The decision to add a Pitbull to your family is probably a good idea because these pets are quite smart, sociable, and most importantly, they love hanging around with kids.
Pitbull owners are obliged to reciprocate by feeding their dogs properly to ensure maximum growth and health. If you are wondering what to feed your Pitbulls, here are suitable food options that will work.
1. Raw meat
Pitbulls are famous for their muscular build, and they are keen on physical activities such as tracking and hunting. Therefore, they need to consume large amounts of proteins to maintain their muscle mass, and aid with the development of bones. Nutritionists recommend that these dogs consume 25- 30% of protein per day.
Raw meat is an ideal option, although it is likely to tip the grocery budget by a considerable margin. If resources are scarce, you can opt for less raw meat mixed with other foods throughout the week. You can also add a bag of fresh bones from the butcher.
2. Vitamins and minerals
Similar to humans, your Pitbulls can take a healthy serving of crucial vitamins, such as Vitamin A from the liver, fish oil, and spinach; Vitamin B from whole grains, beans and dairy products; Vitamin E from liver, plant oils and wheat germ.
You can meet these nutritional requirements by making a habit of shopping for dog food in tandem with your regular food shopping. Adding sardines and seafood to the dog’s bowl for valuable minerals: calcium and magnesium. Your dogs also requires chromium from lean meat and fluorine that is present in water.
3. EPA and DHA
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are omega-3 fatty acids that are present in cold water fish like sardines and herring. These fats promote healthy brain function and elevate the mood of the Pitbull.
Stabilized emotions not only make the animal approachable and pleasant to be around, but it also prevents the occurrence of depression in the dog. Fish oil is the best source of these fatty acids as they occur naturally, thus saving you from purchasing separate EPA and DHA supplements.
4. Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulfate
Glucosamine is an amino sugar supplement which comes from shellfish. This supplement helps to reduce the rate of collagen degradation symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs. As your Pitbull advances in age, it is likely to suffer from bone loss and inflammation of muscles due to excess physical activity in the earlier years.
Arthritis is another common problem with Pitbulls as seen in reduced levels of physical activity, difficulty walking and the dog may experience pain even when resting. To alleviate these symptoms, give glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements by adding them to meals.
Despite the fact that dogs need carbohydrates for energy, the National Research Council deduces that carbohydrates are not critical to a canine’s diet. Most dry dog foods have high carbohydrates as the dominant nutrients so find a bag that has low levels of carbs. Oatmeal, barley, and brown rice are high-quality sources of minimal carbs.
After reading this article, I hope you can establish a feeding routine that works for your dogs. The amount of food depends on size, age, and levels of physical activities.
For more information: Basic Guidelines For Feeding Dogs
Written by Brenda Leary, the founder of CuddleYourDogs.com.