The Miniature Pinscher is a small doggie, but only its compact size unites it with its decorative relatives. This is a pet with strong nerves, strong character, and irrepressible energy. All this must be taken into account when choosing a suitable diet for your little pet. How to feed a Miniature Pinscher so that it remains in good physical shape and remains active and positive?
Features of Feeding the Miniature Pinscher
While all dogs are individual, there are a number of common aspects of feeding a particular breed. It is important not only to choose the right food but also to adhere to the regime. The basic nutritional principle of the Miniature Pinscher is stability:
- Having chosen one or another type of feeding, the owner should stop at it – a mixed diet is not suitable for Miniature Pinschers, and frequent transitions from industrial feed to natural food and vice versa can negatively affect the pet’s health.
- It is important to adhere to the regime – it is desirable that the pet receives food at approximately the same time; this is not only useful for the work of the dog’s gastrointestinal tract, but also will help to quickly accustom the dog to the street – he will pee on time, and you can forget about puddles and heaps.
- Taking a puppy to a new home, it is preferable to feed him in the first 10-14 days with the same food that he received in the previous family – this will speed up the adaptation process, and the baby will quickly get used to new conditions.
- Walking the pet should be done at least half an hour after feeding – it is undesirable for the pet to be active with a full stomach, this can lead to volvulus.
- Regardless of the type of feeding, all food left behind should be removed – the bowl should remain empty between meals.
- Water – the dog should have 24/7 access to water, in the morning it should be changed to freshwater.
Miniature Pinschers are not too picky about food, but the wrong approach of the owner can change this situation. When a dog has a bowl of food around the clock, every now and then scraps from the table or other “goodies” fall into it, the dog becomes more selective and, accordingly, capricious.
Normally, food intake should take place on schedule, last no more than 15 minutes, and after the meal, the leftovers should be removed – then the dog will be interested in food.
Which Type of Feeding is Best for Miniature Pinschers?
The owners of this active baby have a choice – everything is suitable for Pinschers, except for a mixed type of food.
The easiest option for the owner, which does not require cooking and independent preparation of the menu – the manufacturers have already included in it everything you need and in the right proportions. However, this only applies to premium or super-premium products that are made from high-quality healthy raw materials. One more point – dry granules already contain vitamins and minerals, so the pet will not need additional feeding.
You should not feed your dog with low-quality foods that are sold in regular supermarkets or grocery markets. Usually, the main ingredients of such “drying” are not meat components, but cereals, which dogs can eat, but in small quantities. In the first place in the composition should be meat, fish, offal – the Pinscher, although small, is still a dog, in fact, a predator.
It is recommended to purchase food at a pet store or veterinary pharmacy. The packaging must be tightly sealed, the terms of manufacture and storage are indicated on the label and strictly observed. You should not buy pellets by weight – there is a risk of getting a low-quality, spoiled or expired product.
When choosing a suitable brand of food, you should focus on the size, type of coat, and age of the pet. Do not feed an adult dog with puppy pellets and vice versa. If your pet has health problems, you should consult with your veterinarian. He may recommend giving your dog a medicated diet or holistic class food.
If the owner does not want to risk choosing a “drying”, because sometimes it will be necessary to sort out several options, then you can ask the breeder what kind of diet he feeds his wards with and choose it.
Wet and Canned Food
The manufacturer offers a wide variety of products, and in the premium and super-premium segments, they meet the high requirements of veterinarians and experienced breeders. But if you feed your pet only canned food, then in the case of a Miniature Pinscher, the food will turn out to be quite expensive – such rations are less concentrated, and the dog will need quite a lot of product per meal.
Such food can be fed to your pet periodically, as a treat, or as a reward. It is also useful to feed wet food during the pet’s recovery period – after surgery or illness. Experts recommend choosing canned food of the same brand as the main dry food.
“Natural” has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage can be attributed to the ability to compose a varied menu for your four-legged friend, in some cases to save money, treat him with useful delicacies – crackers, pieces of vegetables, fruits, nuts. In addition, if you include only healthy foods in the diet, then the food will be well absorbed.
But there are also certain disadvantages, which include the following:
- it is quite difficult to independently compose a balanced diet in order for the pet to receive all the important components in the right amount;
- you will have to cook food daily, which requires a significant investment of time and effort;
- the dog will have to give additional feeding and vitamin and mineral complexes;
- It is more difficult to determine the size of the portion than in the case of ready-made food – it is important that the dog does not starve or overeat.
When choosing the appropriate type of feeding, the owner should pay attention to the preferences of the pet – often by its behavior and well-being, one can understand that food is beneficial.
Foods Suitable for Feeding a Miniature Pinscher
An owner who chooses a natural feeding option should know what foods his dog can consume. This list includes the following:
- Meat – it is given raw (1/3 of the total) and boiled (2/3). If the dog refuses a raw product, then you can first scald the pieces with boiling water. Lean beef and veal are most suitable, but it is better to refuse pork.
- Cereals (buckwheat, rice, oatmeal) – the dish should be given to the puppies well-boiled, but for an adult dog, you can cook the porridge less or even fill it with broth and insist until it swells, since more nutrients will remain in the product.
- Fish – it is desirable that it be sea, low-fat fish, slightly boiled and deboned, it is given 2-3 times a week, replacing one meat portion.
- Vegetables – boiled carrots, beets, cabbage, zucchini, pumpkin, must be present in the menu of a four-legged friend. They are cut into cubes or grated. To make the food better absorbed, it is seasoned with a little cream or butter. It is also helpful to treat your pet with slices of raw vegetables.
- Croutons – preference should be given to rye, they are better absorbed, and their gnawing is an excellent prevention of plaque and calculus.
- Eggs – they are included in the menu, but not more than 2 chicken or 4 quails a week. At the same time, they are pre-boiled, and if the pet refuses to eat, you can grind the eggs and add them to the main dish.
- Fruits and dried fruits are an excellent delicacy for a Miniature Pinscher. Few doggies will refuse a piece of prunes, dried apricots, raisins, a slice of pear, kiwi, melon, watermelon, or 2-3 currant berries, or 1 strawberry.
The owner should not think that the dog needs a varied diet. In fact, the balance of the ingredients and their usefulness is more important. The fact that the dog eats right will be indicated by his shiny coat, activity, and cheerful disposition.