Quality dog foods should provide the pet with six basic nutrients necessary to
sustain good health. These nutrients include protein, fats, carbohydrates,
vitamins, minerals and water. 100% of all the dog's needs should come from its
dog food with the exception of water, which needs to be supplemented daily. The
new holistic approach to dog nutrition takes an additional step toward optimum
nutrition by including naturally beneficial ingredients.
Proteins, fats and carbohydrates provide energy for the pet. Dogs are
continually expending energy and this energy expenditure increases during
lactation, exercise, and when regulating body temperature. If the dog stays
outdoors or is typically active, he will require more protein, fats and
carbohydrates for energy production than an inside or sedentary dog.
Vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin A, D, and E are also important to a
dog's overall nutrition as they are involved in virtually every bodily function.
Vitamins and minerals are key elements in providing beneficial antioxidants,
protecting cells from free radical damage, enhancing the immune system, and
promoting bone development and strengthening of surrounding ligaments.
Unaware of the importance of these nutrients, many dog owners believe that all
dog foods are about the same and that the difference in cost can be attributed
to expensive packaging or increased marketing costs. But all dog foods are not
Many dog foods are produced as cheaply as possible by using poor quality
meats and high amounts of poorly digested carbohydrates. Sugars, artificial
colourings, artificial flavourings, and chemical preservatives are often added
to these products to improve the taste or appearance of the product. Poor
quality dog food can create a number of unpleasant ailments, including excess
gas, increased bowel movements, diarrhea, itchy, bumpy skin, dull coats, brittle
nails, and vomiting.
One way to assure that the family dog is receiving all of the nutritional
benefits possible is to feed him a holistic or natural diet. The word "natural"
is often interpreted in many different ways. It is a very popular word when
referring to both human and pet nutrition. The word natural is synonymous with
words like healthy and organic. It might mean that the product contains no dyes
or chemicals. In the case of the holistic dog foods, it means that the product
is indeed free of chemicals, artificial colors and chemical preservatives, but
is also made up of a group of carefully selected meats, fruits, vegetables, and
herbs to maximize health.
Ingredients in holistic products like chicken, potatoes, brown rice, tomato
pomace, fish, flax and tuna oil,
blueberries, spinach, kelp, cheese, chicken fat, canola oil, apples, oatmeal,
and sweet potatoes provide the dog with
needed protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, fibre, essential fatty acids, natural
antioxidants, and minerals. They also include naturally beneficial herbs
like Yucca, Parsley, Dandelion, Chicory,
Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Chamomile, Garlic, Capsicum, and
Feeding the family dog a healthy, wholesome, "natural" diet with the selection
of a quality dog food product will help you to maintain the dog's overall good
health and may reduce the risk of many diseases, creating an outer glow that
comes from inner good health.
The condition of
your dog will depend on how well you care and look after your Alaskan Malamute
or for that matter any dog. You dog will love the extra attention it is
receiving when being fed, bathed, exercised and groomed.
For the South
African weather conditions it is advised to cater for a 'dog pool' on your
premises. When conditions gets to hot for their dense coat they will either lie
or stand in the cold water to cool off. a Malamute reduces their body
temperature by standing in the water. Even when it rains or hails or snows, they
will unlike other dogs play and lie in the wet conditions. They are their
element when it hails, it will be the closest they will get to their natural
habitat and provides them with the opportunity to eat and enjoy the hailstones
or even the snow.
When selecting your dog's diet, three
stages of development must be considered: the Puppy stage, the Adult stage and
the Senior stagE.
choices of food for your Alaskan Malamute varies between Montego Classic, Royal
Canin, Eukanuba, Breeders Choice and Hills. The condition of your dog should be
the prime focus and not the cost of the food you are buying. There is truth in
the saying, 'You are what you eat.'
Royal Canin, Eukanuba,
and Hills available from your Vet with Breeders Choice available from
leading Pet Shops.
The food of your choice must provide a 100%
complete and balance nutritional formula that will bring the best out of your
dog. It should provide proper muscle growth, strong teeth and bones, healthy
skin and coat, easily digestible and will result in less clean-up. Because your
Alaskan Malamute's food has a bearing on his coat, heath and temperament, it is
essential that the most suitable diet is selected for your dog at the various
stages of his life cycle. Follow the feeding instructions on the pack,
don't over feed your dog and obey to the feeding guidelines as indicated on each
By the time you receive your puppy at the
age of 8 to 10 weeks, your breeder would already have started to introduce small
portions of suitable solid dry food. Selection of the most suitable, good
quality diet at the puppy stage is essential, for a puppy's fastest
growth rate is during the first year of his life. Only when a young dog has
reached the age of 18 months, should an adult diet be fed.
An Alaskan Malamute is fully matured around
12 months of age, though it often takes a further 12 to 18 months to reach its
peak as a performance animal. a Dog is considered to be in the adult stage
when it stopped growing in height and/or length. Do not consider the dogs weight
when the decision is made to switch from the puppy stage to a maintenance/adult
Senior stage - as dogs gets older,
their metabolism changes. The older dog usually exercise less, moves more slowly
and sleeps more. The change in lifestyle requires a change in diet. These
changes takes place slowly and might not be recognisable. What is easy
recognisable is weight gain. By continually feeding your dog an adult
maintenance diet when it is slowing down metabolically, results in your dog to
gain weight. Aging dogs are best handled with a change in diet and change in
feeding schedule by giving smaller portions that are easily digested.
At all times consult with your veterinary
surgeon regarding your dogs diet.
The following will help you raise your new family addition.
The Alaskan Malamute is a “Natural Breed” and it is not man made
breed such as the Rottweiler, Doberman, Labs and others. Therefore, the care of
this breed is Natural, simple, and inexpensive.
It is important to remember that the Alaskan Malamute was bred by Mahlemut
Eskimo Tribes of Alaska and thrived on diet of wild game and fresh fish rich in
unprocessed vitamin C and iodine. Man
brought them here and now feeds them grain dog food with artificial vitamins,
and then people wonder why they have skin problems and thyroid deficiency.
To better balance their dietary needs with their historic development, I
strongly recommend the following food additives for their entire life.