If the saying “you are what you eat” is true, then I am sure that it also applies to canine nutrition. On the internet, the quandary of what to feed is on each list that I subscribe to. Many breeders are talking to other breeders about this. I, too, was among them. I feel that most owners would do the right thing if only they knew what that was.
I have spent a lot of time researching this for myself and my Boxer family. I have recently come across some great information that is working for each boxer here at Armstrong Boxers. To start with, please read the API report titled, “What’s really in dog food?” It is very informative for all of you who want to begin to understand basic nutrition and what we are doing with the diet of our Boxer family.
Our dogs are fed a natural diet. It is a “back to the basics” approach. I have always fed premium dog food because I wanted to provide the very best diet available for my boxers. After all, they are worth it! I felt that premium foods were necessary to have premium quality dogs. Of course, I expected my dogs to be healthy by doing this.
About 3 years ago, one of my boxers had an allergy attack. I took her to my vet and they had suggested 3 Benadryl 3 times a day, prednisone “steroid” and antibiotics. At that point, I was not feeling right with all the medication she was taking. I contacted a friend who was a well-known breeder and she suggested I read the book Give a Dog a Bone, by Dr. Billinghurst. I was open-minded and did as she suggested. I also read Dr. Billinghurst’s other book, Grow Your Pups with Bones. I then decided to try it. We switched the entire kennel to the natural diet.
The result of this way of feeding our boxers is immediately apparent by just looking at their physical appearance and observing how they act. They are youthful and energetic. They are playing with the puppies here and keeping up with them easily.
Another benefit is the amazing transformation in their dental hygiene. Their tartar encased, plaque-encrusted teeth are now sparkling white. Gums are healthy and pink and, best of all, no more doggie breath. Their teeth are as white as my little new puppies are. The sparkling white teeth on our dogs impress everyone who comes here and sees them.
We have beautiful, lush coats, and no skin dryness. If that’s not enough, we have no fleas or parasites that can plague our beloved boxers. There is much more that I could say, but I would be happy to discuss this way of feeding with you personally. All I can say in closing is that it is working beautifully for us and my boxers are loving it!