Now that your Boxer dog is ready to go on solid food, you need to decide how to best feed it. If you choose to give it commercially made, store bought dog food, be sure that you choose only the best quality. Remember to read ingredient labels and learn what go into making the product. There are way too many substandard dog food brands in the market that you want to avoid. Again, ensuring the good health of your Boxer dog hangs on the sort of food you give to it.
Many store bought brands have “fillers”. These could be by-products of an animal or extenders like soy or corn. Meat by-product can be any unused part of an animal (chicken beak, cow hoof, pig nose, fowl) to create meat products for human consumption. Road kill and animals which died in transit can also be part of this mix. Be wary when you read a label that says “meat-products”. Soy and corn are also commonly used as extenders and have been known to contain allergens that may be bad for or contain no nutritional value to your Boxer. A lot of commercially made dog food contains food additives and coloring as well which you want to stay away from as these can be cause for allergic reactions and bad for your Boxers health.
Now is the time to research what to feed your dog. You may accomplish this by asking experienced Boxer guardians, veterinarians, as well as upstanding breeders. They would have had enough experience to be able to shed some light on this important factor of your canine’s health.
What to Feed a Boxer Dog: Home Cooked Meals
Home cooked meals not only allow you quality control of the sort of food your Boxer is getting, it also will save you money in the long haul. Cooking meals for your Boxer would be ideal if you have the time to do this. Many Boxer caregivers find cooking for the Boxer as they cook meals for the family not only saves them time and money, it also lets the guardian monitor the sort of nutrition being given the growing Boxer.
The prime ingredient of your Boxers meal should be 35-40% fresh, quality, wholesome meat. Tuna or Mackerel fish, a lean chicken breast, veal, lamb, turkey, lean hamburger, lamb. Should you opt to raw feed your Boxer dog you will have to be more mindful of the freshness and quality of the meat products.
Remember to include good vegetables acceptable for a Boxer diet. 25-30% of the meal should consist of one or two servings of raw or boiled sweet peas, potatoes, carrots, string beans, steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes.
You will want to add in a little bit of starch to your Boxer’s meals. A little bit of rice or a few pieces of boiled pasta would do the job of loading up on much needed energy that your Boxer will need.
Always remember to hydrate your Boxer as it is not built to self-regulate its body temperature. On hot days, especially on a foray out, be sure to have had your Boxer have a good drink of water and bring along a bottle of water for it. So goes the same for meals. Remember that Boxers will experience medical problems should it drink or eat too fast. One way of avoiding greedy slurping and gobbling is to follow a strict feeding schedule and to set out fresh water so as your buddy can grab a quick drink anytime of the day.