Food for dogs of small breeds has its own characteristics.
All manufacturers of dog food try to make a wide range of products designed for a wide variety of breeds. This is due to the developmental characteristics of dogs of different weight categories and their predisposition to certain diseases.
Small breeds of dogs are distinguished by high nervous excitability, predisposition to dislocations of the patella, necrosis of the femoral head, non-loss of milk teeth and the formation of tartar. They do not rarely get head injuries and limb injuries, falling from a low height and falling under their feet. Some breeds often have skin diseases. Dogs prone to tagging are often castrated, and as a result, they gain weight.
In special feeds for dogs of small breeds, these features are taken into account. Also, feed makers know that small dogs have a lot of heat dissipation, they lose a lot of energy not only during the game, but even in the process of digesting food. Therefore, their food should be enriched with vitamins, trace elements, fatty and amino acids and at the same time easy to digest.
What should be the composition of food for small dogs?
The correct food for small breeds of dogs to maintain high energy should have linoleic acid and vitamins of group B. For good digestibility, such food contains the optimal amount of proteins and fats. Often, lamb meat with hypoallergenic properties is used as the main source of animal protein.
Special series of therapeutic dog food (for example, Hill's) are designed for the diet of small dogs with oral diseases, problem skin, a tendency to overweight, food allergies.
To prevent the formation of tartar and strengthen the gums, you can pick up some hard delicacies for the dog's rewards.
Small breeds have one more peculiarity - they tend to be very addictive to certain foods and are especially picky about their food choices. Therefore, it is important that a dog from early childhood be accustomed only to wholesome food. In addition, manufacturers specifically for such breeds care about the high palatability of the feed.