IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FEED YOUR SCHNAUZER THE PROPER DIET WHEN THEY ARE ADULTS.
AS PUPPIES THEY SHOULD BE FED A GOOD QUALITY PUPPY FOOD. IT WILL SUPPLY THEM WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS OF PROTEIN AND FAT THAT IS NEEDED FOR MUSCLE AND BONE GROWTH. MAKE SURE YOU FIND A FOOD THAT IS MADE FOR SMALL DOGS OR IT MAY ALSO SAY SMALL BITES. YOU DO NOT WANT TO FEED YOUR SCHNAUZER PUP A LARGE BREED PUPPY FOOD. IT IS IMPORTANT TO START FEEDING YOUR PUPPY FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRESH FRUIT (UNCOOKED). YOU CAN START WITH SMALL AMOUNTS AT 3 - 4 MONTHS OLD. FEED TWICE A WEEK AND INCREASE SLOWLY TO 3 - 5 TIMES A WEEK. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OFFER TO MUCH FRUIT, REMEMBER FRUIT HAS HIGH AMOUNTS OF SUGAR.
AS AN ADULT YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR SCHNAUZER EAT A MEAT SOURCE PROTEIN AND LOW FAT DIET. THE PROTEIN SHOULD BE NO HIGHER THEN 21% -23%. THE FAT CONTENT SHOULD BE NO HIGHER THEN 12%. THERE ARE A LOT OF HIGH QUALITY FOODS OUT THERE WITH A MEAT SOURCE PROTEIN AND A LOWER FAT LEVEL NEEDED FOR YOUR SCHNAUZERS DIET. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE PROTEIN SOURCE IS FROM MEAT AND NOT GRAIN. REMEMBER WHEN FEEDING DRY PROCESSED FOOD TO YOUR DOG IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADD FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRESH FRUIT (UNCOOKED) AT LEAST 3 - 5 TIMES A WEEK, FRESH FRUIT FED TWICE A WEEK IN SMALL AMOUNTS DUE TO THE HIGH SUGAR CONTENT. ONE OUT OF TWO DOGS TODAY IS DEVEOPING CANCER AND THEIR DIET PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN THIS, BY ADDING FRESH FOOD TO YOUR SCHNAUZERS DIET YOU CAN REDUCE THE CHANCE OF CANCER BY 80%. OUR DOGS HERE AT HEMLOCK RECEIVE DRY KIBBLE, FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRUIT AND ALSO A RAW DIET NUGGET (ONCE A WEEK). ALSO REMEMBER THAT WATER PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN AVOIDING THE FORMATION OF STONES MAKE SURE YOUR DOG GETS ENOUGH WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY. IT'S BEST NOT TO HAVE YOUR DOG DRINK TAP WATER THERE ARE A LOT OF MINERALS AND OTHER CHEMICALS ADDED TO TAP WATER, DISTILLED WATER IS A GOOD SUGGESTION, OR USING A WATER FILTER.
I'M SURE YOUR WONDERING WHY THEY NEED A MEAT SOURCE PROTEIN AND LOWER FAT DIET. WELL IT IS BECAUSE IF FED A HIGH CARBOHYDRATE PROTEIN AND A HIGH FAT DIET THEY CAN DEVELOP PANCREATITIS AND BLADDER STONES. THERE ARE CERTAIN BREEDS THAT ARE PRONE TO THIS AND THE SCHNAUZER IS ONE OF THEM. IF KEPT ON THE PROPER DIET THEY SHOULD DO JUST FINE.
STAY AWAY FROM SUPERMARKET BRAND FOODS THEY ARE MOSTLY MADE WITH FILLERS AND BECAUSE OF THAT THEY ARE LESS EXPENSIVE BUT NOT A GOOD CHOICE FOR YOUR DOG.
I HOPE THIS HAS HELPED YOU OUT ON WHAT TO FEED YOUR SCHNAUZER. YOUR WELCOME TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.
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A good rule for finding leafy greens that your dog can eat is to stick to those that you would consume. Lettuce, spinach, chard, cabbage and kale are all okay for dogs. Besides being rich in vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, iron and potassium, leafy greens are also a good source of fiber. Much like humans, dogs get the most nutrients when the veggies are uncooked. Of course, if you want you can steam your dog’s vegetables for something a little different, or bake them for a crunchier treat. The high fiber in leafy greens can cause some dogs to have an upset stomach after initially added to their diet. Introduce any new food slowly to keep your dog’s tummy safe.
In general root vegetables like carrots, beets, sweet potatoes and parsnips are safe to feed your dog. These vegetables are starchy and high in sugar, which means you do want to limit the amount you give to your dog (especially if his commercial or raw dog food already contains root vegetables – many do).
Squash of all varieties are safe for dogs to eat. Pumpkin and butternut squash can help dogs with bouts of diarrhea, and most dogs don’t mind the taste of squash. Use up all your excess summer squash from the garden by steaming it up for your dog, or cut up and bake this year’s jack-o-lantern after Halloween for your dog to eat. It’s best to limit your pup’s consumption to the meat of the squash, keeping the seeds and skin away.
Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower, Corn and Cucumber
All of these veggies are safe for your dog to munch on but, like other vegetables, keep it to small quantities - especially if your dog isn’t used to eating these types of foods. Remember to take the corn off the cob before handing it over to your dog. Although the cob itself isn’t bad for a dog to consume, it is easy to swallow in chunks or whole, which can cause choking or intestinal obstruction.
Whenever changing your dog’s diet make sure to check with your vet, go slow, and pay attention to your dog. If you follow these guidelines, adding vegetables to your pup’s food can help him receive a more varied, nutritionally complete profile in his diet.
This vegetable group includes bean and alfalfa sprouts, mature beans such as kidney, pinto, and lentil, and peas. The topic of legumes in dog food has been in the news lately. The reason is due to a recent FDA update which states there are reports of canine dilated cardiopulmonary (DCM) in dogs eating pet foods containing legumes or potatoes high up on the ingredients list. If the protein of your dog’s diet relies heavily on legumes or potatoes, you should not only avoid giving more of this plant group to your dog, but also consider reducing the levels of legumes in his main dog food, i.e. changing dog foods.
A note on green beans: Green beans may be the most widely-fed vegetable to dogs because of their taste and easy digestion. Please be aware that, despite their name, green beans are not actually classified as beans, and therefore don’t warrant the limitations recommended for true legumes.
Alliums are bulb vegetables like onions, garlic, leeks, chives, and shallots. Do not give your dog access to these plants, as they are toxic to dogs. Negative side effects of eating onions or garlic for dogs range from a stomach ache to developing anemia which, at it’s worse, can cause organs to shut down.