During the life stage of being a puppy, your Bulldog should have at least 22% protein and 8% fat to support its growth and development. A puppy dog food formula should meet all these needs. Also, too much fat on your dog's diet could make them overweight, obese, or unhealthy especially if there's less physical activity.
An adult recipe dog food should be able to provide at least 18% protein and 5% fat during your dog's 12th month or at 75% of adult size. To keep it more healthy, manage the fat intake around 12% to 16% and protein intake around 24% to 30%.
Senior Bulldogs are more prone to obesity due to the decrease in physical activities and movements. A senior dog food recipe should have a low-fat formula or a healthy-weight formula.
The following foods can cause a problem for your bulldog:
Here is a list of human foods that are safe for dogs:
Cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, cottage cheese) can be fed as an occasional treat for your dogs. Avoid feeding them with cheese regularly since it has a high amount of fat, which can be too much for them. Also, make sure that your dog is not lactose intolerant before you start giving the cheese.
Just like other breeds, Bulldogs have their own common health problems, too. These are the problems that you should watch out for:
To avoid those mentioned health issues, you should avoid dog foods that contain major allergens such as corn, wheat, by-products, and artificial ingredients. Dog foods that lack real, fresh meat can also lead to nutrition deficiency and can trigger some sickness.
Make sure to feed them with novel proteins like beef and fish, which are good for preventing allergies. Also, it should contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals for a healthy and balanced diet. A build-up of toxic waste in the body can cause tear stains in Bulldogs. And most importantly, regular exercise should be maintained since this breed is prone to obesity.
You can feed your bulldog raw meat, however raw meat can contain harmful bacteria, for example, salmonella is quite common, which can cause severe stomach upsets.