintain whole food integrity and natural nutrients, then frozen and shipped directly to your door. Sign up and get 50% off your first order!

PetPlate also offers delicious, balanced dog food that looks like real food. They come in convenient little containers and and an easy subscription plan (a full plan could cost as little as $1.29/day!). Your dog will thank you!


Need to find out what food allergies your dog may have? I used NutriScan and found out Weston + Fira were allergies to so many ingredients I would have never even known! 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth at Home

The Ultimate Guide to Canine Dental Care: How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth Like a Pro

How many of you actually brush your dog’s teeth?

Brushing my own teeth is annoying enough as it is… I’m trying to get in the habit of brushing both my dogs’ teeth more often, especially Weston. He unfortunately had to get several teeth pulled out throughout the past years because they were rotting and causing gum disease. Apparently, it’s common for Bulldogs to have bad teeth because of their overbite and overcrowding of teeth. 

If you notice your dog has bad breath, red swollen gums, yellow-ish brown tartar along the gum line, or bumps within the mouth, do go see the vet and get it checked out. Your pup could have major infections inside the mouth and even loose teeth.

Dental hygiene is just as important for dogs as it is for humans, but it’s something that many pet owners overlook (myself included). Neglecting your dog’s teeth can lead to a variety of health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even life-threatening infections.

Taking care of your dog’s teeth at home is simple and straightforward with a few basic supplies and a little patience. This article will walk you through each step of the process, from choosing the necessary tools to brushing your dog’s teeth and providing alternative cleaning methods for those who struggle with toothbrushing. Whether you’re a new pet parent or a seasoned dog owner, this guide will help you ensure that your furry companion’s teeth stay healthy and strong for years to come!

What You’ll Need for A Successful At-Home Dog Teeth Cleaning

Before you start cleaning your dog’s teeth at home, it’s important to gather all the necessary supplies. In this section, we’ll go over the supplies you’ll need, explain why each one is important, and offer some tips for choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your dog.

The toothbrush is the most important tool in your dog’s dental care kit. Look for a toothbrush that’s specifically designed for dogs, as human toothbrushes can be too harsh on their teeth and gums. You can choose between a traditional toothbrush or a finger brush, depending on your preference and your dog’s comfort level. Make sure the toothbrush is the right size for your dog’s mouth and teeth.

Here are some of the most popular toothbrushes for dogs:

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Radius Pet Organic Oral Care Kit

Have you seen the RADIUS toothbrushes for humans? They are super wide, aid in massaging the gums and help with gum disease protection. So, RADIUS makes the same toothbrush for dogs and we get to have matching toothbrushes? CUTE.

Radius Toothbrushes for humans

More dog toothbrushes…

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Bamboo Pet Toothbrushes

The Prymal Pets Bamboo Toothbrush is an eco-friendly and sustainable option for cleaning your dog’s teeth. Made from high-quality, biodegradable bamboo, this toothbrush is designed to be gentle on your dog’s teeth and gums while effectively removing plaque and tartar. This toothbrush is also lightweight and is dual-ended, making it a great choice for pet parents of all experience levels.

Vet’s Best Toothbrush + Enzymatic Toothpaste

This kit includes a double-headed toothbrush with soft bristles that effectively remove plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth, as well as an enzymatic toothpaste that’s specifically formulated to fight off harmful bacteria and freshen your dog’s breath. The toothpaste is made with natural ingredients like aloe vera, neem oil and enzymes to ensure that it’s safe and gentle on your dog’s teeth and gums. I read various reviews mentioning this toothpaste helped slough the tartar right off their pup’s teeth!

Dog Toothbrush 10,000 Soft Bristles

Oh Rigby Toothbrush is possibly the softest dog toothbrush on the market! 10,000 fine bristles make it painless to brush your pet’s pearly whites and keep their gums from bleeding. The ultra-soft bristles gently brush away build-up, plaque and tartar while keeping your pet’s teeth and gums safe from harsh bristles and bleeding.

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Oxyfresh Premium Pet Dental Kit

If you prefer the finger brushes for brushing your dog’s teeth, the Oxyfresh Premium Pet Dental Kit is a complete dental care system for your furry friend. The kit includes a toothpaste, a bottle of water additive and 3 finger brushes and is safe for all pets and does not contain any harmful chemicals or additives. It has rave reviews and I have been adding this to Weston + Fira’s routine, especially the water additive. 

360º Dog Finger Toothbrush

Made with food-grade silicone, non-toxic and allows for easy cleaning of the entire mouth with just a few swipes!

Petsmile Toothpaste Applicator Swabs

If your dog just refuses to accept any type of brush in his mouth or is very sensitive, try Petsmile Applicator Swabs. Just gently spread the toothpaste onto your pet’s teeth and molars in seconds! The swabs are reusable — just rinse and dry. 

Dog Teeth Cleaning Chew Toy

If your dog refuses toothbrush and/or toothpaste, try a chew toy! These toys are specifically created with bristles to clean their teeth as they are chewing and playing. You can even add toothpaste within the rows of bristles. 

Which toothpaste for my dog?

Dog toothpaste is specially formulated to be safe for dogs to swallow and come in a variety of flavors that appeal to dogs. Do not use human toothpaste, as it can be harmful to your dog. Look for a toothpaste that contains enzymes that help break down plaque and tartar. Many people even use coconut oil as a substitute for toothpaste for their dogs (which, by the way, is amazing for our teeth as well! See: coconut pulling)

The paste in the Radius Oral Care Kit is all organic and made with sweet potatoes and cinnamon and actually smells really nice! I also like the toothpaste that comes in the Oxyfresh Premium Pet Dental Kit — it’s unscented! Make sure to try out different flavors of toothpaste to find one that your dog likes.

Bestselling Pet Toothpaste

Radius Canine Dental Gel

Vet’s Best Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste

Arm & Hammer for Pets Dental Enzymatic Toothpaste for Dogs 

Petsmile Professional Pet Toothpaste

 

Time to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

1.) Introduce the toothbrush: Before you start brushing your dog’s teeth, let them sniff and taste the toothbrush and toothpaste. This will help them get used to the new sensations and flavors.

If this is the first time you’re brushing your pups’ teeth then make it fun for them. Give them exercise first so they are relaxed through this process. Start brushing their teeth as a puppy so they get used to it early on. 

2.) Never use human toothpaste: it’s poisonous to dogs! So grab some dog toothpaste and give your pup a sample to introduce them to it.

3.) Lift the lip to expose the gums and teeth of your dog and gently brush their teeth how you would your own. Use a forty-five degree angle. Talk to your dog through this to assure them that there’s nothing to worry about. Make sure to get the back upper teeth as they usually build up tartar. Gradually work your way back to the molars. Be sure to brush both the inside and outside of each tooth.

If your dog is not used to the brushing then start doing only a couple teeth til they are fully comfortable with it.

4.) Give your pup some love by petting them or giving them their favorite toy to make them love getting their teeth brushed. Try getting synthetic bones with bristles which are great for your pups teeth and gums. Bones are great for pups so they get strengthen the gums and teeth and even get rid of build up plaque. Even getting pets the right type of toy is one effective way to help combat dental problems.

Remember to be patient. Your dog may resist at first, but it’s important to be patient and persistent. Try to make the experience as positive as possible by offering treats and praise throughout the process.

Why is Dog Dental Care Important?

Dental hygiene is essential for your dog’s overall health and well-being. Neglecting their teeth can lead to serious health issues, like periodontal disease, bacterial infections, and teeth extractions (which are also expensive!). It’s important to start a dental care routine for your dog at home and maintain it consistently.

Brushing your dog’s teeth is a simple and effective way to keep their teeth clean, but it’s not the only option. There are also dental treats, chews, and water additives that can aid in maintaining oral health. If you’re having difficulty getting started or your dog has sensitive teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian for some advice. Remember, taking care of your dog’s teeth can help extend their lifespan and save you from expensive dental treatments in the future. So don’t wait until it’s too late, start prioritizing your fur baby’s dental health as soon as possible. 🙂

 

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Aspiration Pneumonia + Coupage Steams for French Bulldogs

small cream french bulldog in white bed

In the seven years of Fira’s life so far, she has aspirated six times. Basically, she has regurgitated and gotten foreign substances in her lungs like food, vomit or even just her saliva. 

This seems to be more common in French bulldogs, especially if they have or have had elongated soft palate issues. Fira is on the more petite side for a French bulldog (14 lbs) and I’ve had to keep a close eye on her breathing for most of her life, as her nose and soft palate is small, and she can easily become congested. 

So, what is aspiration pneumonia?

Aspiration pneumonia is a type of lung infection that happens when the lungs become inflamed due to inhalation, or aspiration, of a foreign substance. These foreign substances can be food, fluid, vomit, or saliva. 

Inflammation and infection in the lung tissue and airways can cause difficulty in breathing, coughing, fever, and other symptoms. Aspiration pneumonia can be life-threatening, especially if it is severe enough to restrict the flow of oxygen. Brachycephalic breeds, like French Bulldogs, Pugs, English Bulldogs, are more likely to develop aspiration pneumonia compared with non-brachycephalic breeds. 

In simple terms, pneumonia is inflammation of deep lung tissue and usually causes severe respiratory distress.

french bulldog under vet care

The first time Fira got aspiration pneumonia was in May 2018 when she was three years old. We were in London, of all places, and had to find an emergency vet at midnight. Earlier in the day, she appeared to be in good health, but in the evening, she suddenly became lethargic, vomited, and experienced difficulty breathing.

Other symptoms to look out for:

  • Panting
  • Noisy or wet breathing
  • Very congesting breathing
  • Not eating
  • Coughing
  • Blue-colored gums or tongue
  • Weakness
  • Collapse

Earlier that day, we had given her a type of marrow bone from the pet store, and I believe her excessive chewing caused some of the pieces, along with her saliva, to regurgitate back into her lungs. It was a distressing experience and being in another country made the experience so much scarier! Luckily, Fira was put on an IV drip and oxygen therapy right away.

Your vet will listen for abnormal lung sounds and take chest X-rays to identify any cloudiness in the affected lung areas.

Some of the bone marrow must have caused a bacterial infection in her lungs. Thankfully, her other cases of aspiration have never been as bad as this first one. The other times she’s aspirated, she never had to do a IV drip or oxygen therapy — just antibiotics and some coupage steams. 

Given its 25 percent fatality rate, aspiration pneumonia should be taken very seriously. Treatment can include hospitalization, IV fluids, antibiotics, oxygen therapy, nebulization, and coupage.

Are you worried your dog has pneumonia? Talk to a licensed vet right away with Vetster. Vetster offers affordable online veterinarian and virtual pet care services on-demand.

What is a coupage?

When done correctly, coupage can help in loosening and clearing the lungs of excess secretions. Coupage involves using steam to hydrate the lower airway and thin out secretions, then cupping your hands and gently patting your dog’s chest area with pressure but gently (also known as: thoracic percussion therapy), which helps loosen deep lung fluids.

First, run a steamy, hot shower with any windows and doors closed to trap all the excess steam inside. Let your dog sit in the shower or bathroom for 10 minutes like a mini sauna, then pat their chest after.

I’ve actually found more success with creating a mini steam box. 

I use a small basket that Fira fits comfortably inside (your dog should be able to stand and move around in it), put a lid on, and use a handheld steamer. 

Here’s the basket I use:

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I like this one because there’s already openings on both sides, so she can breathe easily without the steam becoming too overwhelming. It’s actually a collapsible pet bathtub, so it has multiple uses!

I’ve also seen people use a large clear storage box with some holes cut into it, or alternatively just place the lid on with a bit of an opening on top. 

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Use the steamer to create a nice steam box for your pup for about 10 minutes. Always check on your dog to make sure they aren’t overheating and never leave them unattended!

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After 10 minutes, it’s time for patting.

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When you pat your dog’s chest, you should cup your hands. Your palm should not be flat against their body. The idea is that your tapping should be firm enough to loosen fluid that may be trapped deep within the lungs, but not so hard as to cause pain or discomfort for your dog — almost like burping a baby. I usually tap 10x each on the left side of chest, then right side, then left side of ribcage area, then right side, then a few taps on her upper back.

I learned this from my vet years ago, as he also has French bulldogs. I’ve posted about this before on Instagram and surprisingly, a lot of frenchie owners don’t know about coupage!

What about nebulization for dogs?

Nebulizers work by converting liquid into a fine mist, which can easily be inhaled directly to the lungs, providing faster, effective relief. You fill the device with water, place the cup gently over their nose, and allow the fine aerosol mist to do its magic. 

(I found this dog-shaped nebulizer at a local pharmacy!)

I find a coupage steam is more effective (especially if there is congestion present in the lungs), but a nebulizer works in a pinch and does aid in lubricating nasal passages for your dog. 

I’ve realized that coupage steams and/or nebulization are a must for French bulldogs and brachycephalic breeds for regular maintenance. If your dog gets easily congested, try coupage steams and see if it makes a difference. 

If you think your dog has aspiration pneumonia, make sure you go to your vet for immediate action. More than likely, your pup will go on antibiotics for around 2 weeks. Limit activity and keep your dog in a calm, stress-free environment so they can recuperate and breathe easy. During this period, I usually do the coupage steams for my dog 2-3 times a day. I hope this post was helpful!

Watch my how-to video on Instagram:

french bulldog how to coupage

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How to Spend One Day in Palm Springs with Your Dog

palm springs in front of juniper hotelFrom Morning Until Night, Here’s What To Do If Time Is Limited

 

Only have one day in Palm Springs with your dog? Jen on the Run has the perfect itinerary for you!

Palm Springs is filled with restaurants, shopping, events, and outdoor activities that you and your dog can enjoy together. This stunning desert oasis with near-perfect weather year-round offers a unique mix of relaxation, adventure, and entertainment. 

Just a short drive from Los Angeles and San Diego, Palm Springs makes a great weekend getaway. And fortunately, there are ample opportunities to bring you pup with you to dog parks, restaurants, and window shopping.

Don’t forget to snag your free map of all the places mentioned at the end of this post!

So without further ado, let’s dive into my guide on How to Spend One Day in Palm Springs with Your Dog: 

 

MORNING

8:00am: Wake up in your very own room at the Kimpton Rowan Hotel (pets always stay free!) and take in the stunning mountain views. Located right in downtown Palm Springs, the Rowan has a unique and artistic vibe. Head to the rooftop first thing in the morning and you might be lucky enough to have it all to yourself.

Quite possibly the best view, period, in Palm Springs, the rooftop and pool here can’t be missed.

The lobby is also super chic with the decor well-suited for Palm Springs, which is the epicenter of mid-century modern design in Southern California. And better yet, dogs stay free at the Rowan!

 

Looking for other Insta-Worthy Hotels in Palm Springs? Check out this post

 

10:00am: Once you’ve gotten your fill of views from the roof (and maybe a mimosa or two from the rooftop bar), walk just 10 minutes up Palm Canyon for coffee and pastry at Koffi

One of local’s favorite spots, Koffi is a small chain with four locations in the area known for its freshly roasted beans and custom blends. 

It’s the largest independent specialty coffee retail and roasting company in the Coachella Valley. Bring your pup along and grab yourself a honey vanilla iced latte along with a banana walnut muffin. Yum!

Koffi. 515 N Palm Canyon Dr.

 

AFTERNOON

12:00pm: If the weather isn’t too hot, the afternoon is the perfect time to head out on a dog-friendly hike. If you just have one day in Palm Springs with your dog, I recommend a short but pleasant one: The Butler Abrams Trail in Rancho Mirage.

[ Photo: Google ]

 

Technically, this trail is outside the perimeter of Palm Springs proper, but it’s not far from downtown – about a 20 minutes’ drive. Depending on what time of year you arrive, you’ll see beautiful bougainvillea flowers, cacti, and plenty of date palm trees along your walk. 

At 2.4 miles total, the trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Avoid coming on windy days, as there is sand along this trail which might pose a challenge in high wind conditions.

Generally considered as an easy walking trail, many dog parents bring their pups of all sizes here for a relaxed afternoon stroll.

 

2:00pm: Now that you’ve had the chance to work up your appetite, it’s time for a little lunch. Head back to Palm Springs and stop by Sherman’s Deli & Bakery, a local favorite. This popular restaurant gets crowded pretty quickly, so it’s best to avoid the rush and come later in the day. 

Sherman’s has a lot of seating both inside and out, and the patio is dog-friendly. I recommend the classic tuna melt or beef brisket sandwich served on a French roll. Also, their homemade potato latkes are out of this world. I hope you came hungry!

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery. 401 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.

 

4:00pm: It’s time to shop ‘til you drop! Most of the shops along Palm Canyon Drive (the main drag in Palm Springs) are dog-friendly. Stop by Cold Nose Warm Heart, a charming boutique pet store where furry friends of all kinds are welcome. 

Find toys, pet food, collars, leashes, and more and this adorable shop, then continue to head down Palm Canyon for more shopping, including West Elm, H&M, Trina Turk, etc.

Cold Nose Warm Heart. ​​187 South Palm Canyon Dr.

EVENING

7:00pm: Round out the day in Palm Springs with your dog at Boozehounds. This restaurant is centered all around dogs, so definitely bring your pup for all the fun!

boozehounds palm springs

They have a menu made especially for your pup, with options like a loaded sweet potato with ground chicken, a teriyaki salmon bowl, a doggie tv diner with beef meatloaf, and even watermelon gazpacho! And of course, the options for humans are delicious, too.

The open-air atrium at Boozehounds is so cute, and the cabana bar and patio out back are everything your pup has been dreaming of and more. Bring your furry pal and they’ll get to make friends with other doggos there, too!

Boozehounds. 2080 N Palm Canyon Dr.

 

9:00pm: Once dinner’s over, it’s time to head back to the Kimpton Rowan for the night. After all these fun activities, your pup (and likely you, too!) will be dog-tired, pun intended. Cheers to spending one day in Palm Springs with your dog!

Are you ready to book your trip to Palm Springs? Feel free to share your questions and comments below.

 

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DIY: Salmon Quinoa Homemade Dog Food

homemade salmon dog food in white bowl

Wholesome and Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipe – Keep Your Pup Happy and Healthy

Try this healthy homemade dog food recipe for your dogs! It’s full of antioxidants, healthy fats and omegas. My French bulldogs do so well on salmon — it’s definitely become their favorite.

Salmon for dogs?

Salmon is an excellent source of nutrition for dogs due to its high protein content, as well as amino and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to their health. These nutrients can provide several potential benefits to dogs, such as boosting their immune system, reducing inflammation, and even helping to alleviate skin allergies. It helps boosts their immune system, reduce inflammation and even reduce skin allergies. Amino acids are a must in an animal’s diet. Dogs that do not get enough of the essential amino acids can have healthy issues ranging from: weakened immune systems and skin and coat allergies.

Incorporating salmon into your dog’s diet can be as easy as making a homemade salmon-based meal or even adding salmon oil to their food. 

This homemade dog food recipe includes baked salmon, raw shredded veggies, cooked quinoa and pureed pumpkin (lots of fiber). This one’s a variation of the original dog food recipe I’ve posted before. Weston can be really picky and has been known to skip meals but with this version, he hasn’t missed a meal yet!

homemade dog food ingredients salmon vegetables pumpkin

HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPE:

Total cost of this recipe: $94.24 (not including the Canine Complete + coconut oil, so we could round this up to $100)

This number changes depending on the cost of the salmon and produce. The salmon cost me $84.22 for 6 lbs at $13.99/pound, but you can definitely plan for deals + sales. To lower the price of the recipe, you can do half salmon, half turkey or beef instead, too. 

 

1. Bake salmon in oven 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

salmon fillets in oven

2. Cook quinoa with water until quinoa soaks up all liquid and fluff with fork. You’ll have over 4 cups of cooked quinoa.

3. Shred all veggies with grater.

4. Mix all ingredients together!

How many servings for this recipe?

This recipe makes 26 cups of food.

I feed Weston (24 lbs) about a cup of food per meal; breakfast and dinner. I store all the food in a few gallon-size ziploc bags and freeze them. They’re easy to thaw (just transfer a bag to the fridge the night before) and easy to portion. This recipe should last 2 weeks for one dog.

homemade dog food in ziploc bags

homemade dog food recipe healthy salmon

 

RECIPE:

  • 6 lbs salmon
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 cans pureed pumpkin
  • 7 oz melted coconut oil (almost a cup)
  • Any supplement/vitamin you like or recommended by vet (try Canine Complete)
  • Bake salmon in oven 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Cook quinoa with water until quinoa soaks up all liquid and fluff with fork. You’ll have over 4 cups of cooked quinoa.
  • Shred all veggies with grater.
  • Mix all ingredients together!

 

 

Don’t have time to make your own homemade dog food?

Here are a few fresh dog food companies I recommend…

Just Food For Dogs is the first fresh dog food company that I tried, which was almost a decade ago! They specialize in providing high-quality, human-grade food for dogs. Their meals are prepared in their own kitchens, following strict food safety standards, and are tested for nutritional content by accredited vets. There’s a decent variety of flavors like beef + potato, lamb + rice, white fish + sweet potato and turkey + macaroni. 

With over 200 locations nationwide, including all Petco stores, I find myself easily picking up Just Food For Dogs when I’m running low on dog food and need to get it fast! 

The Farmer’s Dog is also one of the more popular dog food brands out there! Did you see their most recent Superbowl commercial? *tear jerker*

The meals are pre-portioned and personalized for your dogs’ specific needs based on a profile you create when signing up. The food is gently cooked to maintain whole food integrity and natural nutrients, then frozen and shipped directly to your door. Sign up and get 50% off your first order!

PetPlate also offers delicious, balanced dog food that looks like real food. They come in convenient little containers and and an easy subscription plan (a full plan could cost as little as $1.29/day!). Your dog will thank you!

 

Curious if your dog has food allergies? Try this at-home test.

 

Los Angeles Dog-Friendly Guide

nikki and french bulldog in los angeles mall

Where to take your dogs in Los Angeles?

Hello, Dog Angeles! Whether you are visiting or have lived here for years, I think we’ll all agree that LA is one of the most dog-friendly cities there are. With its sunshine and abundant space, Los Angeles offers lots of things to do with your dog. I’ve lived here for over 15 years and I’m still covering ground — this city is big! I’ve listed my favorite places to play, eat, shop + stay with your pup. Welcome to the best coast — the West Coast!

 

french bulldog lake hollywood dog park

Lake Hollywood is a must, especially for that infamous pic under the Hollywood sign! There’s a fun little leash-only dog park below that’s usually dotted with pups and picnics — one of the most popular dog-friendly parks in Los Angeles. 3160 Canyon Lake Dr.

french bulldog going to west hollywood dog park

West Hollywood Dog Park is a beautiful, manicured park across the street from the Pacific Design Center. Fully fenced areas with artificial grass for large dog + and a separate fenced area for small dogs. Take a quick 5 minute walk to Zinque for delicious, French small plates + their happy hour. 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Bluff Creek Dog Park: for those on the Westside, this super clean park offers artificial grass and a small man-made creek. 12604 Bluff Creek Dr. Playa Vista.

Griffith Park is massive and the perfect place for a nature lover. The park stretches over 4,210 acres of land which makes it one of the largest urban parks in North America. You can explore the Travel Town Museum which features an old railroad track, have a grassy picnic or just have a nice walk around.

If you’re into hiking, put on your workout gear and get your Instagram photos in at Runyun Canyon. The steps will really have you work up a sweat!

 

Read the post: Best Dog Parks in Los Angeles That Aren’t Overcrowded

You would think Southern California’s beaches would be filled with pups running up and down after tennis balls, but LA has very strict rules on bringing dogs to their beaches. Many are not dog-friendly — there are just a few beaches near Los Angeles that allow dogs off-leash.

Dog-Friendly Off-Leash Beaches in Southern California:

  • Huntington Dog Beach: 100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
  • Rosie’s Dog Beach: between Granada Ave + Roycroft Ave. 5000 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803.
  • Leo Carrillo: located north of lifeguard tower 3. 35000 W Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA.

 

Fun tip: if you have a French bulldog, check out the So Cal’s French Beachdogs Meetup group. Frenchie owners + their pups get together for a playdate at Rosie’s Dog Beach!

Paul Smith store: I know, I know. The iconic bubblegum pink wall is overplayed on Instagram and with bloggers but if you’re already on Melrose Ave, you can’t miss it. Take a photo with your pup against the infamous pink wall — just do it. 😉

Of all the shopping areas in LA, Melrose Place is the most charming and oh so “European,” in my humble opinion. This beautiful, tree-lined street features floral alley ways and chic luxury brands like Chloe, Isabel Marant, Oscar de la Renta, Bottega Veneta, Violet Grey and more.

 

My favorite place to shop is Century City Westfield because they have everything. Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Container Store, H&M, Zara, Oak + Fort, Aritzia… and can’t-miss restaurants like Eataly, Javier’s and Din Tai Fung. It’s also just a beautiful place to walk with your dogs — gorgeous sitting areas with to-die-for furniture, beautifully crafted planters and urban chic decor. 

 

french bulldog at the grove

Hang out at The Grove! After some shopping (Nordstrom’s, Topshop, Zara, Sephora + more) grab a dairy-free frozen yogurt from Pressed Juicery and hang out on the grassy lawn right next to the main fountain. There are wooden chairs and the Grove provides blankets to stretch out on the grass as well. They even offer complimentary doggie treats. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, make sure to grab a table at Fountain Bar!

 

dog friendly downtown los angeles shopping

ROW DTLA is an urban enclave of creative, forward-thinking retailers, restaurants and boutiques. Think super cool Japanese pottery shops, Korean-owned fashion brands, pop-up shops and cute food spots. You’ll definitely feel like an LA native! 777 S Alameda St.

 

Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. So many must-see stores (Cuyana, Le Labo, Parachute, Shinola + more) and artisanal cafes + restaurants fill this popular area. Every Saturday, check out Artist + Fleas for a flea market with 50+ local vendors. 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

walking dog on rodeo drive golden triangle

Sitting on the base of Rodeo Dr is the iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel (yes, a la Pretty Woman) It is also dog-friendly with no pet fee which is much-appreciated (dogs 15 lbs max). 9500 Wilshire. Just across the street, stop for lunch at Two Rodeo Drive at their upstairs outdoor patio and enjoy the view. It’s definitely touristy but super fun for people-watching. Complimentary 2 hour valet parking. Stroll along this historic road and visit the flagship stores of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier, Harry Winston and more.

walking french bulldog on rodeo drive beverly hills

dogs at outdoor movie theatre

In the mood for a film? The Rooftop Cinema Club has three locations in Los Angeles (DTLA, Arts District + El Segundo). Bring your pup and watch a fun movie outdoors with a great view of the city skylines. They show classic movies like Pulp Fiction, Friday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s — we watched Legally Blonde! You can also get snacks and alcoholic beverages. 😉 

 

dog friendly restaurants in hollywood

Connie & Ted’s. New England seafood classics like fish of the day, fish + chips, raw seafood bar and the best Manhattan chowder in town. Lots of room for your pup(s) with its huge grass-covered patio (converted from their parking lot). 8171 Santa Monica Blvd.

Check out the trendy Ron Herman for curated beauty products, trendy clothing and kitchy home decor. In the front, take a break at Mauro’s Cafe — authentic Italian classics with a modern, cafe atmosphere: my fave dish here is the pomodoro spaghetti with broccoli and peas added in and the Fred’s Pasta! They also offer lots of outdoor seating in their expansive parking lot (it really remains one of the few places in LA with free, ample parking!) 8112 Melrose Ave.

Zinque is one of my favorites in LA, especially for Happy Hour. Happy Hour menu features French mini bites and lotsss of wine. 8684 Melrose Ave.

 

dog friendly restaurants los angeles

Eveleigh features farm-to-table comfort food and an adorable dog-friendly outdoor patio. The decor here is to die for and the pups feel right at home on their beautiful patio. 8752 Sunset Blvd.

Check out my other top 10 Dog Friendly Eats in Hollywood.

The LINE hotel has made its mark in Los Angeles, highlighting Koreatown as a hip, vibrant spot to explore. 12-story hotel features concrete walls and industrial aesthetic. Read more here. Pet fee: free!

 

With twelve lush acres, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel has so many spectacular areas to walk around in, especially near the bungalows. Enjoy the giant palm trees, the iconic pink + green shades and palm leaf prints. I just love the old Hollywood vibes of this hotel. Read full review. Pet fee: $35 per pet, per stay.

Now you can find 1 Hotel in West Hollywood! This eco-friendly hotel fits right into the LA lifestyle with native greenery and natural touches like reclaimed wood and organic zen decor. The lobby feels like an oasis and one of my favorite places to have lunch and bring my laptop (and pups). Pet fee: free!

sofitel dog friendly

Looking for French glamour? Sofitel perfectly combines Hollywood Glamour and French Elegance. One of the perks of this hotel is its location; walking distance to the Beverly Center, restaurants + more. Gorgeous spa, fitness center, and the best part: no pet fee! Read my full review here

palihouse santa monica dog friendly

With 38 rooms and tucked away in a residential area, the Palihotel in Santa Monica is almost hidden and completely peaceful. No pool but this three-story, 1920s Revival building greets you with an enchanting garden with tall greenery, a fountain and even a bocce ball court. Pets stay for $125 and the hotel provides comfy dog beds, bowls + homemade treats. Read full review.

dog friendly hotels los angeles

Silverlake Inn + Pool features 54 rooms, an elevated pool deck and a gorgeous coastal Italian-inspired, outdoor restaurant downstairs called Marco Polo. The rooms feel spacious and airy with cozy accents like speckled terrazzo nightstands, real trees in planters and jute rugs. $125 per pet, up to 2 dogs. 4141 Santa Monica Blvd.

If you’re looking to stay at the beach, Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica is iconic. Built directly on Santa Monica Beach, the beach-chic rooms are plush and and you’re just steps away from the sand, perfect for beach romps with the pup(s)! $125 per dog (25 lbs max), up to 2 dogs. 1 Pico Blvd.

 

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