Tips for Choosing a Healthy Diet for Rottweilers

Dogs are carnivores, though not in the same way that cats are. While cats have a biological need for a meat-based diet, dogs have a limited ability to digest and absorb nutrition from plant foods. Even so, meat plays an important role in a dog’s diet. If you want to make sure that your Rottweiler’s nutritional needs are met, take the time to learn what those needs are and how to choose a dog food that will provide for those needs.

Understanding Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs

Dogs are scavenging carnivores which means that they are biologically adapted to deriving most of their nutrition from animal products, though they can eat plant foods in a pinch. The most important nutrient in a dog’s diet is protein – it helps him to develop strong muscles and tissues and to maintain lean muscle mass. Puppies need at least 22% protein in their diets and adult dogs needs at least 18%, and most of that protein should come from high-quality animal sources like meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.

Fat is the second most valuable nutrient, providing your dog with concentrated energy and essential fatty acids. Fats in your dog’s diet should also come from animal products like chicken fat or salmon oil, though plant-based fats can be used to provide a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Dogs don’t have specific needs for carbohydrate, though whole grains, starchy vegetables, beans, and legumes can provide dietary fiber as well as supplementary protein and essential nutrients. Your dog can also benefit from healthy supplements like chelated minerals and probiotics in his diet.

Feeding Tips for Rottweilers

Because the Rottweiler is a large-breed dog that has the potential to weigh more than 100 pounds as an adult, it may take your puppy more than 12 months to reach his full size. To ensure that your puppy gets the nutrients he needs to grow big and strong, feed him a high-quality, large-breed puppy formula until he reaches about 80% of his expected adult size. At that point, switch him over to a large-breed adult formula and follow the feeding recommendations on the package according to his weight and activity level. Monitor your dog’s weight and condition as you feed him the recommended amount for a few weeks then decide if you need to make adjustments. If your Rottweiler seems to be gaining an unhealthy amount of weight, scale back his daily portion a little bit. If he seems to be losing weight or becoming lethargic, feed him a little more.

The quality of your Rottweiler’s diet has a direct impact on his long-term health and wellness, so take the time to learn about your dog’s nutritional needs so you can choose a product to meet them. There are many high-quality brands of dog food on the market but you do need to do some research of your own to weed out the good from the bad. Once you find a quality product, be consistent in your feeding schedule and check with your vet to ensure that your Rottweiler remains at a healthy bodyweight.

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