Dalmatian Food Guide
All You Need to Know About the Best Diet for Your Dalmatian
The Dalmatian is probably one of the best-known breeds of dog, mainly due to the distinctive white coat and black spotted markings. It’s unknown where this breed came from and exactly when. Recordings about this breed go back several 100’s of years. They are known to have travelled with the nomadic bands of Romanies, obtaining their name from Dalmatia, a province on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea (now known as Croatia).
Dalmatians are super high energy dogs. They were employed in many different jobs over the centuries. In England Dalmatians were trained as a ‘coaching dog’. They were used to run ahead of coach horses to clear the path or to run alongside the coach. He guarded the horses and coach when they were at rest. As a result, this breed thrives on a lot of exercise; they are the perfect dog for active families. Fun, exuberant, playful, loving and natural guardians are all qualities that make these dogs such a popular choice for a family dog.
In this guide we’ll take you through all you need to know about the best Dalmatian food:
- Why raw food is best
- Gut health
- Overall well-being
Why Raw Food is the Best Diet for My Dalmatian
When deciding on what is the best Dalmatian food, it’s important to consider the canine anatomy and digestive system. Dogs’ digestive tracts have not significantly evolved from when they were undomesticated wolves, and are best suited to fresh, high-protein prey-based diets. We call this ‘species-appropriate nutrition’ and is what a natural, raw diet seeks to replicate.
A dogs stomach is not anatomically designed to digest and ferment carbohydrates (the main ingredient in kibble). Even grain-free kibble often contains high levels of starchy carbs, including legumes, peas & lentils. Feeding this to a dog puts their system under pressure, creating metabolically stressful insulin, glucagon and cortisol spikes throughout the day as well as causing inflammation and putting strain on vital organs, leading, in some cases, to a host of serious health conditions.
There’s no doubt the canine species is resilient, and despite eating a diet which isn’t providing the natural components they may need, they will adapt and survive for some time. Still, there’s a world of difference between surviving and thriving.
Dalmatians differ to other breeds when it comes to feeding, in that they have a genetic disposition that alters how they metabolize and pass purines. Purine is a chemical compound found in some foods. In humans too much Purine can lead to Gout; Dalmatians develop urinary stones and kidney problems.
This breed requires Dalmatians need a diet rich in high-quality, human-grade protein sources but low in purine content. It’s a common myth that this breed needs a low-protein diet; this simply isn’t true. The confusion seems to arise from people confusing the fact that high Purine is found in a number of different protein sources. The key is to source the low-purine proteins.
Check out our traffic light guide below to help you in selecting Dalmatian friendly foods:
Green – Purine-free
- Most vegetables (see exceptions below in red section)
- Fruits (avoid acidic citrus)
- Nuts (including peanut butter)
- Goat’s Cheese
- Goat’s Milk (The composition of which helps the kidneys in balancing the body’s fluid and acid levels)
Yellow- moderate/low Purine, acceptable in diets for Dalmatians. Most and if possible, ALL protein sources should come from this list.
- Most poultry, including chicken and turkey
- Fish and shellfish (see exceptions in red list)
- Lamb, pork, and beef
- Oats and oatmeal
Red – High Purine, foods on this list are to be avoided, they contain the highest levels of purines:
- Organ meats (Offal) – kidneys, livers, brains, hearts etc
- Game meats such as venison and goose
- High-purine seafoods – sardines, mackerel, mussels, and scallops
- High-purine vegetables – cauliflower, spinach, peas, mushrooms, and legumes (kidney beans, navy & lima beans, lentils)
- Yeast (including brewer’s yeast)
Whether you choose ProDog Raw’s no fuss, no-nonsense raw food or you decide to create your own DIY raw food recipes at home, you can be sure the move to a natural species-specific diet will fuel well-being for your dog regardless of breed.
If you do choose to buy from our Complete food ranges for your Dalmation, avoid all options with offal. These are high in Purine due to the Offal content. The rest of our recipes get the green light, so go ahead and fill up the bowls.
Read on to find out more of why raw food is the best food for your dog.
It’s no secret these days that gut health is at the centre of overall health for humans and our four-legged friends; your Dalmatian companion is no exception. An unhealthy gut leads to poor nutrient absorption and imbalanced immune response, in turn leading to systemic inflammation in the body, and a whole host of health conditions.
The gut houses an ecosystem of bacteria called the microbiome (often known as gut flora). The balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria that makes up the microbiome has now been linked, through scientific studies, to the development of several health conditions; all independent from genetic factors and calorie intake, including :
Diabetes, obesity, anxiety, food allergies and inflammatory-related conditions such as arthritis, skin complaints, asthma, allergies, digestive disorders, food intolerances and more
Most health issues can be traced back to the gut, so attention to gut health is super vital. Evidence shows that feeding a raw diet to dogs, when compared to a processed food diet, can significantly enhance the balance of microbiome by sustaining beneficial bacteria.
Processed dog food loaded with additives, synthetics, and chemicals can upset the balance of microbiome by fuelling the harmful bacteria. This type of imbalance can contribute to ‘Leaky Gut’, a condition where the intestine lining becomes permeated. There is a delicate intestinal mucosa lining protecting the gut, which allows digested nutrients to pass through the system into the bloodstream. This mucous lining provides an effective barrier against toxins passing through and entering the dog’s system. When this lining becomes compromised, food particles and toxins ‘leak’ through and trigger an immune response, prompting systemic inflammation, all of which makes your dog more prone to illness.
The immune system is the body’s natural protection mechanism; when functioning effectively will respond to toxins, pathogens and threats to your Dalmatian’s health and happiness found in everyday life.
A vast proportion of the immune system is located in the gut, and therefore the gut environment is crucial to effective immune response. With all breeds, a raw natural diet will maximize their natural immune defence by nourishing the gut environment and providing necessary immune-boosting micro-nutrients; in turn, ensuring their immune system is in peak condition to fight off all those nasties.
Maintaining appropriate healthy weight is essential for your dog no matter what breed. Dalmatians aren’t prone known to piling on the pounds, especially when they are getting optimum amounts of exercise. However a diet that consists of biologically appropriate protein and healthy fats, ground bone and vegetables packed with the required vitamins and minerals is still essential for optimum health and performance.
As with any change in diet, you should pay specific attention to your dog’s weight and physical appearance as they adapt to their diet. How much you feed your dog every day depends on several factors, including:
- Your dogs metabolism
- The quality of food you are feeding
- How much exercise your dog gets
- How much they weigh
- The age and breed of your dog
- If you want your dog to (Gain, Maintain or Lose) weight
Ensuring the correct ratio’s of ingredients when creating your own raw feeding recipes is essential. If you choose to buy our Pure meat and ground bone range and throw in additional ingredients, or our Complete range, no fuss, no-nonsense, all you need in one pot, you can check correct feeding guidelines using our raw food calculator.
Weighing a Dalmatian is likely best at the vets due to their size, no vet will object to you visiting for a weigh-in. If you are super strong and can lift your furry friend, you can use a home weigh-in method, using three simple steps :
- Step on to the scales and weigh yourself
- Pick up your dog and step back on the scales.
- Subtract your weight alone from the combined weight of you and pooch, then you’ll have your dogs weight.
A species-specific diet is undoubtedly the best Dalmatian food, fuel for overall health and happiness. You’ll notice remarkably quickly that your four-legged friend will look, feel and even smell better.
Yes we said SMELL! And when we say smell better, we’re talking about the odour your dog emits from both ends.
Firstly let’s talk about toilet habits. Your dog’s toilet habits and flatulence levels are something to pay close attention too; they’re a great indicator of gut health, and the effectiveness of their digestive system. A raw diet is much easier to ingest and digest, being precisely what the dog’s gut is designed to process. Therefore Less rubbish in, less rubbish out!
You’ll notice a reduction in flatulence and a reduction in the amount of waste excreted. Simply put, when feeding a good quality raw diet, the food is of a higher nutritional content, so their body absorbs and utilizes almost all of it.
Now on to bad smell from the other end. The two most common causes of bad breath in dogs are poor digestion and gum/ teeth decay. Feeding a raw food diet helps with both. As already discussed digestion is greatly improved through the introduction of a natural species-specific diet. Mouth and dental health is improved through a reduction in processed sugars and through the introduction of raw meaty bones, which help to keep teeth clean.
What happens on the inside shows on the outside. When gut health is poor, digestion ineffective, when stress and strain is placed on organs and systems of the body, there’s always an impact on your dog’s outward appearance.
Raw feeding is proven to improve skin condition, and coat health, reduced irritation, itchy flaky skin, hair loss and an increased shine of fur are beautiful side-effects of a raw natural diet.
Your Dalmatian will be the envy of the town in no time when switching to raw.
Our mission at ProDog Raw is to help as many dogs as possible thrive. The signs of a dog thriving will be plain to see by you as their hooman companion. Increased vitality, reduced anxiety, reduced bad behaviour, less bad moods, improved mobility, increased agility and a whole heap more doggo smiles and tail wagging.
Switching to a natural good quality raw food diet will be the single best thing you can do for your dog’s well-being. Whether you DIY recipes at home, or choose one of ProDog’s Pure or Complete no-nonsense foods, there is no disputing dog science; dogs’ are designed to predominantly eat meat, organ and bone, with a little vegetation from time to time.
So Why Use Supplements?
Dietary supplementation will take your dog’s nutrition to the next level. By making certain additions for specific Dalmatian related conditions, or for your dog’s individual needs, supplements will act as a complement to food. Added support which will bolster, fuel and nourish your faithful friend and fine-tune their nutritional intake.
Dalmatians are a generally healthy breed; they can be prone to the following:
Iris Sphincter Dysplasia
With all breeds, although there are certain health conditions more prevalent to that specific breed it doesn’t mean your dog will get all, or any. It’s also important to acknowledge that the right diet, providing all essential vitamins and minerals, will go a very very long way to mitigating against and minimizing the severity of some breed-related conditions.
The key is to select natural, whole food supplements that have no chemicals, synthetics or non-species appropriate ingredients.
ProDog offers a range of natural nutritional supplements that are the perfect way to bridge that gap! A convenient, simple way to enhance the nutrient density of their food, giving you peace of mind that all health and happiness bases are covered.
For your Dalmatian, we suggest incorporating one or more of the following:
Protect boosts gut health, which in turn strengthens immune function, prevents/minimizes the impact of allergies, improves skin condition and supports overall health.
Flexx maintains joint structure/ function, promote mobility/flexibility and helps to prevent and ease stiff joints.
Revive aids recovery for highly active dogs, replenishes energy through boosting essential vitamins and minerals.
So there you have it! Your complete guide to the best Dalmatian food. If you have questions about making the transition to raw feeding check out our ditch the dry knowledge centre, join the gang on Facebook at The Canine Collective, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do all we can to help give you the answers you need to make a move to raw feeding.