Does It Really Matter What You Feed Your Dog?
October 18, 2008 9:53am CST
I have a Saint Bernard breed puppy which is now 2 months old. Actually this is not my first time to have a pet dog. However, with my previous pet I'm feeding them our left overs. This time with my puppy, I bought some puppy foods. Does it really matter what you feed with your dogs? Does the behavior of a dog changes on the kind of foods their eating?
18 Oct 08
It does matter what you feed your dog, especially when it comes to a large breed puppy such as a Saint Bernard. Dogs have specific nutrient requirements which dog food companies take into consideration when making their food formulations. For example, large breed puppies grow very quickly in a short amount of time, therefore it is important to make sure that they are receiving the proper nutrients to prevent problems further down the line (large breed dogs are more likely to develop bone cancer, and nutrition during development is thought to be one of the predisposing factors to this). As well certain breeds do have a tendency to be predisposed to certain nutritional problems which can be exacerbated by feeding left overs. The best way to make sure that you are feeding a dog food that meets your dogs nutritional requirements is to look on the package to see if it has been tested under AAFCO (association of american feed control officials). These products are designed to meet all of your dogs nutritional requirements. Do to the fact that you have a Saint Bernard it is best to get a large breed puppy food because the do increase the amount of certain nutrients to support their rapid growth rate. In terms of will their behavior change, not necessarily. Although if you are feeding leftovers and they are not receiving enough of certian nutrients you may find that certain health conditions may arise, which can affect behavior. Overall if you decide to feed a strictly human diet you do risk running into nutrient dificiencies or toxicities. There are excellent quality raw meat diets on the market which if you prefer to feed something more similar to what you eat rather than the dry extruded diets. I suggest discussing food options with an animal nutritionist (if there is one in your area) or with a veterinarian. They will be able to best assess your dogs needs.
18 Oct 08
I think it really depends on the animal to be honest some dogs do better from an all natural diet others are fine on the cheapest pet food going while some can manage fine on leftovers, guess it depends what leftovers you fed it really! Our dog was a stray he was very skinny when we got him from the rescue centre he can litterally eat anything without it affecting him, except the mushrooms growing in the garden he threw them back up we had to remove them all!
20 Oct 08
With my dogs they're not picky with the foods I gave them, however, I just want to make sure that I'm giving them the right foods especially my new pet puppy which is a saint bernard. According to others if you're not giving the right food for them they'll not going to grow according to their breed.