When it comes to diet and food, Dalmatians are quite unique dogs. This particular breed digests certain proteins much differently than other breeds do. So it’s even more important to keep track of what and how much your Dalmatian eats. Although there are plenty of dog food on the market that target this breed directly, it’s better to know exactly what your dog needs before you buy any dog food.
First and most important thing which you must know is that Dalmatians actually lack a specific enzyme which is used to help digest proteins. They are actually the only breed that lacks this enzyme, all other dogs have it. This enzyme helps digest foods that are very heavily dense in proteins.
This undigested protein can buildup and form into small stones, commonly known as kidney stones. Don’t worry though there are a couple of things you can do to prevent them, and a lot of Dalmatians never experience this problem. Others however are not as lucky and have them quite often.
Cutting protein from the Dalmatian’s diet is not a solution, since these large and energetic dogs require protein to keep them moving. What you should limit though is foods that are heavily dense in protein, like organ meat. You should always leave plenty of water for the Dalmatian to drink. Water helps the kidneys filter out things the body doesn’t need. So a frequent flush of the system, trip to the bathroom, is great for preventing buildup in the kidneys.
These dogs have very sensitive stomachs so watch what you feed them. The best way to do it is by feeding your pup home cooked food. That way you know exactly what your Dalmatian is eating and you have full control over his diet. Of course with our busy schedule this isn’t always possible. Feeding him store brand food is fine as long as you find food with the right nutrition.
When it comes to dry vs. wet food, go for the kibble. I noticed a lot of the canned food is high in purine. Your Dalmatian also needs to chew on something, like dry kibble, every now and then to keep his teeth healthy. So if you decide to feed the Dalmatian canned, or also known as ‘wet’, food then make sure you provide your dog with plenty of chewable dog treats.
Treats are important for Dalmatian training and they are used as a way to reward good behavior. It encourages your puppy to obey you in the future and gives them a feeling of accomplishment while boosting their confidence, if you use them the right way that is.
This doesn’t mean you should give out the treats like there is no tomorrow though. Problem with giving too many treats is that they can affect your dog’s diet. Another downside is that constantly rewarding your dog for small things will make the treats meaningless. If they are handed out treats for no particular reason, they won’t have the urge to earn them because they are so easy to get without any effort. They will just wait for their next handout.
Here are some popular treats that owners give their dogs:
An adult Dalmatian’s diet should include two full meals with treats in between. Try to avoid foods that are too dense in protein and monitor the dog’s weight. If he starts gaining weight too fast, cut back on the food. Overweight Dalmatians tend to suffer from more health issues and are unhealthier in general than Dalmatians that are at the optimum weight. So be careful and don’t give out too many treats to your dog while trying to teach him new tricks.
If you want to know exactly what makes this breed tick? Learn the secret to a happy, healthy and obedient Dalmatian that every owner needs to know – Dalmatian Owners Guide