A good rule of thumb when looking at dog foods for your Pit Bull is that three or four of the first six ingredients of dog food should be animal derived. They tend to be tastier and more digestible, which means less stool volume and less gas issues.
The components that vary most from one brand to another (besides preservatives) are protein and fat. Protein provides the necessary building blocks for the growth and maintenance of bones, muscle, coat/hair, and the production of antibodies, which fight infections. The quality is more important then the quantity. Meat-derived protein digests better then plant-derived protein. Most adult Pit Bulls do fine on protein levels of about 20% in dry food.
Fat is calorie-rich and most dogs prefer the taste of higher fat contents. Fat is necessary in aiding transport of important vitamins and providing energy. Pit Bulls who do not consume enough fat often have dry coats. More protein will only be necessary if your Pit Bull is under a lot of physical stress. If they do more then run around with the kids, such as weight pulling or any other sport, they may need more protein to keep the muscles going strong.
If your Pit Bull is obese or skinny, read more here to help diagnose the problem and choose a better diet or food choice for them.
Now choosing the food for your Pit Bull’s lifestyle!
You can find a food for just about any health problems or lifestyle your Pit Bull may have.
- Puppies and pregnant and nursing mothers especially need higher protein and somewhat higher fat levels in their diets, such as the levels found in puppy foods.
- Stressed, highly active, or underweight dogs should be fed food with a high protein level.
- Obese dogs or dogs with heart problems should be fed a low fat food. This may mean they have a less shiny and full coat, but the health is more important here.
- Older dogs, especially those with kidney problems should be fed moderate levels of food with very high-quality protein. High protein diets do not cause kidney failure in old dogs; but a high protein diet will do a lot of harm to a dog who’s already suffering from kidney stress. So decrease the overall level of protein, but increase the quality.