Siberian Husky Diet & Meal Plan Advice
By Hungry Bark | October 9, 2021
Siberian Husky Diet Plan
The mischievous thick-coated Siberian Husky is a breed of medium size, incredible endurance, friendly and social, developed to work and live in packs.
Known for a powerful athletic gait, these dogs can top out at 60 pounds, 21-23 inches in height at the shoulders, and have a lifespan of approximately 12-14 years. As a friendly breed, the Husky makes a perfect family dog, even with small children, but their friendly nature makes them indifferent as a watchdog.
As working dogs, Huskies are bred to pull light sleighs through the snow. Siberian Huskies have excellent endurance, plenty of playful energy, and enjoy chasing small animals and objects around.
As the pet parent, the primary responsibility is to provide a safe environment for your Husky to age and mature.
Getting daily vigorous exercise, providing the proper diet and nutrition, and routine visits to the veterinarian are part of looking after the overall wellness of your Husky. They are a process defined as a holistic approach. The definition of holistic living is to understand how each aspect of health, from the foods eaten, exercise, and checkups, are part of a larger whole in defining health.
Even though it may appear to be harmless and adorable when your Husky begs for scraps of human food, it’s inadvisable by the American Kennel Club (or AKC) to feed your pet too much human food. There is too much seasoning, and some food may not be digestible to a dog, so it’s best to avoid giving them any table scraps.
Taking a holistic approach to your Husky’s wellness means that you need to provide high-quality nutrition to manage weight, have a regular exercise routine, and get occasional checkups with its veterinarian.
Selecting the right meal plan for your pet can be challenging and confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This guide is prepared to educate you on all the benefits of proper nutrition and how to approach your dog’s wellness for optimal health effectively.
Before beginning any exercise or dietary programs, be sure to consult a veterinarian first, talk about the best strategies for optimum health, and diagnose any underlying health issues.
Many dog food manufacturers will obscure or use misleading terms to imply that their diet plans are healthy options. These terms are used to hide the use of additives and fillers that may, upon further analysis, cause various health issues.
To avoid food-borne issues and provide optimal nutrition, you need to understand how to read a food label and what ingredients may be allowed or included in the recipe. Ideally, your meal plan should be transparent with its components and place a premium on natural proteins versus processed “meat meal.”
The typical error most pet parents make is that they assume most meal plans are similar and manufactured the same. Unfortunately, this error may be a leading cause of severe health issues for your dog ranging from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, joint disorders, allergies, and other maladies.
The Importance Of Getting Enough Exercise
One of the cornerstones of optimal health is regular exercise, especially for an energetic work dog like the Siberian Husky.
Your pet will derive multiple health benefits from daily exercise, including better cardiovascular function, improved moods, a more robust skeletal-muscular system, weight management, and appetite control.
Exercise paired with a diet rich in proteins and other macronutrients are the two pillars of optimal health for your Husky.
In general, your Husky needs at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day. Of course, you need to factor in your Husky’s age, fitness levels, and weight before attempting any strenuous activities, and it’s a good idea to consult your pet’s veterinarian to be sure that your exercise program is appropriate for your dog.
The most apparent benefit to daily exercise is improving the overall health of your Husky, but there are many others to consider. One added benefit to daily exercise is that it creates a routine that both you and your Husky can look forward to, strengthening the bonds between pet and pet parent while providing you the opportunity to work on behaviors and expectations.
Another significant benefit is that the body releases neurochemicals to boost and aid with moods long after exercise concludes. The adage, “a tired dog is a happy dog,” is rooted in this belief.
The Multiple Health Benefits Associated with Exercise
There are many health benefits associated with exercise, from improved overall health, slowing down effects of aging, boosting moods, and more. Some of the additional benefits to daily, vigorous exercise for your Husky include;
Enhanced Immune System: A more efficient body is better equipped to ward off any potential disease. Exercise makes the body more efficient, and the added benefits include improving the cardiovascular and skeletal-muscular systems to aid in digestion and more.
Cardiovascular Function: Regular exercise stresses your Husky’s body, forcing the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to work harder. When the body is stressed, it works more efficiently over time in both moments of exercise and long afterward.
Weight: An active lifestyle will burn off more calories than a sedentary one, and managing weight, especially in older dogs, is crucial for overall health. Weight management is a process that helps minimize health issues such as heart complications and lack of flexibility, which in overweight dogs can be a leading cause of injury.
Waste: An efficient body produces waste more effectively, and the body can eliminate waste from the body.
Digestion: On top of aiding waste production, exercise helps the body with appetite and weight management.
Flexibility: As the body ages, muscles and joints tighten, losing range of motion. Inflexibility is a leading cause of injury, and regular exercise forces the body to remain more limber.
Cognition: Dogs need to be intellectually stimulated and engage their curiosity. Otherwise, they tend to lash out from boredom and anxiety. Behavior issues result from a Husky not getting enough activity, and daily exercise will help avoid negative behaviors while creating a calmer mind.
Skeletal-Muscular: Taxing the skeletal-muscular system causes the body’s muscles to expand and contract, adding stress upon the body’s bones. As the bones are stressed, they strengthen and are more robust, alleviating injury.
Why Your Dog’s Food Ingredients Are Important
One pillar of optimal health is having a regular exercise routine. Meanwhile, the second pillar of wellness is a diet rich in the macronutrients needed. A dog’s diet needs to prioritize proteins, carbohydrates from a single source such as brown rice, and essential fats that avoid unnecessary additives and fillers that may cause food-borne allergies or other health issues.
Proper nutrition provides the body with the energy it needs for the day’s tasks, improves the immune system, strengthens bones, teeth, and muscles, and aids with waste production and digestion.
One common health issue for some dogs is food-borne allergies and intolerances. This is because the body can react similarly to more severe health concerns or cause more traditional allergic reactions such as watery eyes and nose with food-borne allergies.
With food intolerance, the body cannot digest the food, which can have severe health ramifications. To understand food intolerance, think about toxic foods with people with severe allergies, such as peanuts or shellfish.
Subpar dog food may include in their final recipe additives or fillers that may cause allergic reactions. As the labeling may be unclear or even misleading, the source of the food-borne allergy may be challenging to discover, so it’s best to avoid these potential issues by selecting a high-quality meal plan.
By choosing a higher-quality meal plan, you’ll have confidence that the ingredients are exactly as stated and help you avoid any unnecessary health issues.
Once the body is overstimulated from a food-borne allergen, the body’s immune response overreacts to any stimulant causing even more allergic reactions in the body.
One last reason to avoid food-borne allergens is to disguise or mimic severe health issues without a professional diagnosis.
Some typical food-borne allergy symptoms include excessive itching, lack of appetite, vomiting, and digestive problems.
To avoid these issues, select a high-quality meal plan that will have transparent labeling, prioritize protein, carbohydrates, and fats over additives and fillers, and will aid the body with many of its natural functions such as providing plenty of energy to build, create strong muscles, boost the immune system and improving your Husky’s overall health.
What Are Macronutrients
Macronutrients are the primary source of nutrition to provide needed for optimal health. They are the primary sources of nutrition, such as protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Macronutrients, in other words, are what give the body the fuel it needs.
The right meal plan should consist of single-source animal protein such as chicken, salmon, and turkey and avoid unnecessary fillers while including a healthy carbohydrate such as brown rice. These macronutrients balanced with just the right amount of fats in the recipe will give your Husky all the energy they need.
Causes of Food-Bourne Allergies
Food-borne allergies may stem from various grains, processed proteins called “meat meal,” and other potential allergens. While high-quality meal plans clearly label their ingredients so you can avoid any unknown food issues, subpar manufacturers may use misleading terms that don’t explain the source of macronutrients. That obscurity may lead to a potential food-borne problem.
How To Read The Ingredients Label
By FDA regulations, food manufacturers are required to list their key ingredients in order of their weight in the final product. So, for example, if a food label lists protein as an essential item in the recipe, it would be at, or near, the top of the food label.
Even though regulations exist for labeling, loopholes do exist. To select the best meal plan for your Husky, understanding what is allowable and what words are used in the product description will help you choose the best meal plan for your pet.
In a food label, the importance of the ingredients is listed by the order they appear on the food label. As a generalization, dog food manufacturers must list the ingredients by their weight, so as you read the label, an item listed first is the heaviest in the recipe. This is because dogs need to have a protein-heavy diet, and the meal plan you select should have the source of protein as the first ingredient.
One other thing to understand is the use of the descriptors chosen in the food label. The descriptors used will fall under four categories: the 95% rule, the 25% rule, the “with” rule, and the “flavor” rule.
The 95% Rule
Under the 95% rule, if a protein is listed, such as chicken, then the recipe must include at least 95% of chicken in the final recipe.
The 25% Rule
One step below the 95% rule is the much more permissive 25% rule. Under the 25% rule, a food label can use terms that may be misleading to imply greater quality in the recipe. For example, when a food label uses terms such as “platter, dinner, or entree,” there is an implied meaning: the recipe only is required to have at least 25% of the final recipe. So, for example, if the label says “chicken entree for dogs,” what is being said is that there’s chicken in the recipe but what is being omitted is that there only needs to be 25% chicken in the final recipe. These “dinners, entrees, and platters” may sound nutritious, but they are often loaded with fillers such as “meat meal.”
The 'With' Rule
When reading the food label of your dog’s meal plan, the term “with” is a misleading description. The word “with” means that the manufacturer must provide at least 3% of the ingredient claimed, and that is the bare minimum. So when a food label lists “dog food with salmon” in the title, what is being communicated is that there only needs to be 3% of salmon in the recipe. If your meal plan includes “with” in the title, rest assured it will be loaded with fillers and additives and is best to avoid.
The 'Flavor' Rule
The final category is known as the “flavor” rule. When a product claims to have “flavor” in the title, it is a way for the manufacturer to include a specific flavoring to the recipe without adding the ingredient. For example, “turkey dinner for dogs with all-natural beef gravy flavor” means that there is 25% turkey (the 25% rule), and beef flavor implies that there is just enough beef to be traceable in the recipe. By its nature, this rule is the most lenient of FDA labeling requirements.
Put another way, the recipe doesn’t require much protein from turkey, and beef is just an additive for flavor. There’s not enough actual red meat in the recipe to be considered a protein. This term is more than misleading and is used by some subpar manufacturers to disguise the inferiority of the ingredients in their formula.
Selecting the proper diet, providing ample daily exercise, and getting routine medical checkups are the foundations of optimal health for your Siberian Husky. In addition, taking a holistic approach to your pet’s wellbeing will provide it with enough energy, strengthen the immune system, build strong bones and muscles, as well as aid digestion and appetite control, a primary function of weight management.
Additionally, selecting a high-quality meal plan will give you the confidence that you’re providing the best nutrition for your Husky possible and help you avoid unnecessary fillers that may lead to potential health issues.
Selecting The Right Meal Plan
As a pet parent, taking a holistic approach to your Husky’s health means you understand how all three pillars of health are interrelated. Focus on providing them with the best type of nutrition, provide vigorous daily exercise, and schedule routine visits to their veterinarian for the opportunity for a healthy life.
Hungry Bark is dedicated to helping you select the ideal meal plan for your pet, and we understand the challenges that you may face in choosing the right meal plan for your Husky.
To help you, we’ve created the Hungry Bark Custom Meal Planner as a great place to start! In as little as 2 minutes, the meal planner will customize your pet’s meal plan considering characteristics such as breed, age, weight, activity level, and more to provide a custom meal plan for a quality, healthy life.