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June 14, 2012
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While all dogs share some specific nutritional requirements, Bulldogs may also need to avoid certain foods because of genetic diseases or allergies. If some bulldogs eat the wrong food, they can suffer allergic reactions and dermatitis. Bulldogs are susceptible to kidney stones caused by too much protein in the diet. Other bulldog health issues that can be traced to specific foods include indigestion, flatulence, joint problems and heart issues. Bulldogs eat quickly, and they will eat just about anything if they are left to their own devices.
Protein is a crucial component of dogs' diets, but bulldogs need less protein than most other dog breeds. Protein are used by the body for growth and development. Bulldog puppies can grow very quickly, but too much protein can strain their musculoskeletal systems. High protein also can cause kidney stones in bulldogs. In addition, proteins that are not burned as calories are then stored as fat. Bulldogs are prone to obesity and should not be overweight. Obesity can worsen problems such as hip dysplasia, and cause joint and cardiac diseases.
Diet is the main source of excessive flatulence in dogs. The shortened face of bulldogs may worsen the problem. Bulldogs must ingest a lot of air when they eat, and this adds to flatulence. Feed your bulldog small kibbles so your bulldog will have to eat more slowly.Table scraps can upset your bulldog's stomach. Foods that can cause flatulence include soybeans, peas, beans, milk products, and fatty or spicy foods.
Certain foods, such as chocolate, are toxic to all dogs and should be avoided, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Some foods can worsen digestive problems. Some of these foods are more dangerous for the bulldog than most other breeds. For example, ingested raw bread dough can expand in the stomach and worsen a bulldog's breathing difficulties. Grapes and raisins can damage the kidneys of any dog, but bulldogs are genetically prone to kidney disease. Hops, found in beer, can cause dangerously high body temperatures in dogs, and bulldogs are already highly susceptible to heatstroke.
Choose a commercial dry dog food that has meat as the first ingredient, and avoid soy as an ingredient as many bulldogs become allergic to it over time. Do not free-feed your bulldog. Divide your adult bulldog's ration into two or more meals per day to reduce the chance of bloat. Provide your bulldog with a constant supply of fresh drinking water.
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