All you need to know about the best diet and food for your Hokkaido
In this guide we will take you through all you need to know about the best food to feed your Hokkaido for the healthiest diet:
|Breed||Feed Amount Per Day||AVG Price Per Day|
20KG - 30KG
|400g - 600g||£1.67 - £2.51|
A dog's 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 and 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.
Whether you choose ProDog Raw's no fuss, no-nonsense, natural raw dog food or raw puppy food, or you decide to create your own DIY raw food recipes at home, you can be sure that the move to a wholesome, species-specific diet will fuel your dog's well-being, regardless of thier breed.
Read on to find out what the benefits of raw dog food are for your Hokkaido.
Read on to find out more of why raw food is the best food for your Hokkaido
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 to the development of several health conditions through scientific studies.
Dog nutrition is important, and, independent from genetic factors and calorie intake, an imbalanced gut microbiome has been linked to:
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. DEFRA-approved and raw green tripe for dogs can promote a healthy microbiome and support their digestion.
The immune system is the body's natural protection mechanism; when functioning effectively will respond to toxins, pathogens and threats to your Hokkaido 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 natural, raw food diet for dogs, potentially supported by dog supplements, will maximise 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. Hokkaidos are known to piling on the pounds, however, so their diet should consist of biologically appropriate proteins, healthy fats, ground bones and vegetables - which are packed with essential vitamins and minerals - 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:
Ensuring the correct ratios of ingredients when creating your own raw feeding recipes is essential. Our frozen raw dog food range features 80:10:10 raw dog food made from meat and ground bone with additional ingredients thrown in, and our complete raw dog food and raw puppy food meals which are both no fuss, no-nonsense, and all you need in one pot. You can also check correct feeding guidelines using our raw dog food calculator.
Weighing a Hokkaido is likely best at the vets due to their size, no vet will object to you visiting for a weigh-in.
If you can lift your Hokkaido, you can use a home weigh-in method, using three simple steps :
Alternatively pop into your vets for a weigh-in.
A species-specific diet is undoubtedly the best Hokkaido 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! 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 to. They're a great indicator of a dog's gut health and the effectiveness of their digestive system, and with less rubbish in, less rubbish out!
With a raw diet, you'll notice a reduction in your dog's flatulence as well as a reduction in the amount of waste excreted. Simply put, when feeding your dog a good quality, raw diet, where the food is of a higher nutritional content, their body absorbs and utilises almost all of it.
Now, on to bad smells from the other end. The two most common causes of bad breath in dogs are poor digestion and gum/teeth decay. Feeding your dog a raw food diet helps with both. As already discussed, digestion is greatly improved through the introduction of a natural species-specific diet. And mouth and dental health are both improved through a reduction in processed sugars and also through the introduction of raw meaty bones, which help to keep their teeth clean. Incorporating raw dog treats into your dog's daily calories could help them maintain their mouth and dental hygiene in a way they really enjoy.
What happens on the inside shows on the outside. When gut health is poor, and a dog's digestion is 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. Our range of natural remedies for dogs could then provide topical support to your dog's skin condition and coat health.
Your Hokkaido will be the envy of the town in no time when switching to raw dog food.
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 human companion. Increased vitality, reduced anxiety, reduced bad behaviour, fewer bad moods, improved mobility, increased agility and a whole heap more doggo smiles and tail wagging.
Switching to a natural good quality raw dog 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 no-nonsense foods, like Complete Raw Dog Food or Pure 80:10:10 Raw Dog Food, there is no disputing dog science; dogs predominantly benefit from eating meat, organ and bone, with a handful of natural ingredients from time to time. Check out our comprehensive guide on what dogs can eat for more information on the foods you can add to your dog's diet for these benefits.
Dietary supplementation will take your dog's nutrition to the next level by making certain additions for specific Hokkaido related conditions, or for your dog's individual needs.
With all breeds, there are certain health conditions more prevalent to that specific breed. It's important to acknowledge here that the right diet, providing all essential vitamins and minerals, will go a very very long way to mitigating against and minimising the severity of breed-related conditions and, indeed, the need for dog supplements.
Where a dog could benefit from extra nutritional support, 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 dog 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. Learn more about the benefits of dog supplemets in our comprehensive guide.
So there you have it! Your complete guide to the best Hokkaido 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.