1) Feed your puppy frequently.
Young bulldogs need several small meals throughout the day. Your puppy may need to eat up to four times a day as a puppy. Your dog will increase its weight rapidly — possibly by as much as seven to eight times its birth weight — within its first twelve months of life. Puppies generally need about 20-70 calories per pound of body weight. For instance, if your pup weighs ten pounds, it will need between 200 and 700 calories each day, depending on its activity level.
- Don’t just leave food out for your puppy. Even though it needs to eat more frequently than an adult bulldog, it is still susceptible to overeating. Removing bowls of food after your puppy has finished will keep it healthy.
2) Change your dog’s diet slowly.
Do not change your bulldog’s diet until it is at least three to four months old. After obtaining your bulldog (of any age), wait at least two weeks before changing its diet. After two weeks, gradually introduce new foods into its diet and alternate new foods with its standard diet. Monitor your dog’s reaction. If it has soft or excessive stool, switch back to the old diet, then try again later to introduce a different new food after two more weeks.
3) Feed your adult bulldog more as it matures.
The caloric needs of your bulldog will depend on its age and activity level. After about 18 months, your bulldog should be treated nutritionally as an adult. Older dogs usually need about 937 calories per day. Typical adult bulldogs need around 1,145 calories each day. A very active English bulldog could need as much as 1,300 calories in a day.
- While puppies require four meals each day, an adult will usually eat just twice each day.
- Use the nutrition label on your dog food to calculate how many calories your doggie is taking in.
- Adult bulldogs can weigh anywhere from 45 to 55 pounds, however, each dog’s ideal weight varies depending on frame size. Learn to body score your dog so you can monitor the fat cover over the dog’s rib and backbone, and decrease their ration if necessary. Talk to your vet about how much your pet should weigh.
4) Feed your bulldog a nutritious diet.
Your bulldog should receive a healthy balance of protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, and minerals. There are many commercial dog foods available which can satisfy your dog, and some dog foods that are designed specifically for bulldogs. Look for a dog food that is nutritious and ask your vet if you have specific concerns about what your dog is eating.
- Avoid dog foods that are predominately carbs like corn and sugar.
- Dog foods that include high protein contents and slowly-digestible carbs like sweet potatoes and barley are good choices.
- Feed your dog both food and water out of stainless steel bowls. Do not use plastic.
5) Keep your bulldog within a healthy weight.
If your bulldog is overweight, it may have heart, hip, and breathing problems later in life. Obesity also increases your dog’s chances of developing cancer by as much as 20%. You can keep its weight down by feeding it only moderate meals and providing opportunities for regular light exercise like going for walks at the park, or romps at the local dog park.
- Feed your bulldog small kibbles so that it eats slowly. This will prevent both overeating and gas.
6) Give your dog some variety in its diet.
While table scraps can often upset a bulldog’s tummy, there are many ways to include new foods and make fun changes to your dog’s meals. For instance, your bulldog might enjoy apple cinnamon drops.
- To make apple cinnamon drops, you’ll need a large apple, a quarter cup of honey, a half cup of water, a half teaspoon of cinnamon, one cup of oatmeal, one and a half cups of flour, plus another eighth of a cup of flour.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and mince the apple into small pieces. Combine the apple bits, water, oatmeal, and cinnamon into a dough by mixing together in a large mixing bowl. Place inpidual spoonfuls of the dough on an ungreased baking sheet spaced about two inches apart.
- Place the eighth of a cup of flour in a small bowl. Rub the bottom of a flat-bottomed cup in the flour and stamp the spoonfuls of dough down on the baking sheet.
- Bake for fifteen minutes, then remove and flip each apple cinnamon drop over. Bake for another fifteen minutes. Then, reduce heat and bake for thirty minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
7) Avoid toxic foods.
There are many foods that humans find yummy but are toxic to bulldogs. For instance, grapes, raisins, beer, raw bread dough, chocolate or anything caffeinated, garlic, and onions should never be consumed by dogs. English bulldogs, like all dogs, should especially avoid alcohol, grapes, and raisins.
- Foods that are nonfatal but may irritate your bulldog include peas, beans, milk, and fatty or spicy foods.