Giving the right diet to your fur baby is very essential to its well-being, but what if you noticed that your furry friend is losing weight? What if you noticed your Frenchie is not as tall or big as it should be for his age? Or what if you just want your Frenchie to be a bit fat? French bulldogs are popular for their bat-like ears, big and square head, wrinkled face, and short snout. Their personality makes them attractive to new pet owners because they are friendly to both humans and other dogs. Frenchies are also adaptable and, because of their small size, they are one of the choices of apartment-dwellers who would like to adopt a pet. French bulldogs also do not shed much. That is why they don’t require brushing all the time. Their coat is smooth and short.
In this article, I will talk about the different ways how to make your French Bulldog gain more weight and what to feed. I will also talk about the disadvantages of making your favorite ball of fur fat. Happy reading!
Some Facts About Your Frenchie
French bulldogs originated from France and were known to accompany lacemakers in the early days. Thus, acquiring the name “French” bulldogs. They are distant relatives and a smaller version of the English bulldog.
Frenchies are known to be affectionate and may want to be around you or other animals for most of the time. Like any other dogs, they may develop anxiety once they are being alone for long periods. That is why a French bulldog owner must have enough patience to train or help his fur baby get through this. They are also very playful and, although they don’t require so much exercise; they need to get the right amount of exercise. Exercising your French bulldog must be planned carefully because this breed is prone to exhaustion and overheating because of its short nose.
Letting them play with toys around the house or yard within a short period of time will be enough. An owner must also keep in mind that French bulldogs are not good swimmers. That’s why they need to be closely supervised when they are around the pool or beach. Again, this is because of their short nose. Their playfulness is also sometimes accompanied by their “cute” naughtiness. Put away things that they might play with and may cause accidents or poisoning. You don’t want to wake up seeing your toilet paper torn and scattered all over your living room, or worse, find your dog snacking on a bag of chocolates!
🐕 Grooming of coat
French bulldogs have short and smooth coats and so they don’t require regular grooming. They moderately shed in the spring and fall. Fur parents may brush their coats during these seasons. In case your furry ball of sunshine is prone to skin infections, you may use skin-soothing shampoos. Regular cleaning of their bat-like ears may also be helpful. When giving your pooch a bath, be careful to keep water away from your fur baby’s face as it may enter their nose. This will make your Frenchie feel like drowning and it will give them a traumatic experience during bathing. These traumatic experiences may cause dogs to hate taking a bath.
🐕 Size and shape
This breed may be small in size and very easy to get along with, but we must always keep in mind that having a dog is a responsibility. Our pets depend on us, their shelter, food, health and require attention. French bulldogs are smart and playful, and just like any other pet, they need the right nutrients in their diet and exercise in order to keep themselves in good shape. Their short snout also makes them vulnerable to respiratory problems, and this is one thing you should look out for if you plan to become a French bulldog parent. Their heavily wrinkled face must also be regularly cleaned with antibacterial wipes. This is because dirt might be hiding under the folds and might be a cause of bacterial or fungal infections.
How Big Is A Normal French Bulldog?
A normal adult French Bulldog weighs about less than 28 pounds and its height can be from 11 to 13 inches. Although this breed is small, it is more sturdy than other small dogs. Frenchies usually live up to 10 to 12 years. They may be known to have a long life, but for fur parents, no amount of years is enough to show their love for their playful and loyal pooch.
What to give to a Frenchie to make it gain weight? Although increasing the amount of food you feed your dog is the easiest way to make it gain weight, one must be careful with what they give to their pets because not everything is safe and healthy for them. However, there are both pet and human foods that are tasty and nutritious which can be given.
Before Giving Your Frenchie Different Treats…
High-quality commercial food may be given to your Frenchie. You can choose from a wide variety of dog food available in the market. Depending on your dog’s taste buds, you can choose from dry to wet dog food. Just make sure to read the nutrients it contains and check if it meets the health needs of your dog. You must also check for advisories from authorities in order to avoid buying recalled dog food. Table scraps are not advisable to give to your Frenchie. This is because they will not only make your dog picky on what he eats, but they may also be poisonous for him. However, there is some human food that can be given to French bulldogs.
Make Your Frenchie Fat With These Recommendations
🐕 Select fruits and vegetables
Fruits can be a good source of vitamins and fiber for your fur baby. These vitamins will help strengthen the immune system and can improve digestion. Some fruits and vegetables that can be given are apples but you need to remove the seeds. This is because they contain toxins, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, coconut minus the husk, cranberries, cucumber, green beans, mango and peaches with the pits removed, oranges, pears, pineapple, raspberries, spinach, strawberries, sweet potato, and watermelon. These fruits and greens are not only helpful in keeping your Frenchie healthy, but their flavors will also give your pet a fun experience.
On the other hand, there are also fruits and vegetables that are toxic or hazardous for dogs and you must never give them to your Frenchie. They are the following: asparagus, avocado, cherries, grapes and raisins, lemons and limes, mushrooms, onions, plum, and tomatoes. In case your dog accidentally ingests one, take him immediately to the vet.
🐕 Peanut butter
Peanut butter is commonly given to pets to bribe them during training or when giving them a bath. But is it really safe for your French bulldog to eat peanut butter? It is fine to give peanut butter to your furry friend as long as it is natural and does not contain xylitol. This chemical is poisonous for dogs, so make sure to check labels before feeding it to your pet. One must also remember that although peanut butter is a rich source of proteins, it is also high in calories. Just give a tablespoonful to your pet and you are both good to go.
Yogurt is rich in good bacteria and can help in keeping your dog’s gut healthy and its normal flora balance. But just like us humans, overfeeding your dog with yogurt can cause an upset stomach. If your French bulldog is lactose intolerant, giving yogurt is not a good idea.
🐕 Chicken, Turkey, and Beef
These trios are the most common favorites of our pooch, boiled chicken being number one. These are rich sources of protein. Just make sure that they are not prepared with fatty oil or other ingredients like wine.
Salmon is a great source of good fat known as omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is beneficial in keeping your dog’s coat shiny and healthy and it improves eye, heart, and brain health.
Is It Good To Make Your Frenchie Fat?
A fat Frenchie is really cute and aesthetically pleasing as a pet. But, with all the fashion trends when it comes to “customizing” your Frenchie, is it really good to make it fat? How does gaining too much weight affect its overall health?
Arthritis is the deterioration of the cartilage in the joints, which causes pain in your poor ball of fur. This can be because your dog has gained so much weight and is heavier than he should be. Although pain killers may be administered, too many analgesics can cause unwanted reactions like ulcerations in the stomach lining of your pet. The best way to address this is to make your pet lose some weight. In severe cases, the anterior cruciate ligament may be torn due to so much pressure on your dog’s joints, and this is only repaired by surgery.
🐕 Heart and Respiratory Problems
Obesity can cause elevated blood pressure and other heart problems in dogs. Experts also state that dogs who are overweight are greatly at risk of tracheal collapse and laryngeal paralysis. Laryngeal paralysis causes so much discomfort to pets. This condition suffocates the patient. Some signs of laryngeal paralysis are panting without exercise, and you may also notice labored breathing. Dogs with this kind of condition also easily get tired during regular work and their voice may sound hoarse.
In the case of French bulldogs, their short snout already puts them at risk for respiratory infections, letting them become overweight can cause a more serious problem. If these problems are not treated properly, it may lead to respiratory collapse and death.
🐕 Problems with anesthesia
In any event that your overweight dog might be needing anesthesia (knock on wood!), his lungs and heart will need to work double-time. Your pooch may have a problem with respiration because his lungs are having a hard time expanding. Dogs who are obese may have difficulty responding to anesthesia, while some sleep deeply and may take some time before they wake up.
Lipomas are commonly seen in overweight or fat Frenchies. This condition is the growth of lumps and bumps which are usually benign, movable, fat-filled, and slow to grow. They can be easily detected because they are formed under the skin and are mostly found in the chest and abdomen. Although these growths may not be a serious threat to your dog, they may cause discomfort if they grow larger. But how will you know if it is a lipoma or a more serious condition? Your veterinarian may perform one of the following tests: needle aspiration, microscopic evaluation of cells, and biopsy of the tissue taken from the lipoma itself.
Lipomas usually grow on senior dogs and there is no known exact reason for their cause. If you notice a bump or lump in your dog, it is always best to talk to your vet, and if it was confirmed that it is a lipoma, your vet may recommend surgery in order to take it out. The vet will then conduct a series of examinations on your dog in order to determine if your pet’s health status can handle the surgery.
🐕 Skin diseases
Dogs who are fat may have extra folds in their bodies, giving bacteria and fungi the chance to cultivate in the skin. This is the reason obese dogs may have unhealthy-looking skin. Overweight dogs may also have difficulties cleaning themselves out. If your French bulldog is overweight, make sure to pay close attention to dirt hiding under the folds.
Regularly cleanse your dog with wipes or by giving regular baths. Common signs of skin diseases are redness, itchiness, and baldness. In this case, you may use medicated shampoos. Skin diseases make your poor furry friend scratch all the time, causing unnecessary wounds and further infections.
🐕 Poor quality of life
Obesity will not only bring discomfort to your pets and worries on your part as a fur parent, but it will take away at least 2 years of your pet’s life. Because of the different complications, being fat can bring, there is no doubt that your pet may miss the chance to live a full and happy life. In order to avoid this, you can talk to your vet and plan a diet and exercise program tailored to your dog’s needs.
Although French bulldogs look cuter when they weigh heavier, when they look like a small ball of fur, it is still not healthy if your dog is overweight or obese, as it may pose several health problems. It is important to consult a veterinarian if you want to change your dog’s diet or if it is necessary for your dog to make it fat.
Simply feeding them is not enough. What really matters is giving your beloved pooch the right amount and correct food for their current health status and regular checks with a professional can save you from unnecessary worries and money. But the best part is, you get to give your fur baby a healthy and happy life.
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