The Bodeguero Andaluz diet is the cornerstone of its health, a well-fed dog will live longer and better than a dog fed with low-quality feed. Therefore, it is essential to know how to feed an Andalusian Bodeguero Mouser from puppy to old man.
From BodegueroAndaluz.com we will explain what are the best foods for your Bodeguero Ratonero puppy and for your adult dog, the recommended amounts and above all, the importance of nutrients.
Index of contents
- 1 Essential when choosing a good feed
- 1.1 Meat as the first ingredient
- 1.2 Cereals yes, but in its proper measure
- 1.3 Proteins and fats
- 2 What is the best brand of feed?
- 3 Size does matter
- 4 How to Feed a Puppy Mouser
- 5 How many times should I feed my buzzard?
Essential when choosing a good feed
Practically ninety percent of the dog food that we can find in stores or online pages, is crap. Their quality is so bad that we don’t even name them to avoid claims.
But it is incredible what advertising does, capable of making us believe that a feed is of good quality when it’s practically poison, a death sentence for any dog that is fed with it in the medium or long term.
Therefore, the first thing we must do when choosing a high quality feed for our Bodeguero Andaluz dog is to completely forget about all the well-known brands, advertisements and suggestions from friends.
We must value and choose a feed under our own criteria, and for this we will need to have a basic knowledge of nutrition, knowledge that you will learn right now, in just a few minutes.
Meat as the first ingredient
Dog food labels must by law list the ingredients of the composition in descending order, this means that manufacturers are required to list the ingredients that are in the highest quantity first.
We should look for feed whose first ingredient is always meat, such as chicken, beef, lamb, fish, etc … Fresh meat and dehydrated meat are the best we can use.
However, if you do not specify anything and simply put “chicken” we must be suspicious, as they can be waste, useless remains. We should also avoid “meat meals” or “meat by-products” since they hardly provide nutritional value.
Cereals yes, but in its proper measure
Cereals are an excellent source of carbohydrates for our dogs, but in their right measure. Most feed manufacturers include a very excessive quantity of cereals, which in most cases exceeds even the percentage of meat.
We must look for a feed to mark on your label the percentage of cereals you have, your label should never start with a cereal and we must add the set of cereals to know the real percentage.
If we appreciate something like “Chicken meat 30% Barley 20% Corn 15% etc … ..” we must run away from that feed, since it contains more cereal than meat, something that at a nutritional level is disgusting. This is done to reduce manufacturing costs, without taking into account the nutritional needs of dogs.
The best cereal that we can find as a carbohydrate source is rice, since it is highly digestible by the dog’s digestive system. The worst cereals are corn and wheat respectively.
Proteins and fats
A high level of protein in our dog’s feed is not bad, since the excess is disposed of through urine and feces. But if we find any feed that does not exceed forty percent meat protein, it would be ideal.
The same happens with fats, there are feeds that provide an excessive amount of fats that will surely end up fattening our dog. We must look for a balanced feed that contains about ten or fifteen percent fat at most.
A trick widely used by manufacturers is to specify a high protein index without clarifying whether they are of plant or animal origin. Plant-based proteins are of poor quality, a dog needs protein of animal origin.
If you are looking for a good alternative to conventional feed, you will surely be interested to know that you can create the food for your Andalusian Bodeguero yourself, it will be more natural than any you find in stores. More info: BARF dog food recipes.
What is the best brand of feed?
There are no better and worse brands but good and bad foods. There are brands that have a very good range while the rest are very bad, in the same way that there are brands with several good ranges and some bad.
If we do not know how to differentiate between good and bad, we are lost. Some brands that generally offer good food in their products are NFNatcane and Orijen.
Size does matter
It must be borne in mind that a Mouser Bodeguero Andaluz is a small breed dog, so always and without exception, we must buy a feed that is designed for small breed dogs.
The size of the kibbles of this class of feed is adapted to the small mouth of our dog, preventing choking when swallowing. It is essential to keep this in mind to avoid accidents.
If our dog is an adult, we must feed it with a feed for small breed adult dogs, if it is an elderly dog (from the age of ten) we must choose a specific feed for senior dogs.
Each feed is prepared to meet the needs of each stage of the dog’s life, so we should not use a puppy feed on an older dog or vice versa.
How to Feed a Puppy Mouser
Puppies should be fed breast milk until they have reached the age of three months or so, some are weaned a little earlier and others a little later, we must let them do so at their own pace.
Once they are weaned, we must look a good feed for puppies of small breeds, since they are specially formulated to cover all their needs during the growth stage.
Puppy feed contains more calcium and phosphorus for bone mass and muscle development, which also require high-quality protein.
How many times should I feed my buzzard?
Actually, it depends a lot on the age of the dog, since as they get older we can distance the feedings, even they will be the ones to indicate that they don’t want to eat at certain times.
- Puppies: Three to four feedings a day, dividing your daily ration between these feedings.
- Dogs from 1 to 10 years old: Three daily meals, spread over breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Elderly dogs over 10 years old: Between two and three feedings a day, normally with two they settle, but if they ask for more, we can give them three without problem
The most important thing of all is to always respect the feeding times, the dogs are animals of customs and they need to carry out a routine.
We should also respect the amounts of your ration If the feed manufacturer indicates that we should give him two hundred grams a day, we must distribute them among all his feedings without exceeding ourselves.
It is a very common mistake to overfeed dogs thinking that we are doing them a favor, when in fact we harm their health.