Feeding your Boston Terrier
A Boston Terrier’s diet is a integral factor which will determine your dog’s quality of life. A healthy diet will reward your dog with a shiny coat, clear eyes and boundless energy. If you have taken the time to find out for yourself the countless choices of dog food available in the market, you will surely have a hard time picking the best food option for your Boston Terrier.
When it comes to feeding your Boston Terrier, there are only a few things that you should keep in mind. Just like any type of food, the best ones are those which are of the highest quality available in the market. Your Veterinarian is a good source of information on the best food that can adequately provide the nutrients which are needed by your Boston Terrier.
Dog food has not been spared from the addition of artificial ingredients, chemicals or fillers which can cause more harm than good. In most cases, you can have quality for a price. Best quality dog foods command higher prices, thus the best thing to do is to scout around so that you will be able to get the best dog food at fairly reasonable rates. The existence of many feed companies which are competing to get a bulk of the market share have given rise to many substandard commercial formula which don’t often meet the AAFCO standards and may contain preservatives like BHT and BHA.
The increasing incidence of allergic reactions to ingredients in dog food has encouraged many Boston Terrier owners to make a home-made diet, although, you will need to seek the professional services of a veterinary nutritionist or pet dietitian.
Home-made diets will allow one to use only the best ingredients such as lean meats, bones and organs. There are also certain vegetable, nutritional supplements and the so-called “ancient grains” which are needed to satisfy the nutritional demands of an energetic Boston Terrier. Chicken feet and gizzards, lamb and turkey necks, and beef tendons are also inexpensive but important ingredients for home-made dog food.
You might observe that most Boston Terriers emit gasses. Although it’s quite impossible to put a stop to this odorous gaseous emission, you can cut down on the smell by giving your dog a diet filled with natural ingredients. Canned food and kibbles which contain corn or wheat have been found to cause this condition and if you want to reduce this problem significantly, some owners of Boston Terriers swear by a dog’s diet that contains meat, potatoes and rice.
A Boston Terrier’s diet should consist of hard foods. Although there are soft food for dogs, hard foods can contribute to strong teeth which can render teeth less prone to cavities and the formation of plaque in the long run. Dogs whose diet mainly consists of soft food were often observed to suffer from foul-smelling breath and tooth decay. Boston Terriers can also better digest hard food. Unless your Veterinarian prescribes a soft diet for when your dog suffers from digestive upsets, giving hard food will greatly enhance the Boston Terrier’s appetite ensuring optimum nutrition. Fresh, clean water should always be available especially during the hot summer months.
Since Boston Terriers have a highly energetic lifestyle, they need a formula which contains an adequate amount of lean animal protein that will help them stick to a healthy weight while still having the energy to keep up with their active lifestyle. Boston Terriers have short jaws, thus, feeding them dry kibble in small bite sizes will make it easier for them to chew their food. A healthy diet for Boston Terrier should be able to provide adequate protein to support growth and important physiological processes in the body. It should also contain good sources of vitamins and minerals which are essential in keeping the joints and eyes healthy.
A Boston Terrier can have a voracious appetite, thus one should carefully monitor the amount of food being taken in everyday to avoid obesity. There might be times that you will be tempted to give your dog “people” food. However, small chicken bones can be lodged in the throat and lead to choking. Feeding your Boston Terrier with food that is over and above what is required will cause him to become overweight, which can be an important predisposing factor to certain health risks.
It is best to altogether avoid grains such as wheat and corn because the sensitive skin of Boston Terriers are prone to irritation brought about by allergic reactions to food. Grains have also been found to cause digestive problems in some dogs.
Being particular with the kind of ingredients which are present in a dog food should be foremost in your agenda when selecting the best food for your dog. Lean muscle meat – beef or chicken—is better compared to animal by-products. Remember, by nature dogs are carnivorous.