For good health, your Bulldog needs a balanced diet that contains essential nutrients in proper proportions. They should also have fresh water at their disposal at all times to prevent dehydration. Some dog owners feed their Bulldogs one big meal per day. However, feeding the dog two small meals a day can reduce gas and the risk of gastric torsion.
Bulldogs will eat meat and vegetables. The most important thing is ensuring they have a good mix of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids (found in protein). Carbohydrates provide fuel for energy while amino acids, vitamins, and minerals assist with bodily functions and tissue repair. Fats are also used as a source of energy and promote the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
The specific dietary needs of your Bulldog will vary with its age, allergies, current health condition, and special needs (e.g. pregnancy). Puppies need foods that provide lots of energy but that take its underdeveloped digestive tract into consideration. The food should also provide plenty of calcium and phosphorus which promote healthy growth. After about 18 months, you can switch your dog’s diet to one that is more appropriate for an adult.
Older dogs don’t need as much food. To prevent obesity, you should cut back on the amount of food you’re feeding your Bulldog. Their diet should provide adequate amounts of calcium to ensure bones stay healthy.
A common question dog owners have is whether commercial or homemade food is better for the dog. The simple answer is neither one is better than the other. It all depends on your lifestyle. Homemade food requires more effort, but provides you with more control over your dog’s diet. Commercial dog food provides all the nutrients a dog needs and is convenient. However, you must be careful about which brands you use because some contain non-beneficial filler. Whichever you choose, be consistent. Constantly switching a dog’s diet can wreak havoc on its gastrointestinal tract.
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