Breeders Nutrition: The fundamental principles
The Breeding process begins with a practical character test by which dogs are evaluated by their physical beauty and current state of health. Unfortunately, nutrition is often overlooked and too much emphasis is placed upon the genetics of the parents. Providing proper nutrition for both the male and female is vital, as it will affect the vitality, health, and growth of their puppies.
Nutrition plays a fundamental role in the physical and psychological health of the parents, which has a sharp influence on the general state of the puppies.
The fundamental principles for correct nutrition are:
• A presence of the Omega3 essential fatty acids in high quantity (between one and three per one hundred). These fatty acids can be naturally attained from fish and fish oil.
• An Omega3 and Omega6 ratio between 1:1 and 1:4.
• The utilization of food sources without chemical and / or medical residues, which are particularly toxic.
Avoid proteins coming from intensive farming and carbohydrates that are genetically modified or contain gluten.
Instead, use clean proteins such as fish from the sea or deer, boar, lamb, or horse meat that does not come from intensive farming. Look for unpolluted polyunsaturated fats.
Breeders will too often buy low priced pet food to restrain the cost of breeding management. They are not always able to find a product with a good ratio between quality and price. By using low quality products, they risk an onset of disorders related to improper nutrition. Often this is caused by an excess or insufficiency of essential elements (fatty acids polyunsaturated Omega3 and Omega6) but also from the contained toxic substances. Such substances are increasingly present in various kinds of food.
They frequently cause disorders that are misattributed to food allergies.
In addition to food allergies, an intolerance is a body’s negative reaction to one or more ingredient.
These can give different symptoms and inflame different organs (ear, skin, gastrointestinal, eye, urinary).
Hair lacking shine, reddened persistent itching, dandruff, odorous skin, paw licking, otitis mono and bi-lateral, vomiting and fasting, continuous chronic diarrhea, and excessive tearing are the most obvious symptoms to be found by the parents.
Many dogs and cats show a high level of intolerance to the presence of residue in meat coming from intensive farming and wheat gluten. The simple use of a protein source not coming from intensive farming (for example fish) and the use of corn as a source of glucose very often avoids such a reaction completely.
A breeder of show dogs looks for the following characteristics: healthy skin and hair, a correct physical conformation, a small quantity of feces, and a balanced physique. For a breeder of working dogs, it’s important to provide the dog with a product that has a high metabolizable energy and works towards developing the right muscles and bones, as well as promotes the learning and receptivity of the dogs.
The right nutrition contributes to the best physical and physiological aspects and guarantees the health of the dogs performance and facilitates the long term management of breeding.