How much to feed Pitbull Puppy
Pitbull pups should ideally never be separated from their mothers until after 8 weeks of age. Their mother’s milk supplies them with the essential nutrients and antibodies required to become a healthy full grown adult. When they prefer being around humans rather than sticking around their siblings and mom, then it is time to bring them home as your pet.
Pitbull puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs. They require the right amount of proteins, calcium, and calories. The protein requirement falls in the range of 30%-40% and the best source for puppies are eggs and muscle portions of meat that are highly digestible. A high fat diet is required in the growing stages of a dog, but it also can give rise to skeletal abnormalities due to rapid growth rates. A pitbull puppy’s fat intake should therefore preferably be in the range of 14%-17% insisting on quality fat like preserved chicken fat and salmon oil. Calcium in excess too can promote bone abnormalities hence calcium levels in their diet should be between the 1.1%-1.5% range. Carbohydrates need to be fed minimal as the pancreatic enzyme level is very low in pitbulls and therefore cannot be easily digested.
A dog’s digestive system is created and fashioned to eat raw food. To get started on feeding a raw diet for your pitbull pup, introduce raw food as treats initially for the first couple of weeks. Gradually increase the portion size until he gets to eat a whole meal of raw bony meat. If you choose to feed one full meal with raw food from the start it may cause him to vomit and he will eventually develop an aversion to a raw diet. When raw food is introduced into his diet, even small portions may cause loose stools, but this will stop once his system becomes stronger as he matures.
Assuming that you have brought home a pup that is more than 8 weeks old, feedings should be restricted to 3-4 times a day. After he crosses 6 months of age, restrict his feedings to twice a day. Stick to a schedule and avoid free feeding him. Feed him with small portion sizes approximately 4 times a day. You can train your dogs around the scheduled feeding time as this will help keep his treats to a minimum. When snacks are provided cut his portion size accordingly to help maintain his weight constant.
When your pet’s exercise levels increase gradually continue to keep his food intake the same. Try not to feed him until 30 minutes after a walk or any form of exercise. Discourage feeding him with table scraps of ‘people food” and also keep your pitbull puppy away from trash cans situated both indoors and outdoors. Rotten, moldy foods contain toxins that can cause urine retention, constipation and even paralysis in him.
Clean his feeding bowls frequently, follow the same cleaning process as you would do while you prepare your own food. These measures along with a proper nutritious diet will ensure that your pet pitbull puppy is healthy and happy as far as possible. Consult your vet before introducing any new diet plans for your pitbull pup to continue keeping him healthy.