Dogs who have been bred to look a certain way nearly almost always have some kinds of health problems associated with the breed.
Brachycephalic dogs (shorter-nosed and flat-faced) breeds like Frenchies and Pugs etc tend to have breathing problems.
Dogs who have been bred to have a Blue coloured coat like Staffies and Bully Breeds tend to have more sensitivity to allergies.
Dalmatians who have been bred to have their special black and white spotted coats have problems with Urinary Stones. They metabolise purine in a unique way ending up with excess uric acid. This in turn leads to urate stones. Worse, if treated with allopurinol to block enzyme-producing urates, dogs can end up with xanthine stones instead of urate stones.
This means that they must not eat high purine foods like Organ Meat, Red Meats like Venison, Beef or Lamb, Oily Fish including Sardines and Mackerel etc. There are a number of vegetables that need to be avoided too like Asparagus, Spinach and Cauliflower.
Conventional raw feeding guides all stress about the importance of organ meat. For a normal dog this should take up 10% of their diet. But due to these being high in purine we need to get the Dalmatians vitamins and minerals from other sources. Including Green Tripe which is a nutritional power house food for dogs, some nuts, Flaxseed Oil and other supplements like Keepers Mix.
If you were looking at creating your own raw diet for your Dalmatian. We advise to feed Raw Chicken or Turkey with 10% Bone and Green Tripe, which will make up 75-80% of their diet.
You can feed wings, legs and carcasses etc too which are all fantastic. But you just need to remember that these are all approximately 40% bone. So the diet will need diluting with some boneless meat like breast etc to ensure the diet is fully balanced.
The other part of their diet, approx 25-20%, needs to be made up with fruits and vegetables which are also low in purine. Try to mix these about as much as possible to give as much variety as possible. Include Broccoli, Carrot, Melon, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberries and even Kiwi Fruit.
Flaxseed Oil is a very important addition to their diet as this is where they will get their Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3) from. We stock a fantastic Flaxseed Oil called Proflax.
Flaxseed Oil has also been proved to reduce the uric acid levels in the body. One study titled: “Impact of dietary flaxseed (linum usitatissimum) supplementation on biochemical profile in healthy rats” compared flaxseed supplement to taking no supplementation, to see if uric acid levels would lower in rats. After 180 days, uric acid levels decreased by a whopping 34% in the rat group consuming the flaxseed supplement!!
We also advise to feed Keeprs Mix. This is a supplement which we give to our dogs daily. Its hugely beneficial to help give Dallys all the nutrients they need in their diet and all the ingredients are low purine. Ingredients: Finely powdered Kelp seaweed, Celery seeds, Lucerne (Alfalfa), Nettles, Rosemary, Psyllium husks, Clivers and Wild yam.
However if your looking for a easier pre made food we stock special Dalmatian Raw which has already been formulated to be complete. Nutriment Low Purine and Phosphorus.
It a fully complete and balanced formula which is specifically designed for breeds like Dalmatians and other dogs who suffer with Pancreatitis, Liver and Kidney issues.
The ingredients are: British Beef Green Tripe, British Chicken with Bone, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Butternut Squash, Fresh Broccoli, Fresh Green Curly Kale, Scottish Cold Water Salmon Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Raw Sea Kelp Powder (Laminaria japonica), Bilberry Powder (Vaccinium Mytilus), Spirulina Powder (Spirulina platensis), Whole Milled Sesame Seeds, Wheat Germ Oil (natural vitamin E).
We have many Dally customers who buy this from us. They come in tubs of 500g for £2.85 or 1.4kg chubbs which work out much cheaper at £5.50. If you would like to buy this for your dog please send us a message and we will order this in especially for you like we do the others.
If you have any questions regarding your dogs diet or would like to discuss all the options we can do for your dogs specific diety requirements get in touch or pop down to the shop for a chat and we will be happy to help.