The happiest dog alive is one who gets plenty of love, good food and enough time to run around, and we all know that the three are essential for a Husky, a breed that requires special care.
Let’s see what is the best food for huskies, which need a protein-rich diet and many nutrients to stay in shape and be healthy.
Nutrition and Diet for Siberian Huskies
A female Husky will weigh about 35 pounds, whereas a male can reach 60 pounds. The National Research Council of the National Academies deems that the average weight for a Siberian Husky is about 50 pounds. They need an active lifestyle and about 1300-1400 calories per day. However, this number will vary with the dog’s age, metabolism, level of activity and weight. For example, if your Husky is spayed or neutered, they will need fewer calories.
Even though Siberian Huskies seem big, they eat less than the breeds that are the same size. Thankfully, they will only eat when hungry and will even skip a meal if they do not need it. This is why you must consider a high-protein dog food filled with all the nutrients they need to be healthy.
Check out more advice at FurryTips.com, where you can learn all you need to know to keep your Husky happy and healthy for a long time! Now let us see what high-protein foods we can feed to our Huskies.
Siberian Huskies Guide: High Protein Foods
Choose a dog food that contains the right amounts of proteins and fats for a balanced diet.
The first ingredient on a premium food should be meat protein from whole meat like chicken, beef, fish or lamb. There is also the plant protein found in peas and lentils, but you should always get the food with more meat protein than plant-based protein.
A Siberian puppy will need 40% protein and an adult needs no less than 30% and up to 40% protein (protein should be mostly from fowl and fish and less from red meat), depending on the level of activity.
Next to protein, dog food should also contain fat – chicken fat, flaxseed, and canola oil are healthy fats.
A good quality food must also include Omega 3 to keep the skin and coat of a Siberian Husky healthy and shiny. One of the Omega 3 is DHA which helps develop the brain and eyes in puppies.
A Siberian Husky also needs to have their blood sugar steady, so they need low-glycemic carbs like the ones from sweet potatoes.
Finally, a Siberian Husky is in general, a healthy breed if regularly exercised and adequately fed. However, if you see or think your Husky is not feeling well, check with a vet. A Husky might have one of the following common conditions such as hip dysplasia, zinc deficiency or even thyroid complications, and each issue requires a different diet recommended by the vet.
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