Diet and Nutrition of your Rottweiler
A Rottweiler’s diet should have the proper balance of the six basic food nutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and water. If any of these feed nutrients are inadequate, a Rottweiler can readily manifest signs of the deficiency.
Feeding Rottweiler puppies involves dividing the daily feed ration into four or five small meals a day until they are a year old. An adult Rottweiler can be fed twice or thrice a day to prevent bloat.
Dogs are a creature of habit thus there is a need to stick to a routine including feeding time. For adult dogs, the best time for meals is breakfast time in the morning and dinnertime at night. Feeding your pet at specific times will ensure an increased appetite and enthusiasm.
As a rule of thumb, puppy food is changed to adult food when your Rottweiler has already reached almost 90 of its body weight. The shift from puppy food to adult food should be done gradually to avoid digestive upsets and allow the dog’s digestive system to get used to the change of food. The change should take place over a span of five to seven days.
Although Rottweilers , just like any other dogs, are classified as carnivores, many studies have shown and many owners can attest that Rottweilers can grow and develop just as well on a total vegetarian diet especially when there is a balance of the essential nutrients that is needed by the body for growth, development and repair.
Rottweilers love to consume meat. When you opt to satisfy its carnivorous tendencies, it is best to give raw meat. However, with the advent of infectious diseases which can be present and transmitted via raw meat, there is a need to be vigilant and sure that the meat you are giving to your dog is not contaminated.
Achieving the right balance in your Rottweiler’s diet and nutrition is of supreme significance. Recommended Rottweiler diet includes sufficient amounts of carbohydrate food sources such as cereals, protein from meat, together with vegetables, salt, animal oil and other sources of vitamins and minerals.
One of the indicators that will tell you that you are doing an excellent job in feeding your Rottweiler is its lustrous coat. Dogs with proper nutrition and active are happy dogs. Dogs that do not receive adequate nutrition will easily get sick and tend to be uninterested with what’s going on in their surroundings.
Aside from the changing of puppy food to adult food, you might also find yourself switching from one brand of dog food to another. Here are two ways to do it:
1. Start by mixing small amounts of the new food to the old one and slowly adding more and more of the new dog food. Do this gradually over a period of two weeks.
2. Try fasting your Rottweiler for one meal. When the time for the next meal comes, give only a quarter of the normal amount of its meal using the new dog food. For the next five meals, increase the amount of the new dog food to one half of its normal consumption of the old dog food. When you switch dog foods be alert for any abnormal signs exhibited by your Rottweiler including loose stools and a increase in weight. If any of these signs occur, try cutting back half of what you are given and observe the effects. Weight gain may take place when the new dog food has a higher calorie level compared to the old one. Thus, you have to be quick to adjust the meal portions accordingly.
Your Rottweiler is a large dog full of strength and energy. Thus it requires a nutritious diet in order to satisfy its needs and keep it healthy and happy.