Dog Foods to Give to Your Boxer
Boxers are an excellent breed for police work and family pets because they are playful and people-oriented. They are usually intelligent, always ready to play, patient with kids, fearless, and not reluctant to protect those they love. Nonetheless, they are a sensitive breed because they have special diet needs, making them require special care and challenging to manage if a person has little experience with them.
Boxers are prone to food allergies because they have sensitive stomachs; thus, you must carefully pick the food you give them. As you feed them, carefully monitor their reactions to each food type you give them to determine what is right for them and what isn’t. When you go looking for food for them, choose foods which have proteins as their main component. They must be from one source like duck, rabbit, beef, and chicken, etc. The protein content in their food should be between 20 and 30% and the rest vitamins and minerals.
Due to their likelihood to develop allergies, they do best with grain free diets or limited ingredient diets mostly made of digestible carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid food items like corn, wheat, soy, yeast, artificial flavors, colorings, and by-products. Note that, even chicken and beef can challenge them, be prepared to find out before settling for a single diet plan. Sweet potato, green peas, and tapioca are types of food items which work well for boxers. If they do not suffer from any allergies, give them oat meal and whole brown rice and closely monitor them for negative reactions such as itchiness, inflamed ears, gastrointestinal problems, chronic gas, or diarrhea.
When you feed your boxers with excess calories, the puppies experience excessive growth, while the adults unhealthy weight gain. Typical adult boxers which weigh about 73lb may need 1500 cals, 1250 cals for inactive dogs and 2200 cals for active dogs. Puppies of two months may require 520 cals, 1450 cals at four months, and 2100 cals at six months. Consult your vet to calculate the specific requirements for your dog at each stage of development.
Fats are equally important, especially those whose source is animals and their labels ought to read chicken fat or salmon oil not ‘poultry fat’ or ‘fish oil’. Search for omega fatty acids which are useful to keep dog’s skin and coat healthy.
Food from natural sources is essential for your boxer because it contains key vitamins and minerals. Synthetic mineral supplements and chelated are usually bound to protein molecules which make it easy for them to digested and absorbed by your dog’s body. Probiotics are ideal for your boxer because they regulate and enhance digestion.