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Dog Breeds and Nutritional Requirements By Jeff Nenadic

There has not been much research done in the field of nutritional requirements for the various breeds of dogs in today’s society but certain things are evident. The evolution of all dogs is linked to similar ancestry but some breeds have distinct nutritional requirements, processing nutrients in totally different ways. For example; most of the toy breeds often experience difficulties in maintaining their blood/calcium levels when pregnant or lactating and commonly develop eclampsia (which we know as “milk fever”). When their diets are supplemented with additional calcium the blood/calcium level still doesn’t return to normal. All animals require energy in the form of calories but for some breeds an excess of energy food will result in weight gain and sometimes obesity. There are certain groups of dogs where it is necessary to limit how much energy food they eat such as dogs which have been neutered and are lacking in exercise. These dogs will become overweight partly due to changes in the hormone balance and more so if fed too much high energy food. The puppies of large breed dogs may develop skeletal abnormalities, if overfed on energy food, because this type of food accelerates the speed at which they grow. Conversely, too little energy food can lead to a weakened immune system, diminished growth and malnutrition. Working dogs have a higher requirement for energy food than the average household pet because they burn more calories and usually eat only one meal per day, without scraps or treats in between. Included in the working dog category, among others, are guard dogs, racing greyhounds, police or patrol dogs, herders, military dogs, sled-pulling dogs and hunters. These dogs also need more water than a domestic pet and it is wise to supplement their diets with recommended minerals and vitamins, especially if you are not feeding them specially manufactured food products for working dogs. Food with a high fat content is loaded with calories and dogs love it but, whereas it may have excellent nutritional value for a sled pulling dog, don’t feed your Labrador too much of it because the Labrador has a general tendency to overeat and too much fat will lead to obesity. If your dog’s coat is looking dull or dry feeding him a little more fat or fat acid supplements will put the shine back into his coat. As far as protein is concerned most dog breeds require approximately the same amount on a daily basis. However, there are certain types of terriers which have a tendency to develop kidney problems so if you have a terrier, ask your vet about controlling his protein intake. Too much protein has also
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been linked to aggressive behavior so if you have a breed with aggressive tendencies make sure his food doesn’t contain a high volume of protein. In summary, read as much information as you can about the breed of dog you own so that you can become better informed about your particular dog’s nutritional requirements. You might also want to seeks advice from your vet who will have a wealth of experience and knowledge in this subject. Written by Jeff Nenadic from http://www.my-dogshop.com/ My Dog Shop - Shop for an http://www.my-dogshop.com/doggie-dining_elevated-dog-feeders.html elevated feeding station instead of your standard dog bowl.

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Picking the Right Dog Breed By Dog Lovers Source

There are several hundred dog breeds for you to choose from, so how do you choose? How can you manage to pick with dog breed is perfect for you and your family? You can start by narrowing down your choices by using our suggestions outlined below. First, how much available space do you have for your dog? Do you live in an apartment? If so, you should rule out the larger dog breeds. Look for smaller dog breeds such as Terriers or maybe a Miniature Schnauzer. Children are another consideration. Small dog breeds such as Chihuahuas are very small and delicate and can easily be hurt by young children. But in the same turn you don�t want a large breed dog that will end up knocking over your child and bumping into him. If this is the case, a medium dog breed would be your best option such as a Fox Terrier, Lhasa Apso or maybe even a Labrador. Next how much exercise will your dog be able to receive? Do you have a fenced in yard that will allow your dog to get his own exercise? Some dog breeds require more exercise then others while other breeds are mild and calm and don�t require much to be happy and healthy. And we can�t forget your dog's grooming needs. There are some breeds that only require a half hour of grooming per week, while other breeds need grooming daily. If you don't have the want or the time to spend grooming a dog daily, steer clear of breeds such as the Maltese. While Boston Terriers make a good choice with little grooming needs. When you narrow down which dog breed you think will make a good fit for you and your family age is the next concern. Do you want a puppy or do you want a dog that is a couple years old and past the training stage but still young? The options are endless there are literally hundreds of different dog breeds of all different sizes, ages, colors and temperament. Take the time to do a little research so you know what you will be getting yourself into with your new loveable pet. The Dog Lovers Source has dog breeds and dog health� information.

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