Ideal Dog Food for Your Boxers
Boxers are an excellent breed for police work and family pets because they are playful and people-oriented. They are smart, always ready to play, patient with kids, fearless, and do not hesitate to defend those they love. Conversely, they can be difficult to take care of, mainly if their owner has little experience with them since they require special diets.
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, you should monitor their reactions to each food type to master what works for them and what doesn’t to establish their comfortable diet needs. While shopping for their food, look out for proteins as the main ingredient in their diet. They must be from one source like duck, rabbit, beef, and chicken, etc. The amount of proteins in their food portions should be between 20 and 30%, while the rest ought to be vitamins and minerals.
Their sensitive stomachs work well with grain free diets or limited ingredient diets mostly made of digestible carbohydrates, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Keep them away from corn, wheat, soy, yeast, artificial flavors, colorings, and by-products. Note that, sometimes even food items like chicken and beef can be challenging to them, be prepared to find out before settling for one diet plan. Food items like sweet potato, green peas, and tapioca are excellent for boxers. If they do not have allergies, you can feed them with oat meal and whole brown rice, but be keen on how they work for them in case they develop any adverse reactions such as itchiness, inflamed ears, gastrointestinal problems, chronic gas, or diarrhea.
Excess calories are not suitable for boxers because they cause excessive growth to young ones and unhealthy weight gain in adults. Typical adult boxers which weigh around 73lb may require 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. Visit your vet to calculate the precise calorie requirement for your boxer 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’. Look out for omega fatty acids which are helpful for the health of dog’s skin and coat.
Food from natural sources is critical for your boxer due to its content of important vitamins and minerals. Synthetic mineral supplements and chelated minerals are bound to protein molecules which make them easier to be digested and absorbed by your dog’s body. Probiotics are also great because they help to regulate and improve your dog’s digestion.