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The Best Dog Food For Weimaraners


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If you own a Weimaraner, you are a lucky pet parent. They are strong all-purpose gun dogs that were initially bred to hunt large animals such as bear, boar, deer, and many more. I wrote an article on the origins of the breed here if you’d like to learn more.

Some call them “gray ghosts” because of their gorgeous and unique gray color. The color allows it to run in forests unnoticeable to hunt their prey.  

So, a dog with such features requires a special type of diet that helps them maintain their energy levels and build stronger muscles and bones. 

Keep reading to know about the best diet for your Weimaraners! 

Types of Dog Foods Available in Market

Here are the types of food available for your Weimaraners:

1. Dry Food

This is the most affordable and convenient type of food for dogs. It’s the most popular among pet owners since it does not need to be refrigerated and it can last for very long periods. Some dry grain-free dog food has been linked to a possible cause for canine dilated cardiomyopathy. I wrote an article about grain-free food here.

2. Home-Cooked 

Some owners prefer to be in full control over what their dogs eat and consume daily. Now, this might be a good option but it can get very expensive and time-consuming for a regular owner. 

3. Canned Food 

Dogs love the canned food and it can last on your kitchen’s shelf for a long time. Yet, they don’t provide your dog with all the nutrients they need since almost every canned food is 75% water. They can also get expensive. 

4. Semi-Moist Food 

This is the worst type of food you can buy for your dog. It has the least nutritional value out of all dog foods. It contains a lot of colorings and artificial flavors. You can give them to your dog as a treat but never as a full meal. 

5. Raw Food 

When it comes to the appropriate diet for Weimaraner, we prefer giving Nelly raw food over dry food

Your dog’s ancestors used to live in the wild and hunt animals and eat raw meat naturally. Their bodies were built to live that way and their stomachs are able to digest such meals.

The pet parent’s main concern when it comes to raw food is the germs and bacteria contained in the raw food that could harm the dog. Generally you don’t need to be afraid of this since the canine’s digestive system can deal with them. If you’re still worried though, there are commercial raw food products that are sterilized and free from any germs or bacteria. 

Benefits of Raw Diet 

Pet parents who have been feeding their dogs raw food have noticed the following benefits:

Firm Stools 

One of the best benefits of a raw diet is that your dog will no longer have liquid-type stools! This way it will become easier for you to clean the mess too. There will be less of it too, since their bodies will absorb more of the nutrients.

Higher Energy levels

Sometimes, preservatives in your dog’s dry commercialized food may make them lazy and lethargic, or over-energetic. However, with raw food, there’s a balance and your dog will always be energetic. 

Healthier Skin and Coat

A lot of stray dogs have extremely healthy skin and coats. It is because they eat raw food instead of a dry one. Additionally, they also get all the required nutrients without taking any supplements. 

Better Mouth Hygiene

Raw food also gives dogs overall better mouth hygiene. It includes everything from fresh breath to pearly white teeth!

Lastly, raw food also has other benefits such as better immunity, prevention of diabetes, great physique, and many more!

Raw food will make your dog live their life the way they are supposed to live just like their ancestors. Also, it is always better to go all-natural!

Price Comparison Between Raw Food and Dry Food

If you have chosen a raw food diet over dry food for your Weimaraners you will have to pay a few extra bucks. 

The daily cost of your dog’s raw food will range from $5 to $10, while the most premium dry food will cost you around $2 a day

However, feeding your dog dry food daily may cause them health problems that require veterinary care. Such veterinary care can cost you more than the price of raw food. Feeding raw food to your dog is better for your wallet in the long run.

Nutritional Needs of a Weimaraner Dog

To be able to know if the raw diet is any good for your Weim, you need to understand the nutritional needs of your dog. 

Here are the essential nutrients your dog needs to live healthily:

Vitamins and Minerals 

Vitamins A, E, and C are very important since Weimaraners are vulnerable to corneal dystrophy and entropion. These vitamins have antioxidants properties that can protect your dog and reduce the incidence of such diseases. 

Regarding minerals, a raw diet is a natural source of phosphorus and calcium. They are the two most vital minerals when it comes to Weimaraners.  

Calories 

Fat contains more calories than both proteins and carbs. If you feed your Weimaraner a diet that is full of fat, your dog might get overweight or even obese. This can cause serious health problems over time.

Your dog needs a lot of calories to be able to do all the sports and high-impact activities. The main source of calories should be mainly proteins and carbs unless you want your dog to be a couch potato! 

Animal Protein 

Weimaraners require high-quality proteins to be able to cope up with all the hunting and high-impact activities. 

The proteins in plant foods usually come with incomplete amino acids that are essential to build muscle fibers and other body tissues. 

This is why animal proteins are the best for your dog’s health. Different animal proteins are all included in raw diets. 

Beef, chicken, pork are all good sources of high-quality animal proteins. In the case of allergy problems, you can go for novel proteins like salmon, buffalo, turkey, etc. 

Joint-Friendly Nutrients 

Lastly, joint-friendly nutrients such as chondroitin and glucosamine can help your dog have stronger and healthier joints. They enhance the joints’ functionality and improve their full range of motion. 

They also make your dog’s joints more flexible and able to perform hard movements, which is great if your dog is involved in any sport. 

Proper Food Amount for Weimaraners

After you have understood your Weimaraner’s nutritional needs, you need to know the proper amounts of such nutrients. 

1. Fats 

Fats are good for your dog’s health. They help build healthy skin and coat and they participate in the production of hormones. 

Yet, they need to stay in moderate to low amounts. It should not be more than 20% of your Weimaraner’s diet. If it is more than that, you’ll put your dog at the risk of developing health problems in the long run. 

2. Proteins

When it comes to protein, your dog needs moderate to high amounts of them. It depends on the level of activity your dog is involved in. The higher level of activity, the more protein your dog should have. 

If your dog is an average hound, the protein content should be around 25%. On the other hand, if your dog is a hunting dog or involved in hard activities, the minimum protein content should be around 30% of the whole meal. 

3. Calories 

An adult dogs meal should be approximately 2 – 3% of their weight, puppies should be around 4 – 6%.

70% of the meal should be meat, out of which 10% is bones and 10% is organ meat. The rest of the meal should be vegetables, fruit and a small portion of carbs like rice or pasta. If you’re not sure what types of fruit are suitable for your Weim, I wrote up a handy guide!

How To Start Raw Feeding

It can be a little intimidating when first starting with a raw diet. There is so many information about it and trying to make sense of it all can be exhausting. Not to mention all the cool Pinterest recipes that overcomplicate things and conflicting information.

It’s not easy to separate facts from BS after being bombarded with dry dog food ads all your life but I’ve discovered a great guide by a certified pet food nutrition specialist. You can find the guide here. If you’d like to read my brief review of the Viking Dog Diet before you purchase, you can do so here.

Final Thoughts

To make your dog live a healthy life full of energy, you should know what is the right diet for your dog. I hope this little guide helped you a little bit to understand the raw diet for dogs.



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