Here are some healthy tips for feeding your Pit Bull and maintaining balance. It can be a challenge trying to navigate through the maze of the thousands of dog food choices. I have narrowed it down to a few criteria that can help you make a better and healthier decision.
Knowing What to Look for in Choosing Your Dog’s Food
Nutritional choices are key in tipping the scales in your Pit Bull’s favor of having a long and healthy life. However, to make those choices you must become familiar with the types of food that serves your Pit Bull best.
Without further ado, here is the criteria list for narrowing down your food choices.
- Avoid chemical preservatives.
- Stay away from generic meat ingredients.
- Bypass the foods with artificial coloring or dyes.
- Avoid generic animal fats.
- Look for high-content of meat-based protein.
- Try to have a fat-to-protein ratio of 75% or lower.
- Look for moderate amounts of carbohydrate content.
Good nutrition is very important for Pit Bulls and dogs of all breeds and type. Proper nutrition keeps them healthy and happy. However, there is no set formula for how often you feed your dog or what you put in his or her bowl. Simply put, each dog is different.
“Nutritional requirements for dogs vary by breed, size, age, and health,” says Jerry Klein, DVM, the chief veterinary officer for the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Find the Proper Nutritional Balance for your Pit Bull
Pit bulls are muscular and very energetic. This is why it is important to understand the various nutrients and why your Pit Bull requires them.
When feeding your Pit Bull, look for high-quality sources of proteins and carbohydrates. These nutrients will provide your Pit Bull with the lasting energy he or she requires.
Knowing what to avoid is equally important to your Pit Bull. So, if you notice your Pit Bull is scratching or rashes appear, this is often the result of a food allergy. There can also be some stomach sensitivity from certain ingredients found in dog food.
If you do notice some of these behaviors, you should first check the ingredients of the food. Look for ingredients such as corn, meat-by-products, soy, bone meal, or wheat. These are all known to contributors to digestive issues in Pit Bulls and other breeds.
A Pit Bull’s Stage in Life Should Determine His or Her Diet.
The American College of Veterinary Nutrition says commercial foods are safe and healthful options for feeding pets. Just make sure to pick the food that’s right for your dog’s stage of life i.e. puppy, pregnant, nursing, or adult. Also, check the package for a statement from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) that the food is “complete and balanced.” ”Complete” means the food has all the nutrients that dogs of that life stage require and “balanced” means the nutrients are in the correct ratios.
According to the AKC, puppies 6 months and younger should eat three to four times a day. At 6 months, they can eat twice daily. Once pups become adults, they can get one or two meals a day, depending on how much exercise they get. The best way to know what’s right for your dog? Check with your vet.
The same goes for how much you put in their bowls. The AKC also states you can start by following the serving size guidelines on the package of your dog’s food. But your vet can get specific about the best amount for his or her age, breed, and level of activity.