Dogue De Bordeaux Diet
As with humans, dogs are what they eat. A good quality diet is incredibly important, there are certain brands of food dedicated to Large and Giant breeds of dogs and especially formulated puppy growth foods. A quality diet would be rich in meat and fat, low fibre cereal (or supplements with exotic names) and with as few preservatives as possible. If you are feeding dry food always try to let it soak in water a bit before feeding,
Your puppy should get enough nutrition, vitamins and energy from their food to be able to grow correctly and healthily if given the right amount and the right quality. Feed your pup to match their appetite, but obviously don’t allow your puppy to get fat, as overweight puppies will have more stress on their joints and will lead to health problems later.
Do not feed your Dogue De Bordeaux before or after exercising to avoid Bloat.
Adult dogs need to eat between 2%-3% of their weight during the course of the day.
RAW – What is a raw diet? Just that – it is feeding your dog raw vegetables, meat and bones. But do not confuse this with feeding your dog table scraps. The raw diet has a very specific ratio of veggies to meat to bones in order to maximise the diet’s benefits. Your Dogue De Bordeaux will thrive on plenty of fresh meat and bones.
Those who follow the raw diet do so because it mimics what dogs eat in the wild. A wild dog would consume virtually all of its prey, without cooking it, whether it is a bird, mouse or rabbit. Each part of the prey’s carcass contains nutrients.
The flesh provides the dog with a main protein source as well as vitamins; fat provides the dog with energy; the bones are filled with calcium and minerals; the skin is a source of roughage, while the prey’s stomach contents contain plant material such as herbs, grains and grass.
The most common raw diet is the BARF diet – Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. “This diet consists of raw meaty bones, vegetables, offal (the organ part of the protein source), recreational bones and proteins like cottage cheese and eggs with the shells,”
For all of its benefits, the raw diet is not without its problems. “Bones present a particular problem, particularly chicken bones, they stick in the throat whether they are cooked or not.
Salmonella and e.coli, both of which can be found in raw meat, pose real problems to the dogs, as well as to food handlers. Parasites can also be present in raw meat, however, according to Worldwise. “All animals have parasites in their intestines all the time. They only becomes a problem when the digestive tract is not working properly.”
One way to avoid the parasite issue is to simply freeze the meat into daily portions, then thaw and serve. Worldwise also recommends adding the meat’s juices to the food bowl as it too contains beneficial nutrients.
Commercial Dog Foods
All dogs need to be fed on a balanced, nutritious diet to stay healthy and in peak condition. Most commercial dog foods are quite sufficient for the average adult family dog with normal activity levels. However, depending on size, breed and life stage, a specialist diet might be required. Many pet food manufacturers produce different diets in their ranges for the changing needs of your dog throughout his lifetime.
It is worth remembering that the Dogue de Bordeaux often suffers from many allergies especially wheat if wheat is suspected as the allergy culprit, it will be necessary to change to a wheat-free diet. Since wheat is a common ingredient in both low-cost and high-end dog foods, it may be necessary to choose foods that are labelled as hypoallergenic. Watch out for dog treats or snacks, as well. Wheat is the most common ingredient in dog biscuits and dog treats.