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What to Feed A Pointer

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The Pointer is a dog that has special nutritional requirements that have to be met to provide for the needs of its unique coat, body size, and temperament. These requirements have been passed from generation to generation. As it is not possible to change the genetic makeup of the Pointer by changing the diet for a small amount of time, it is important that you feed your Pointer with food that the breed requires.

The food that you feed the Pointer should have nutrient sources which are similar to those found in the native environment of its ancestor. In other words, the food should not be foreign to the digestive and glandular system of the Pointer, and should be easy for them to assimilate. Its food should have a right balance of fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and minerals that have been passed on by ancestors, and meet the requirements of the Pointer.

So now you realize the need of feeding the Pointer the food that is available in its native area, you have to know what kind of food is available in its native area. The foodstuffs available in the area of Spain, where the Pointer has its origin mainly consist of goat, pork, fish, poultry like woodcock and chukker, citrus fruits, and brown rice. This was the food the Pointer was used to, and the food that should be fed to Pointers.

However, during the temporary stay of the Pointer in England of about 200 years, you find that the Pointer was exposed to more cattle and potato types of vegetables. Though the Pointer was exposed to this new diet while in England, it did not in any way change the long term dietary requirements of the Pointer. This is proven by the fact that the Pointer does better on a diet of brown rice than on English potatoes.

So when feeding the Pointer, you could basically use a blend of poultry, avocado, fish, and brown rice. And in the process, avoid feeding any beet pulp, beef, horse meat or its by-products, and soy to the Pointer.

It is important to feed your Pointer with the right food to save yourself lots of money. With the wrong food, dogs end up with nutritionally related problems like hot spots, yeast infections in the ear, and kidney problems. You find huge vet bills with these problems; so to save on these expenses, it is better you know the nutritional needs of the Pointer and feed it accordingly. With the right food, the dog is healthier, and you save money.

The best diet for a Pointer would be food that is fresh, with quality ingredients and without any preservatives. All you need is about an hour or two to cook food for a Pointer while keeping all its nutritional requirements in mind. Moreover, home cooked food for your Pointer proves to be much less expensive than the average all breeds commercial pet food which may contain harmful elements.

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