These powerful dogs are known for their strength, loyalty, muscular frame, and dedication to their humans. Historically, Rottweilers were farm dogs that were tasked with protecting livestock. They are high-energy, which means they have high nutritional needs, and require specific care to prevent certain health conditions. Below are ways to help your Rottweiler live a long and vibrant life.
Rottweilers can unfortunately suffer from dysplasia in their elbows and hips. This can cause discomfort while walking, running, and playing. One of the best ways to support healthy bone growth, from a young age, is to feed a food with an optimal calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. Ensuring you have enough of these critical nutrients in your dog’s food supports proper bone development and healthy joints. Additionally, chews that contain ingredients like chondroitin and glucosamine also support healthy joints.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Another issue that Rottweilers can be predisposed to is retinal degradation. This can be due to multiple causes, but supporting their eye health is important in terms of preventative measures. Vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin are 3 nutrients that support healthy eyes, which can be found in liver and green leafy vegetables.
Have you ever seen your Rottweiler itching or chewing on their feet? This may be due to allergies and inflammation. Being prone to allergies, feeding your pup a novel protein may be a good idea. These are less common proteins, and since your dog’s immune system may not recognize them in the same way as chicken or beef, they’re less likely to have allergy symptoms.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Rottweilers who have irritable bowel syndrome can be sensitive to certain ingredients, or difficult to digest foods. By providing them with highly digestible food with limited ingredients, you can help reduce GI discomfort and support healthy poops! At Huntaway, our raw and freeze-dried foods are a mixture of easy-to-digest raw venison, organ meats, bone, vegetables, and fruits.
If you choose to switch your Rottweiler to a 100% raw diet, or add it as a topper, any amount of fresh food you can add to their bowl will help provide them with vitality and longevity.
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