Nutrition & Diet

Rottweilers, and all dogs, are carnivores. That means they primarily eat meat. But when you look at a bag of dog food, you may find that the ingredients are primarily grains. This is because meat is expensive, and you can easily substitute meat with grains to cut down on the cost of manufacturing. Your dog should be consuming mainly meat in their diets to keep them healthy as well as to control their weight.

When a Rottweiler becomes obese, they tend to become very lazy and unenthused. They may not want to play or exercise anymore. This is not good for your Rottie. They need to exercise and play so they can be happy and healthy. Also, there are several health hazards associated with obesity. The most important one being early death. A fat Rottweilers life expectancy is far less than a healthy lean one. When we overfeed our dogs, we are slowly killing them.

The optimal diet can be:
Raw Meats: beef hamburger, lamb, turkey, chicken etc.
Raw Meaty Bones: chicken wings, backs/frames, necks and leg quarters – duck necks – turkey necks (cut up) – pork necks, breast, pig tails and pig feet – beef ribs, necks, tails – lamb ribs, necks, breast – rabbit (all parts), canned fish (salmon, sardines)
Organ Meat: Beef, lamb, chicken, turkey and pork kidney, liver, heart, tongue etc.
Eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, and canned plain pumpkin.

DO NOT COOK THE BONES, THE BONES WILL SPLINTER and they can get lodged in a dogs throat. Raw bones are pliable, and the calcium content is absolutely integral to a dogs health. Plus, chewing bones keeps the teeth clean.

It is ESSENTIAL that a large breed puppy NOT be overfed. Large breed puppies should be kept on the lean side whilst growing. Excess weight puts incredible pressure on growing joints, ligaments, cartilage and the skeletal structure as a whole.


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Benefits of a Natural, Meaty Diet
Our pets’ bodies were not designed to eat carbohydrate-heavy food; they were made to eat fresh meat and all the bits and bones in between. A natural meat diet provides nutrition the way nature intended; without unnecessary additives, and in its raw, highly digestible form. The benefits associated with feeding a natural, meaty diet are endless. From the teeth to the tip of the tail, nourishing your pet’s body with premium nutrition will support vitality and better health. If you haven’t already introduced your pet to the natural goodness of a fresh meat diet, try it today and notice the difference.

Bone and Joint Health:
A diet containing glucosamine and chondroitin is a great way to help keep your pet’s joints strong and fluid – especially important for older animals and large breeds. Bioavailable calcium in products contributes to bone and tooth health. Look for products that contain ground-up bone, such as Chicken Mince.

Brain Development and Health:
Food that nourishes the brain is especially important for puppies (they are experiencing rapid development), and for older animals. Research shows that diets high in appropriate Omega-3s and Omega-6s nourish the brain and can reduce the prevalence of mental disorders in aging animals such as Alzheimer’s disease. Meats rich in B vitamins, such as veal, are great for neurological development and health.

Condition Building:
Animals that have a rapid growth rate and those with high activity levels need quality nutrition along with extra calories to support their bodies. Some animals also need higher calorie diets to help them build condition (i.e. underweight animals). Instead of feeding the pet version of ‘fast food’, feed a fresh, meaty diet with a higher energy content – this will supply important calories for energy as well as quality protein to support optimal health. Try products with a high calorie content, such as Beef and Mutton Rolls.

Dental Health:
Did you know your pets can clean their own teeth naturally? Offer them a fresh, edible meaty bone every day or two to encourage dental hygiene. Bones are crunchy enough to help scrape plaque off teeth and clean the gums. They are also a great source of entertainment! Chicken Necks are great for dogs under 6kg and Veal Bones are designed for dogs over 6kg.

Dogs have naturally short digestive tracts, meaning they need diets that contain easily-digested nutrients. Food that they were not designed to eat – such as cooked meat and heavy carbohydrates – can slow digestion. A natural, fresh meaty diet has very digestible nutrients that are readily absorbed by pets’ intestines. Natural meat also contains many raw enzymes that aid digestive health, and gastric juices and natural probiotics found in unbleached tripe also benefit stomach and intestinal health.

Immune System Health:
Foods high in Omega Essential Fatty Acids have anti-inflammatory properties to aid the immune system. By supplying premium nutrition, your pet’s body has more resources to utilise. When it obtains what it needs from the diet your pet’s body does not have to work as hard, meaning it can spend its energy strengthening the immune system and overall health.

Jaw and Muscle Strength:
Dog species in the wild get huge use out of their jaws and the muscles around their face, neck and shoulders. This is because they rely on the ability of their teeth and the strength of their jaw muscles to secure prey. Feeding bones and meat that can be chewed encourages the strength of these muscles.

Muscle Growth and Repair:
Protein is an essential building-block of healthy tissue. A natural meaty diet contains a wealth of high-quality proteins to support vitality and premium nutrition that promotes optimal muscle growth and efficient tissue repair.

Skin and Coat:
A natural, meaty diet is high in moisture which is the first step to achieving healthy skin and a luscious coat. Products that contain valuable Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids nourish the skin and coat, and also help the healing process to repair damaged tissue. A diet that does not include unnecessary fillers can also take away that ‘doggy smell’.

Weight Control:
Unfortunately obesity is an increasing problem in our pets, and overweight animals are being viewed as the ‘norm’. Many commercial pet diets are loaded with fillers such as heavy carbohydrates that are not needed by dogs, which can contribute to this problem. By feeding a highly digestible, nutritious diet high in essential moisture instead of unnecessary fillers, pets’ bodies can work more efficiently and maintain a healthy weight.

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