Bichon Frise diet and nutrition
An important key in the care of your Bichon Frise is a balanced diet and good nutrition. Obesity in a Bichon Frise can lead to back problems, weak and dislocated knees, breathing difficulties, and added stress on kidneys and other organs. For a small dog like the Bichon, even an extra three or four pounds can be detrimental to their health.
As a puppy, the proper care for your Bichon Frise is essential for his still growing body. Puppy formula dry dog food has all the essential vitamins and minerals he needs, and at the proper dosage for his size. There can be too much of a good thing, regardless of what Barry White may have said. Adding vitamin and/or mineral tablets to your pup’s diet throws off the balance. It is in both your and your puppy’s best interest to follow whatever feeding instructions the breeder gave you.
Proper Care For Your Bichon Frise And His Tummy
What usually leads to canine obesity and poor diet is overindulgence and improper portion sizes. Two or three doggy treats is way too much for your Bichon Frise, puppy or adult. You care for your Bichon Frise and want him or her to be happy, this is a good thing. Giving treats as praise for a good job is common and perfectly fine. One treat, or piece of cheese, or slice of apple is completely sufficient. Bichons love to eat, and they will more than likely beg. It is your job to look out for their best interest.
Small portions of lean meats, like chicken and pork are a good bonus to their daily dry food. There is no need to add canned food to their diets. Some dogs, especially Bichons can have sensitive stomachs and do not adjust well to the rich sauces used in most canned foods. Also, most canned food has rice mixed in with the meat and gravy; dogs are not able to digest rice.
Taking care of your Bichon Frise can sometimes mean denying him little extras, for his own good. Consult your local veterinarian before administering any vitamins to your Bichon Frise. His care is also in the hands of the vet, who also has more knowledge about what supplements your pet’s system can handle. Most times, he is already getting everything he needs from his dog food. If you select a good, high quality food you should not have to worry about adding vitamin supplements. One essential thing your dog can have a lot of, is water. Fresh water should always be available to your dog.
If you have not already, research different dog foods to find out the right diet to feed your Bichon Frise.