The Dietary Needs Of A Show Dog

It’s no surprise that winning German Shepherd show dogs come from superior German bloodlines.  No matter how stellar a dog’s bloodline and background are however, without the right care, maintenance and food, a show dog stands little chance of taking home that coveted blue ribbon.  Individuals that are no stranger to dog shows undoubtedly have not only all the credentials, but supplies that they need in order to give their prized pooch the best chance of winning.  If you’re considering owning and maintaining a show dog, you will want to be prepared.

Does Your Dog Have Allergies To Certain Foods?

Just like humans, some dogs don’t seem to do well with certain foods.  Though meat is a substantial part of a healthy diet for a dog, certain meats are more easily digested than others.  If your dog exhibits signs such as vomiting or diarrhea, it could be a reaction to something that their body is finding it difficult to digest.  Foods that are commonly associated with allergic reactions in dogs are as follows: soy, wheat, corn, chicken eggs, fish, lamb, chicken, dairy products and beef.  That doesn’t mean that your dog will be allergic to all of those, it simply means that one or more of them could be the culprit, if you’re noticing what might be allergic reactions to food.  Symptoms, in addition to diarrhea and vomiting, can be skin infections, hot spots, excessive scratching, hair loss and infections.  Sometimes in fact, antibiotics are required to help an animal through a rough spot, after a reaction. While the usual number of bowel movements for a dog should be around 1 1/2 every day, dogs with allergic reactions can sometimes go as many as several times a day.

What’s In Your Dogs Food Besides Food?

Naturally your dog needs the right kinds of nutrients and vitamins, in order to stay healthy and happy.  And as just mentioned, meat is an important part of your dog’s diet.  An extremely important part of a show dog’s diet contains substances that are essential for a healthy, thick and shiny coat.  As with humans, healthy skin and hair can be helped along by products applied to the skin and hair itself however, it’s best to start from the inside out, with the proper nutrients.

Additionally, did you know that your dog’s breath could have something to do with what he eats?  Not all dogs have bad breath.  Sometimes it can be caused by their stomach, lungs or mouth containing bacteria build up.  Even worse it could hint that there is something wrong with your dog’s kidneys, liver or gastrointestinal tract.

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