Compared to a number of breeds, the American Eskimo is highly active, meaning there needs to be a certain number of calories in their diet in order for them to stay healthy. While many dog owners feed their pets a simple dog food formula, it should be noted that feeding requirements also hinge on body size, coat, and age. There can be no dog food that is a one size fits all solution for so many breeds. To keep an Eskie healthy, it is necessary to look at a few things when it comes to determining feeding requirements and treats.
Those who feed a pet with the correct balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fatty acids can look forward to the benefits of a robust pet and low vet bills. The correct blend of vitamins and minerals is also essential to pet health. An imbalance in any one of these elements can lead to skin problems, ear infections, and even problems with internal organs in worst case scenarios. Treats that mimic foods found in the breed's natural geographical origin and are easily digested are often a best bet. A dog's system is specially acclimated to digest foods that would naturally be found in its area of origin. A high calorie diet gives plenty of fuel for this active breed but a correct blend of vitamins and minerals is also required to support the heavy coat. As dogs begin to age and become less active, their calorie intake should also go down. Overfeeding inevitably leads to weight gain causing undue stress on knee joints and hips. It can also cause pancreatitis. Small pups need a healthy specialized diet that will support their rapid bone and brain development. Going to any one of the American Eskimo enthusiast websites can help Eskie owners determine just what requirements their dog needs at any stage of life.
As is common with many breeds of dog, owners like to give their pet a special treat of table scraps. While this seems to be a simple way to show a pet attention, it can also be a lethal mistake that ends in tragedy. A small, once in a while treat may not harm most dogs; however, with consistent table scrap feedings, smaller breeds have been known to build up a toxicity over time that ends up harming internal organs such as the liver and kidneys. Poor nutrition is often the heart of many health conditions for the Eskie and most dog breeds in general. A dog's system is meant for a certain type of diet that will support their various unique systems. Owners who choose to ignore this fact can cause their Eskie undue pain and suffering.