All dog owners should make keeping and caring for their pets a priority (regardless of breed). The Vizslas are among the most beautiful kinds of canines that many families acquire due to their characteristics.
This type of dog is friendly to any person or animal, and they are very attached to their owners. Vizslas are energetic and active who need to exercise every day to maintain good physical condition and improve their skills, especially during hunting.
Like another dog, having a Vizsla is a great responsibility since we, as its owners, must prioritize its health above all things. That implies not only knowing the guidelines that we must take into account for proper care, but we also have to know more about their diet. A proper diet will guarantee your dog an excellent quality of life and good health.
What Is The Best Dog Food for a Vizsla?
Feeding any breed of dog is a challenge that every owner ever experiences. Dogs have an organism similar to that of human beings, but the fundamental difference is that theirs is more sensitive and susceptible. That means that our Vizsla cannot eat any type of food.
There are certain foods that can be very harmful and even toxic to our canines. Some of them are chocolate, onion, garlic, avocado, dairy products, xylitol, etc. It is crucial to avoid giving this type of food to our Vizslas.
The best foods for a Vizsla are:
This type of canine can eat any kind of meat (chicken, turkey, fish, pork, lamb, veal) thanks to a large number of nutrients and vitamins it offers. However, before giving meat to your dog, you should avoid frying it or adding salt. The most recommended is to prepare it baked, grilled, or griddle. In addition, raw meat is usually a good option, especially if it is of good quality.
Many people feed bones to their Vizslas together with meat. That is not a proper thing as some of them might be chipped. If your dog eats a cracked bone, it can get stuck in your canine’s throat or, failing that, damage some important organ.
Vegetables and Fruits
These types of food are very beneficial to the health of a Vizsla, in addition to giving them the energy they need to carry out their daily physical activities. Vegetables and fruits are often used as healthy treats for this type of canine.
Taking these foods into account is also essential for those who have vegetarian Vizslas since, like humans, not all of them eat meat. Whether your canine eats meat or not, it is essential to include some vegetables or fruits in your pet’s diet to guarantee an excellent quality of life.
Some of the most suitable fruits and vegetables for Vizslas are:
Make sure to remove the seeds from the fruits before giving them to your canine as they can have adverse effects on their health.
This food is one of the most important for both humans and dogs because they contain many nutrients and proteins essential for health.
The first thing we should know is that we cannot feed our Vizsla with a raw egg. The most recommended is to fry or cook it so that your dog can digest it better. You can also consider preparing French omelets because of their high protein level. Regardless of how you make this food, you should avoid putting salt on it since it is usually a supplement that can potentially affect your pet’s health.
Now, there is a trendy diet based on the union of various natural foods, among which are those mentioned above. That is the BARF diet.
This diet consists of a way of feeding any type of pet (dogs, cats, etc.) based on raw and natural foods. BARF can mean two things:
- Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.
- Bones and Raw Food.
This type of practice was created with the aim of returning to the evolutionary diet of these animals. The foods that usually make up this diet are muscle meat, organs, vegetables, fruits, meaty bones, and supplements (egg, yogurt, boiled white rice, etc.). It should be noted that all these foods must be natural and raw.
You should make sure to feed your Vizsla a daily portion of 2% to 4% of its weight. This aspect will also depend on the level of physical activity that your canine has. The more energy your dog spends, the food portion should be greater. Try to divide the amount of food in a balanced way throughout the day.
Please note that what we have just mentioned only applies to adult Vizslas. Puppy Vizslas, on the other hand, the proportion of food should be 10% of their total weight.
The BARF diet gives your dog many benefits, including cleaner teeth, fresh breath, better physical condition, a healthier coat, etc. In addition, it should be noted that these foods provide more energy to your Vizsla (more than they already have).
Before starting to feed your Vizsla based on this diet, you must take into account certain aspects that can be negative. Many foods are usually large or contain bones, which could cause obstructions or perforations in the throat or organ and suffocation. That is why you must take the necessary measures and determine the appropriate portions to prevent any situation that may affect your canine’s health.
By feeding your Vizsla with natural foods, you not only avoid canned or processed foods but also prevent the chances that your canine suffers from any disease. That without counting the fact that you will help your dog to have an excellent physical condition and quality of life that will take it away from what many dog owners fear, obesity.