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Bulldog longevity

I get worried when I see that the projected life span of a bulldog is 8-12 years.  I try to give my bulldog's a healthy diet of grain free food, the best medical care, etc.  I am interested in any ideas you can pass along that might increase their lifespan.  My dogs are a little pudgier than I would like them to be.  They are 52 and 56 lbs. and get a total of 1-1/2 cups dry food w/a spoonful of wet food stirred in.  I don't think that is too much food, especially as my beagle, who is half their weight, gets a 1/2 cup a day + a little wet.  They are not  the most energetic of dogs though!  Any ideas?

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Bulldog longevity

I realized I erred in posting food amounts.  Bulldogs 1-1/2 cups per DAY.  Beagle 1 full cup per DAY.

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Can't really say but....

I agree with you on you want them to live forever.  I am so proud to post Petunia's birthday picture of l3 years.  She definitely has medical issues.  Head tremors since the age of l and thyroid since the age of 8.  The funny thing is I free feed which means I leave food in the bowl all of the time. ( I know it is a no no :)   They share out of the same bowl and when it is empty I fill it.  There are times when I have 5 dogs in my house (kid's dogs) and they all share the bowl.  I have just always done that and it has always worked.They average 55 to 58 pounds but they are big girls.  They have always been on Pro Plan because it has always agreed with them.  If it isn't broke I don't fix it.   With Daisy none of her siblings are alive.  I feel blessed to still have her at ll.  Petunia came from not such a great place.  I have had her since she was 10 weeks old.  I am so blessed and can't imagine life without them.  As all of you, they are all life. Thank you for looking at my sweeties picture....

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Bulldog longevity

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me.  We use grain free food on the recommendation of our breeder.  As we have had some issues with yeast (nose rope, ears, etc.) we have pretty much kept them on grain free.  When we have deviated to foods with grain, it seems that yeast issues were more prevalent.  Your dogs may be big, but if the photo of Petunia is anything to go by, she doesn't appear to be overweight, so whatever you are doing with them appears to be working.  Only another bulldog owner can appreciate their amazing personalities.

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Our longest living bully was...

a rescue named Oreo who was obviously not from good breeding, and she could barely walk from being in a wire cage, but she lived to 10 1/2.  We currently have a 3 year old, 5 year old and a 9 year old.  We feed grain free also and try to get a good walk in every day except when it's too hot.  Our guys react badly to grain in the food also, their tails get gunky and they get tear stains.  We also use a britta filter for their water and we have to be very careful of valley fever here in the desert, that's how we lost our first sweet boy at 2 years old.  

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Maybull will also be 13 in two weeks.

I wish I could say that it was something we did, but we free fed her (we limited the amount), gave her table scraps as a treat, and gave her her yearly vet visits. Other than a couple of viral infections and a couple of bouts with an interdigital cyst, she's been healthy. She has some arthritis, her hearing and eyesight isn't what it was, but she gets along fine.

When she was younger, we would walk her around our local lake, a 2 1/2 mile stroll. We took water and let her wade around in the lake a little. I think that I would have to credit good breeding. We haven't walked her in about a month, mostly because she's not interested and the snow and cold can make it difficult for an old girl like Maybull. I think that the long walks helped keep her healthy and fit.

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Our Kaddy liked 12 weeks being 13 when she passed; don't know y

But thanks God for every day we had with her. There will never be another Kaddy. We now have a 4 yr old; Koji and again there will never be another Koji...haha

Thanks you God for these wonderful pets; we call bulldogs...

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My Stella was almost 12

She had had a lot of health issues during her life. Without those, I think she would have been with us even longer.

I fed her about the same as you do.