The bulldog breed is a type of medium size dog and is widely referred to as British bulldog or the English bulldog. It is a muscular animal with a clear nose that is pushed in and a face that is wrinkled and has long been associated with the British culture. To many, this animal is seen as a national symbol representing determination. In the United Kingdom, the breeding standards are 55 lbs and 50 lbs for male and female respectively.
Bulldogs are among the breed of dogs whose tail is short naturally and is either curled or straight and the most preferred tail is a straight one that downwards. They are a breed that matures very slowly that growing up is attained within a period of two and a half years and by the age of five to seven years they show signs of old age The bulldog’s behavior is not of vicious or aggressive nature but kind and courageous and has been categorized as being the breed with least intelligence and high level of obedience, thus making it a friendly animal especially to children due to their easy nature to bond.
The foods that dogs eat have been known to be the main cause of flatulence. This problem may be worse in a bulldog due to its short face which means they must ingest a lot of air when certain foods because of allergies and or genetic diseases and the fact that they have sensitive stomachs. Eating the wrong kind of food can cause your bulldog to suffer dermatitis and allergic reactions. Bulldogs are a quick animal to eat and if left on their own will eat almost anything they can find which will then cause health complications. Some of the foods that a bulldog should not feed in are:
Protein is a key component in the diet of a dog and is used to enhance the growth and development of a dog’s body. Bulldogs, on the contrary, don’t need much of it because it can lead to kidney stone a problem which is caused by the consumption of too much protein. Puppies of the bulldog breed grow very fast but the excess protein in their bodies can cause a strain in their skeletal and muscle system. Due to their likelihood of becoming obese the intake of protein should be minimized if at all it’s necessary to feed the bulldog with protein foods. This is because unburnt protein which is in form of calories is stored as fat leading to the dog being overweight. Obesity can cause cardiac diseases, joint problems, and dysplasia.
Some of the protein foods that your bulldog should not consume to prevent health complications include:
- Other poultry like ducks and turkey
- Lamb Meal
- Buffalo meal
- Plant-based protein which includes foods like gluten, wheat, and corn.
- Meat by-products. These ingredients are stripped from a carcass and will contain other parts like feathers and pieces of hooves which are not easily digested.
A bulldog may be affected by foods or diets that cause flatulence a condition in which gas accumulates in the alimentary canal causing discomfort. Foods that bring about this condition and should be avoided include:
- Spicy foods
Though not leguminous, milk and fatty foods are known to cause flatulence too.
According to the American society that prevents animals from cruelty, some foods such as chocolate are toxic not just to the bulldog but all dogs and should highly be avoided as they can make digestive problems much worse. The bulldog is at a higher risk and danger of being affected by these kinds of foods. The following are some of the toxic foods a bulldog should never come into contact with
- Raw dough
This substance that is used to make bread or bake cakes is very dangerous because it expands when ingested and worsens the breathing difficulties in a bulldog
- Grapes and raisins.
When consumed these foods can destroy the kidneys of a dog including the bulldog.
They are normally found in beer and can dangerously raise the body temperature of a dog. This is not good especially for bulldogs because they are highly prone to heatstroke.
Due to their nature of easily gaining weight and the risks of being obese a bulldog’s diet should not include foods that have a high content of sugar and starch especially corn which is the main component in some of the low-quality dog food being sold.
It is always advisable to be careful when buying dog food for your British bulldog in order to avoid incurring medical expenses in finding it a cure. Seek help when you notice something is wrong with your bulldog. The recommended types of foods to feed your dog include
- Sweet potatoes
- Brown rice
Apart from giving your bulldog the right diet, personal grooming is also important In order to keep it clean and healthy. Just as you go for regular check up to the doctor you can schedule a regular appointment with your vet in order to monitor the wellbeing of your dog and clean it regularly by giving frequent baths and cleaning of teeth.