Dogs love to chew, and pit bulls are no exception. However, finding a long-lasting chew treat for a pit bull isn't easy. We've all purchased chews advertised as long-lasting only to watch our dogs devour them in sixty seconds flat. Add to that the dangers associated with chews--fractured teeth, perforated intestines, bowel obstructions, choking hazards--and finding a chew treat that's long-lasting, safe, healthy, and delicious becomes quite a challenge.
While the factors that go into choosing a quality commercial dog food for your pit bull also apply to puppy foods, your pit bull puppy has special nutritional requirements that make many otherwise high quality foods inappropriate, even dangerous, during the growth stage. But don't worry. We will break it all down for you, so you'll know exactly how to feed your new pit bull family member and what to look for in a puppy food.
For several decades now, low protein diets have been recommended for older dogs. While based on the flimsiest scientific evidence (the original research was done on rats, not dogs), the recommendation quickly became commonly accepted. The pet food industry welcomes all information that allows them to peddle high carbohydrate grain-based foods for premium prices, and the supposed findings seemed to make sense to many people. After all, don't high protein diets tax the kidneys, and don't older dogs often have diminished kidney function?
Most pit bull owners don't feed canned foods exclusively. The reason is simple: cost. Feeding a 60 pound pit bull a diet consisting of nothing but quality canned food can easily run upward of $180 a month. Most of us are trying not to spend quite that much on dog food.
Canned Foods vs. Dry Foods
A quality canned food has certain advantages over dry food:
In a previous article, we discussed how to choose a quality commercial dog food for your pit bull. Today, we'll give you our recommendations for the best dry dog foods, including detailed reviews describing why we made the selection.
Dry Dog Food Evaluation Criteria
In order to be selected for our list of the best kibbles for your pit bull, dry dog foods must meet the following criteria:
If you're not comfortable feeding your pit bull a home-prepared, species-appropriate diet, but don't want to feed a dog food containing food industry waste products and carcinogenic preservatives either, you're in luck. Never before have there been this many choices for dog owners who care deeply about providing their canine companions with quality nutrition.
You've read the first part of the species-appropriate pit bull nutrition series, and you like the idea of feeding your dog a diet you prepare yourself based on what canines eat in the wild.
No more worrying about pet food recalls; you'll personally select the ingredients for your dog's food to ensure that everything your boy or girl eats is fresh, healthy, and species-appropriate.
Eat fresh whole foods and get plenty of variety; limit your intake of processed foods: standard advice for anyone wishing to eat healthy. Yet when it comes to feeding our dogs, many of us have been convinced that providing them with the same highly processed concoction day in and day out is the pinnacle of canine nutrition.
Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth.
Holistic veterinarians have observed increases in canine degenerative diseases, dental problems, and skin conditions whenever use of processed dog food becomes more prevalent in a country.
Whether you're the new owner of a young pup or the experienced master of a full grown dog, preparing homemade treats and foods not only spoils your pet, but it improves their overall health -- with the use of quality ingredients.