My Bulldog Puppy is Overweight – What Should I do?

Hello,

I enjoy your emails and helpful hints for my bulldog.  I have a problem.  My bulldog is 6 mos old and weights 52 lbs.  My vet has put him on a diet.  2 cups twice a day.  I started feeding him Royal Canin 32.  It has 32% crude protein and 18% crude fat and 3.6% fiber.  His muzzle and feet are red and the inside of his ears are broke out.  He is allergic to grass, the best I can tell.  He stays inside and only goes out on a leash.

I have now changed his food to Nutro Chicken meal, rice and oatmeal  it has 26% crude protein, 12% crude fat, and 5% crude fiber.  It has been 2 weeks  and his muzzle, feet, and ears are still red and itchy.  What can I do to help him lose weight and help with his skin.  Now that it has cooled off her in GA, we are taking him for walks and he runs around the yard playing with our outside dog 2 to 3 times a day.

Has has weak hip muscle (vet said due to his weight) and will drag himself before he will actually get up on all 4s to walk.  Is there a supplement he can take?

Thanks for your help
Susan
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Hi Susan,

You need to feed him less than the recommendations for his weight,
so 3 cups instead of 4.  My adult Archie is 52 pounds and only gets 3 cups a day.
He’s trim and fit and very active.  Excess weight puts stress on a dog’s joints.

Also Nutro is not the best food, it was involved in the recall, and it has all kinds
of ingredients that can contribute to bulldog allergies.  It’s not so much the amount
of protein but more what ingredients are making up the protein.  Grains have
protein but they are not the best source of protein for a dog.  Dogs need their
protein to come from meat.

Try switching him to Canidae or California Natural  lamb and rice.  They have
limited ingredients which are very high quality. Many dogs are allergic to chicken
formulas so the lamb and rice could make a big difference.

Switch slowly, adding 1/4 new food to old and each day up the new food
to make the switch over a week.

You could also add Omega 3s to his diet in the form of fish oil or flax
seed oil for dogs.  These will help his overall health.

Diet and exercise will help your puppy with his hip problem too.  Many
bulldogs have growth spurts that can affect their joints but they can
grow out of them.  It’s really important to keep him active and keep
him slim.  You want to be able to see his waist.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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