Feeding your dog is an essential part of responsible dog parenting. There is a recommended amount of food that you should feed your dog for his optimum health and development. Some furparents find it cute when their pets eat lots of food unmindful of the possible risk it poses to their dog’s health. Some are very lenient when it comes to food and treats thinking that this is their way of showering their dog with love. But this kind of thinking will bring more harm than good. They are encouraging unhealthy eating behaviors which could lead to illnesses and diseases.
How much do they need to eat?
French Bulldogs are small but muscular in stature. How much you feed them would depend on their age, weight, and level of physical activity. When feeding them, it is best to know the recommended amount of calories based on their body weight. In general, Frenchies need about 25 to 30 calories per pound of body weight in a day for a Frenchie with a normal level of physical activity. This should be divided into 3 meals a day for Frenchies 2 to 6 months of age or 2 meals throughout the day if your Frenchie is already 6 months or older. So if your Frenchie weighs 20 pounds, he should be consuming between 500 and 600 calories in a day. If you’re feeding him twice a day, each serving must contain 250 to 300 calories. If your Frenchie is less active, he would need less caloric intake. This is a good rule of thumb to follow. There are also feeding charts at the back of the packaging of your dog’s food that will tell you how many cups you should be feeding your dog since they’ve already calculated the caloric and nutritional content of their food. For puppies, it is usually half a cup each mealtime or 1.5 cups of dry kibble food in a day until they reach 6 months of age. Of course, each dog is unique and may have specific nutritional requirements. It is best to consult with your vet or nutrition experts to determine the best diet for your Frenchie that would provide him with all the nutritional requirements his body needs for optimum development.
Some feeding reminders
Follow your pet’s dietary requirements so that you can help him grow healthy and strong. Take note also that since French Bulldogs are relatively inactive and don’t need too much exercise, you shouldn’t overfeed them because they won’t be able to burn off the excess calories. This would lead to obesity and bigger health concerns for your pet. Follow a feeding routine so that you can instill good eating behavior on your Frenchie. He will know when to eat and drink. Frenchie pups will eat whatever you put in front of them so better stick to a schedule and amount per serving so that you can control his eating. This will also help control his blood sugar level. Frenchies are also prone to having gastric dilatation-volvulus or twisted stomach if they are given large meals.
Furparents need to know the right amount of food to feed their dogs so that they can guide them to the best of health and optimum development.