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, especially as a french bulldog ages. French Bulldogs are not much different than people in this respect. Because French Bulldogs have a relatively compact and small body type weight can be a concern for any owner who wants to keep their frenchie baby healthy. The overweight problems are also one reason no French 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 Frenchie is getting overweight? A check-up with a good very knowledgable veterinarian is always a good idea, especially since he has your French 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 French 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 French Bulldog’s ribs. This would indicate that your French Bulldog is too thin or under-nourished.
Next look at your French Bulldog from above to see if he has a waist behind the ribs. When looking at your frenchie from above he or she should appear 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 Frenchie kid on a diet. However, if the rib cage is pronounced, along with the upper leg, your French Bulldog is too thin.
Look at your French 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 French 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 I follow is simply if your French Bulldog looks healthy and nourished, he probably is. Before you begin a diet on your overweight French Bulldog, or try to force feed him if he is too thin get your veterinarian’s opinion for a check-up. There could be an underlying medical problem causing either extreme.
2 of the biggest keys to keeping your French Bulldog healthy & at a healthy weight is the proper amount of exercises & right diet. Always feed your French Bulldog a natural based diet (dog food) (SEE NUTRITION) with proper supplements (SEE SUPPLEMENTS ) which will help keep his or her weight perfect and prevent health problems such as cancer.
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