The Ultimate Guide to What BICHON FRISE can Eat and cannot Eat.
Introduction to Feeding Bichons
The Bichon Frise is a member of the non-sporting group of dog breeds and a member of the toy dog group. With his black eyes and fluffy white coat, the bichon looks almost like a child’s toy. The life span is about 12-15 years. The Bichon Frise was born to entertain. That is why it is called such a great family pet. It forms strong bonds with family and highly affectionate. Bichon Frise also tends to get along well with children and other dogs.
Nutrition Requirements For Bichons
Although Bichon Frises are small dogs, they are powerhouses. They burn more calories than larger dogs. So they need a good balanced healthy diet. Also, the diet should be dry, a dry diet is better for dog’s oral health.
Protein is the most important nutrient for any dog. High-quality animal protein is the first main ingredient in your Bichon Frise dog food. (Animal protein are complete proteins, they contain all essential amino acids your dog needs.) Meat and meat meals are good protein sources. Such as chicken, beef, fish, lamb white meat meal are a concentrated form of meat in which the moisture is removed.
Fat is also an important ingredient in Bichon Frise food. It provides a concentrated source of energy as well as essential fatty acids for healthy skin and coat. Chicken fat and fish oil are good sources of fat. Fish oil can provide omega 3 fatty acids; it helps to keep skin and coat healthy.
Bichon Frise doesn’t have specific needs for carbohydrates. But carbohydrates can provide energy, fiber, and essential nutrients. We should give highly digestible carbohydrates to Bichon Frise, such as sweet potato, pumpkin, barley, brown rice.
Green vegetables are generally not very well accepted by dogs because they would need to eat large amounts to obtain a significant contribution to their nutrient intake.
We should consider vitamin content in the food. Mainly we should consider biotin content. Animals cannot synthesize the biotin. It required for the many biochemical processes. Food is the only way for intake biotin to the body. If there is insufficient biotin for Bichon Frise, typical clinical symptoms of biotin deficiency can develop within a short time.
Biotin Deficiency Symptoms
- The hair becomes dry, loses shine, become brittle, and finally falls out.
- Skin becomes scaly.
- Skin and hair start fading.
- Finally dermatitis develops.
Puppy / Bichon Frise
The puppy is eating and sleeping for the first two weeks. Their energy needs are catered by their mother. Clearly, during this period, they have no need for any external source of food. Puppies have a high growth rate. Because of this puppies require adequate milk from their mother. When puppies begin to explore their surroundings, a high-quality puppy food can be introduced. This food can be mixed with the milk substitute, to begin with, and then offered separately. After 8 weeks of age, they are ready to leave their mother. At this stage, it is better to feed them 4 small meals a day.
Bichon Frise puppies are usually beginning to eat food after weaning. As a puppy, your Bichon Frise requires a minimum of 22% crude protein and 8% of crude fat. Puppy’s food should have a calcium to phosphorous ratio, about 1.2 parts calcium to 1 part of phosphorus, (It may vary). Ca and P important for bone growth.
Adult / Bichon Frise.
Once your Bichon Frise reaches 12 months of age, you should switch him to a small breed adult dog diet. They need a minimum of 18% protein and 5% fat. Most adult Bichon Frise dogs need between 30 and 40 calories per pound of body weight.
Senior / Bichon Frise.
When your Bichon Frise reaches 7 or 8 years of age, he starts to become a senior and his metabolism may begin to slow down. The energy expenditure of the elderly is reduced for main two reasons.
*Decreasing of activity level
*Decreasing of lean body mass and a subsequent decline of their basal metabolic rate.
Older pets should be fed to a lower energy requirement than younger adults in order to reduce the risk of obesity. This does not mean that senior food should be less energy-dense. This is because senior animals may have a poor appetite and therefore tend to eat less food. Many Times Older Dogs have had Teeth Removed, which makes it harder to eat hard foods. Tolerance of food is not generally reduced in elderly dogs and their requirements for essential fatty acids appear to be the same as their younger counterpart. Intake of certain minerals such as sodium, phosphorus should be reduced because they are commonly associated with diseases of an old dog. Such as heart problems and renal failure. To prevent from getting obesity, reduce the amount of food that you feed to your dog.
*Some Bichon Frise can have gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea due to a sensitive digestive system. If this is the case with your dog, you may need to feed a special food for sensitive digestion.
*Bichon Frises are highly prone to dental problems. The risk-reducing factor is feeding with the best quality dry dog food. Dry foods help to keep the gum healthy.
*If your Bichon Frise has a food allergy or food sensitivity, you have to identify the food immediately.
*Bichon Frise needs a high amount of water to prevent the development of bladder stones.
*Foods to avoid
Chocolate, Bread, Raw eggs, Avocado, Caffeine, Grapes and raisins, Garlic, Onions, Tomatoes.
If you have time to spend, I suggest you to make your dog’s food on your own, including premium animal proteins, healthy animal fats and digestible carbohydrates (Brown rice, sweet potato, pumpkin). If you can give dehydrated or freeze –dried dog food that is most important. If you cannot do either of these things choose a high quality dry commercial available food that contains the all standards.
Suggestions For Bichon Frise Puppy
*Wellness core grain free small breed puppy deboned turkey recipe.
*Blue buffalo wilderness grain free puppy chicken recipe dry food.
*Holistic select small and mini breed puppy anchovy, sardine, and chicken meals recipe.
Suggestions For Bichon Frise Adult.
*Castor and pollux organix grain free small breed recipe dry food.
*Nulo free style grain free small breed salmon and lentils recipe.
*Halo holistic wild salmon and whitefish grain free healthy weight small breed recipe.
Suggestions For Bichon Frise Senior.
*Now fresh grain free small breed senior weight management recipe.
*Wellness complete health small breed senior deboned turkey and peas recipe.
When we First began Breeding Bichons we were plagued with Hot Spots. After many trips to the Vet, Many sedatives, and Elizabethian collars. We began doing our own research.
We switched to better foods. We Initally switched to Science Diet Lamb and Rice Formula. Switching to Higher quality Dog Foods and Our Careful Breeding has completely eliminated the Hot Spot Problem we had.
We Bred Bichons for 30 Years and this problem did not return, but we were breeding bichons with better Nutrition. We over the years expanded our foods, but we always examine ingredients looking for BYPRODUCTs.
*NUTRION OF THE DOG AND CAT
Editor- R.S. ANDERSON
*THE WALTHAM BOOK OF COMPA Ultimate Guide to What BICHON FRISE can Eat and cannot Eat. NION ANIMAL NUTRITION.
Bichon Frise Resource Links
|Bichon Frise Club of America
|Bichon Frise AKC
|Bichon Frise United Kennel Club
Edited by I. Burger