How to feed alabay and how many times a day
The diet of puppies of large breeds is a whole science. After all, these dogs grow very quickly. In the first month, the shepherd puppy gains three or even four kilograms. And then its weight increases altogether rapidly. And since a half-year dog of a large breed looks almost like an adult dog, you can only imagine how much “building material” will be needed to grow this powerful bones, form muscles, ligaments, cartilage, strong teeth.
Therefore, nutrition should be taken with all responsibility, as well as education. Mistakes made will be affected later. They will manifest in acquired diseases, poor exterior and pathologies of the musculoskeletal system. Large breeds include the Central Asian Shepherd Dog, or Alabai. What to feed a puppy, and then an adult dog, our article will tell.
Alabai was bred with a definite purpose. He must serve man as a protector and guard. Therefore, the dog must have remarkable strength. Alabai needs a rich and balanced diet. Meat must be present in his diet. Therefore, if the funds do not allow you to give the dog two liters of soup for one feeding, it is better not to start alabay, but to buy a dog of another breed.
This serious dog always has a good appetite. But do not indulge him: overweight affects the health of the dog (as well as exhaustion). Therefore, you need to know how to feed alabaya. We'll return to the diet, but for now let's say a few words about the dishes. Alaby's long neck is not welcome. Therefore, the owner needs to buy a bowl stand so that the puppy does not lean over the food, but does not reach for it. In the diet of Alabai big traditionalists. In order to transfer the dog to a new feed, it will take about a week.
How to feed a puppy alabay?
If you are a novice dog breeder, it's best not to experiment. Buy dry or wet food for a small Central Asian Shepherd. But it must be a premium class. In addition, the specialized - "For puppies of large or giant breeds." Alabai are shepherd dogs, therefore, they need to be given chondroprotectors to strengthen their paws. Bundles of collagen will help to accumulate collagen in bundles. If you keep your puppy on a balanced dry food, which already has all the necessary trace elements, vitamins and nutrients, the only thing you need to take care of is the availability of clean drinking water.
A stand that matches the height of the dog should hold two bowls. One - for food. If the puppy has not eaten it, the remnants must be picked up. A bowl with water should always be full. Feed your puppy several times a day according to age. The first meal should be no earlier than seven in the morning, and the last one — no later than nineteen hours. Up to three months of age, a puppy is fed six times a day. Then the number of meals is very gradually reduced. A half year old dog should eat four times a day. For their first birthday, the young Alabai must learn to eat three meals. And an adult dog should be fed in the morning and in the evening at the same time.
Feed puppy "naturalka"
The diet of a young dog should be very diverse. Veterinarians still have not come to a common opinion about what to feed the alabay (and other puppies of other breeds) - dry pieces and canned food (the amount of the latter should not exceed ten percent of the daily norm) or natural products. If you are a fan of the second hypothesis, then try yourself to create a balanced diet for your dog.
A growing body needs milk. When fresh, it can only be given to a puppy until the age of six months. Then you need to switch to dairy products. Especially useful for alabai curd - farmers, of course. You should know that the Central Asian Shepherd is poorly assimilated pork. From meat products, the puppy should be given finely chopped raw beef trimmings (for goulash). By-products are also very important in the diet - scar, heart, liver, kidneys. Alabay gladly eat sea and river fish. You need to give the puppy soups and semi-liquid cereals. Optimal cereals - rice and buckwheat. Hercules can be in limited quantities, millet is completely undesirable.
Adult dog diet
When we reduce the number of feedings, we increase the doses. It is enough for an adult dog to give food twice a day - in the morning and in the evening. But the answer to the question of how much to feed is weak depends on many factors. There are individual features of the body, metabolic disorders, when the food eaten is deposited on the sides of the dog with fat folds. This in no case should not be allowed, especially in puppy age - paws will buckle. In a normal diet, the dog should see two lower ribs, and the rest should be palpable. Then it is considered that alabai is in good physical shape. It should be borne in mind that bitches during pregnancy and lactation should increase the daily dose of food. And to aging dogs, especially those who spend their days in the aviary without much movement, should be reduced.
What can feed alabay?
It is undesirable to allow vyklyavchivanie pieces at the table owner. But sometimes you want to pamper your pet! What can alabai give as a treat or a reward? The bones, but preferably, are not rib and in no case tubular chicken. “Sugar” butter dogs should be given to a well-fed dog so that it does not start swallowing them. Also a good delicacy will be the “bones” made of bovine veins, ears. In general, dishes with gelatin are very useful for breeds of sheep dogs. They contain chondroitin, which is responsible for the safety of the joint fluid. Do not forget to give your alabay vegetables: cabbage, beets (with tops), carrots, zucchini, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers. To get rid of worms, add in food finely chopped clove of garlic. Fruits are desirable only those that the dog chooses. Well, and do not forget about cottage cheese, which is very important for the development of the skeletal system.
What can not feed alabay?
Meat in the diet of this breed is necessary as air. But this does not mean that alabay can be fed scraps from your table. It is strictly forbidden to give the dog cutlets, chops and schnitzel, which are salted and seasoned with spices. And from the latter the dog may lose the scent. Fried food stomach shepherd is also poorly absorbed. If possible, alabay meat should be given raw. If in doubt, pour boiling water over it or boil a little.
It is necessary to avoid feeding alabay, especially a puppy, potatoes, macaroni and rolled oats. Malnutrition and bulky foods only stretch the stomach. Sweets are harmful for all dogs, not only for alabai. And chocolate is poison for our four-legged friends. What to feed alabay? Instead of giving him cookies and waffles, it is better to fry slices of rye bread on a small amount of butter. It is good to take such croutons with you for a walk and feed your dog during training as a reward.
Vitamins and mineral supplements
Their lack of a bad effect on the health of the dog. But a surplus, too! If the question of how to feed alabaya, you preferred ready-made specialized mixtures, you do not need to buy extra vitamins. But if you keep your dog on "naturalka", you should vigilantly monitor her health. In principle, the diet, which includes meat, offal, cottage cheese, cereals and vegetables, is considered balanced and enriched with all the minerals necessary for the body. You can occasionally give alabayu vitamins, but do not overdo it with them.
Summer and winter diet
In continental climates, dog food depends on the seasons. What to feed alabai in winter? As much protein and carbohydrate as possible should be present in his diet. But in the summer of these substances should be reduced by about forty percent, replacing them with fiber and focusing on vegetables.