Dog owners are often worried about what type of food they should be feeding their Pitbulls. The health of your dog is related to the type of feed that they are eating. Food that is of good quality will increase the length and quality of your dog’s life. With there being tons of commercial dog food on the market it can be difficult to search for the right match for your dog.
When looking at dog food labels, look at the top five ingredients and make sure non of them re low-quality carbohydrate or protein sources. Low-quality protein are things like meat by-produces and bone meal. Low-quality carbohydrates are grains, such as, wheat, soy or corn. By avoiding these low-quality sources you will lower the risk of your dog developing health issues that are seen in Pitbulls. Pitbulls are prone to health problems and feeing the dog a high-protein and low-grain diet can be a preventative measure against these issues. Food allergies, hypothyroidism, bloat, hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, cherry eye and heartworms are all common health problems that can arise in a Pitbull.
Since Pitbulls are muscular dogs you will need to feed them lots of protein. The protein will help maintain muscle mass, bone growth and repairing old tissue. They also need the high-protein because they are very active and playful dogs. It is recommended that the protein level in their food should be between 25%-30%. Fat is also a source of energy. It helps keep the dog’s skin healthy and shiny and helps maintain the dog’s body temperature. It is recommended that there should be a fat content of 15%-25% in their food. However, excesses fat is not good for the health of your dog. It can increase the risk of developing heart-related diseases.
It is important to measure the amount of food that you are feeding to your Pitbull, since they tend to overeat. Overeating can result in the dog becoming overweight and this can cause problems as the dog grows older. Most Pitbulls do well with two small feedings a day instead of one big feeding. If you are switching your dog’s food from one type to another, you should do so over a period of 7-10 days. This is done by adding a little food to their existing food and over the course of 7-10 days adding more of the new food and less of the old food. This will keep the dog from getting an upset stomach from an abrupt food change.
A list of recommended foods to feed your Pitbull is below:
- Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food
- Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast
- Merrick Real Duck and Sweet Potato
- Wellness CORE Natural Dry Dog Food
The price of the higher quality foods is higher than the normal store brand foods, but, in the long run they will benefit both the dog and you. You will spend less money on veterinary bills and the dog will be healthier and live longer.