It’s no secret. Every dog has a seemingly infinite appetite.
Just try eating your own food in the presence of any dog. Then you’ll witness firsthand how hungry they get by the sheer scent of something savory.
But something else may surprise you…
Not all dog diets are the same. And when it comes to pit bulls, it’s especially important to pay close attention to what you feed them.
Pit bulls are some of the most muscular and active dogs in the world. So, they require special nutrients to keep them fit, energetic, and loving life.
Looking for the best pitbull dog food to keep your pooch satisfied, healthy, and happy? Read on to learn more!
Pit bulls are wild with energy. That’s why they make adorable pets that will not only keep you on your toes but fit and active, as well.
But what do you feed such an active dog?
Like any other dog, pit bulls need a healthy dose of protein and carbohydrates every day. But unlike other dogs, they need the highest quality sources of these nutrients.
And they need more protein, fat, and carbohydrates than the majority of other dog breeds.
To keep your pit bull looking and feeling strong, you need to feed them a lot of protein. Pit bulls, like other big breeds, are more prone to arthritis, muscle injuries, and hip dysplasia.
Which means protein is especially pertinent for their diets to keep their muscles strong. In fact, 50% of your pit bull’s daily food intake should consist of protein!
But which sources of protein are the best?
The majority of your pit bull’s food should come in the form of dry dog food. The main ingredients (which will be first on the label) should either contain chicken, beef, poultry, or fish.
You can also supplement dry dog food with cooked meat. While this isn’t something you should do every day, it’s good for your pit bull from time to time.
You can get away with giving them skinless chicken, beef, and other poultry. Avoid giving your pit bull salmon, pork, eggs, and fatty oils.
You want your pit bull’s beautiful coat to shine. Giving them enough fats every day will help with this. Fats will also help protect their organs.
Your pit bull should consume more protein and fat than carbohydrates. These fats should come in the form of fatty acids that contain vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Your pitbull probably won’t have any problems burning off carbs. But you want to make sure they’re still consuming enough.
That way, he or she doesn’t burn through their muscles.
Your pitbull dog food should contain a substantial percentage of carbohydrates. But this percentage should not exceed the percentage of protein.
A diet rich in carbohydrates that also lacks in protein can lead to unhealthy weight gain. Your pit bull already weighs (or will weigh) a lot from their muscles. Keep them healthy by helping them keep the fat off.
From time to time, you can also treat your pit bull to delicious carbohydrate scraps. Foods like brown rice, carrot shavings, and sweet potatoes make excellent treats on days when your pit bull is extra active.
Unfortunately, many high-quality dog food brands cost more. But ultimately, you’re paying more for your dog’s health and well-being.
There’s a lot of cheap dog food on grocery store shelves. You may feel tempted to buy it. But most of these brands contain allergenic ingredients and even empty nutrients.
It’s worth it to pay a little more!
Healthy, growing pit bull puppies are sure to keep you on your toes. And you’ll also need to be on top of their meal regimen in the early years.
Pitbull puppies need to eat 2-3 times a day. You can combine their dry dog food with moist protein-rich dog food. They’ll love the combination!
Adult pit bulls should eat 2 times a day. More active pit bulls can (and should) consume more calories than less active or older pit bulls.
Of course, every pit bull’s daily caloric intake will vary according to their weight.
As previously mentioned, it’s okay to give your pit bull a healthy dose of protein from time to time. At least a couple of times a week.
But you should avoid giving them table scraps as much as possible. We know it can be hard when they look up at you.
But overfeeding them empty calories rich in carbohydrates and fat will lead to unnecessary weight gain. Not to mention, it will disrupt your pit bull’s training.
You may find that your pit bull has adverse reactions to dog food you’ve recently introduced in their diets.
Some foods which contain certain proteins and wheat may not mix well with a dog’s immune system. When you first introduce new pitbull dog food, pay attention to the following symptoms:
Unfortunately, many brands of dog food on the market contain wheat.
Wheat may seem like a plentiful source of carbohydrates. But it can not only lead to weight gain. It’s also an irritant ingredient that can affect dogs with acute food allergies.
“Grain-free” dog food may still contain soy and egg, which can also trigger allergies. Make sure to check “grain-free” labels and avoid foods with soy, egg, and other gluten products.
Has your pit bull recently developed any of these symptoms after changing their food? First, check to see if your pitbull dog food contains any of the following ingredients:
Then, contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose if your pit bull has acute allergies. They’ll also help you choose the best food for their allergies.
When it comes to your pitbull, you can’t just feed them ordinary dog food. They need the proper protein, fats, and nutrients to not only keep them full and satisfied, but strong!
But there’s more to keeping your pitbull healthy than just nutrition. There’s also fitness and lifestyle to take into consideration, as well.
Visit our blog for more information on how to help your pit bull live the longest and healthiest life!