Bulldogs are loyal and affectionate pets. In the same way that they take care of us owners, we should also ensure that we feed them in the most appropriate way possible.
Most owners think that dog food is dog food. There is no real difference and any would do. However, depending on the breed – in this case our beloved bulldog – there are specific things that you need to follow when feeding them.
Here are three facts that you need to know when feeding your bulldog.
Stay Away from These Ingredients
Bulldogs are a sensitive breed. We don’t mean that in a way that their feelings get hurt easily. Rather it is that they are so prone to allergies that you should really be wary of what you are feeding them.
If there were any ingredients you should be careful feeding them, they would be wheat, soy, grains, and corn-based foods.
Also included is chicken. Just like in people, chicken may trigger allergies if you are unsure what allergies they have. Chicken is usually a suspect for allergies, and rightfully so. In much the same way, foods with preservatives, artificial flavors, and colors should also similarly be avoided in the same reason why humans should too.
Finally, refrain from feeding the bulldogs bone meal. Much like chicken feet and beaks, this is a meal that your bulldog will not be able to digest.
Think About Their Weight
Bulldogs are a big and muscular breed. However, this breed is also very prone to gaining a lot of weight. If left unchecked, any bulldog has obesity on its path.
Food with lower fat content is what should be considered most o the time. Try to aim from somewhere between 8 to 15 % fat in their foods so that they can maintain good and healthy weight.
You should also think twice about feeding them carbohydrates. Apart from getting them fat, it could also lead to some allergic reactions.
It matters what age a bulldog is. Owners shouldn’t feed them one specific type of dog food for all their life. Moreover, the quantity and frequency of meals differs with their age.
As a puppy, if you feed them food that is meant for an adult, it can help them grow quicker. However, it would also aggravate its hip dysplasia that more than half bulldogs experience at a later point of their life.
If your bulldog exercises regularly, it should be fed at least three times a day with a maximum of 1300 calories. Older bulldogs though should be fed only 900 calories in the same frequency.
Doing this will help them avoid obesity throughout their lives.
These interesting health facts about bulldogs should help you feed your bulldogs correctly. In our next article, the writers at Norther Pride American bulldogs will bring you more information about what specific food