Diet for sporty dogs: tips

No matter whether police, sled or hunting dog: The nutrition for sporty dogs has to be planned much more intensively than for the normal family dog. Some tips on how to properly cover the higher energy requirements of your active four-legged friend. Huskies show their endurance and temperament as sled dogs - Image: Shutterstock / AnetaPics

Some dogs are not just happy companions for humans. They also take on important but physically demanding tasks - such as sled dogs or police dogs. On a "working day", these animals have extremely high energy consumption. The dosage and composition of your feed must be adjusted accordingly. In the best case, you plan the diet for sporty dogs individually - depending on age and task.

Diet goals for sporty dogs

What does nutrition have to do for athletic dogs? Of course, you should above all keep the weight of your animal. Therefore, the dog's normal daily requirements must be covered in any case. At the same time, you have to add so much additional energy through the food that your dog can withstand great physical stress.

At the same time, the food should be easy to digest. The right food can also compensate for the body's reactions caused by stress - by adding the right proteins and vitamins. Important: Depending on the task of the animal, the diet for sporty dogs must be different. A greyhound and a search dog have very different physical demands on their food.

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Tips for the nutrition plan

Do not use conventional canned food in the diet for sporty dogs. Only feed special dry complete food. It is easier to digest and the energy of such food becomes available more quickly when the body exerts a lot of effort. At best, put the food together yourself.

Nutrition tip for sporty dogs: In animals that are physically active for long periods of time, the fat content in the food should be increased to up to 35 percent. In order to absorb the stress caused by the heavy physical exertion, add 32 to 40 percent protein to the feed, depending on the degree of exertion.

Vitamins B1, B6 and B12 also lower the stress level. Omega-3 fatty acids improve oxygen exchange in the blood and may reduce inflammation caused by physical exertion. L-carnitine supports the cells in using fatty acids properly. Lactic acid bacteria help with digestion. It is of course very important that your dog drinks a lot - to prevent dehydration.

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