OVERWEIGHT ENGLISH BULLDOGS / MINIATURE ENGLISH BULLDOGS
As with people, obesity is one of the most common problems affecting dogs today. The frequency of obesity has increased greatly in recent years, due primarily to overeating and lack of exercise. English Bulldogs are not much different than people in this respect. Because English Bulldogs are a relatively lower energy weight is a big concern for any owner who wants to keep their Bully baby healthy. The overweight problem is also the biggest reason no Mini Bulldog breeder can truly guarantee what the adult weight will be of a 8-10 week old puppy.
But how do you know if your Bully is overweight? A check-up with your veterinarian is always best, especially since he has your Mini Bulldogs records from his last exam and can compare weight, as well as other clinical indicators. You can, however, perform a similar examination at home. Start by running your hands down your Miniature Bulldogs sides, over the rib cage. You should be able to feel the ribs with only a small layer of fat over them. However, you should not be able to see your English Bulldog's ribs. This would indicate that your English Bulldog is too thin and under-nourished.
Next look at your English Bulldog from above to see if he has a waist behind the ribs. When looking at your English Bulldogs from above he or she should apear to be "pear shaped". If the area behind the belly/ribs is slightly smaller than the rib cage, the weight is ok. If the area is larger than the ribs, you may want to put your English Bulldog on a diet soon. However, if the rib cage is pronounced, along with the upper leg, your Miniature Bulldog is too thin.
Look at your English Bulldog from the side. Specifically look at the spine at the top, and the abdomen or stomach behind the rib cage. You should be able to feel the spine and the tops of the shoulders with only a small amount of fat over them. Too much fat is overweight, too little is undernourished.
The abdomen or stomach should show a slight truck after the belly or taper up from the rib cage back to the hind legs. If your English Bulldog is overweight, he will have no tuck, if he is too thin, the tuck will be extreme, along with a pronounced rib cage.
A good rule of thumb to follow is simply if your English Bulldog looks healthy and nourished, he probably is. Before you begin a diet on your overweight English Bulldog/ Miniature English Bulldog, or try to force feed him if he is too thin, please consult your veterinarian for a check-up. There could be an underlying medical problem causing either extreme.
2 of the biggest keys to keeping your English Bulldog health & at a healthy weight is the proper amount of exercises & right diet. Always feed your English Bulldog a natural based diet (dog food) with proper supplements which will help keep his or her weight perfect and prevent health problems such as cancer.
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