Husky: health and nutrition of the dog breed

The Siberian Husky is a very active and robust dog. He needs a lot of exercise and uses a lot of energy. you should pay attention to this in the health and nutrition of the four-legged friend. Read here what else you can do to make your husky feel good. Huskies need lots of exercise and good food to stay healthy - Shutterstock / Todor N Nikolov

The husky doesn't mind wind and weather. Its thick fur provides excellent protection from the cold in winter and in summer after changing fur, even higher temperatures no longer matter to it than other dog breeds. To keep it that way, it is advisable to observe the following tips on the nutrition and health of these special dogs.

Special features when feeding the husky

Essentially, what is generally important for species-appropriate dog nutrition applies to the husky's diet. Give him ready-made feed, make sure that "complete feed" is on the packaging and that the protein and meat content is as high as possible. Sugar and other superfluous ingredients, however, have lost nothing in the food bowl of your four-legged friend. You can also help your husky if you remember to add nutrients that it cannot absorb through pure muscle meat. If you give your dog high-quality dry food, it must always have a filled water bowl nearby so that there is no lack of liquid.

In addition, huskies usually need more calories and nutrients than other, less active or smaller dog breeds. If you choose ready-made food, varieties are ideal for active dogs. If you get your husky, he should receive larger portions than his peers. Some huskies tend to eat anything they can find. It is best to keep an eye on these four-legged friends so that nothing unhealthy or poisonous gets into your stomach. If your dog turns out to be picky about eating, try adding a little more variety to your menu.

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Dog Breed Health: Are There Typical Diseases?

Luckily, Siberian Huskies are among the relatively healthy, robust dog breeds. There are only a few inherited diseases and serious dog breeders make sure that it stays that way. Nevertheless, hip dysplasia (HD) can occasionally be observed in the husky, for which many large dogs are susceptible. You can reduce the risk of hip problems by not giving your husky puppy food that is too high in calories, too nutritious in the growing phase, but by adapting its food to its age. Otherwise it grows too quickly and the joints remain unstable. In addition, you shouldn't physically overexert your adolescent dog. Ideally, he rarely has to climb stairs and intensive dog sport is only advisable when he is fully grown.

Furthermore, huskies are susceptible to a congenital zinc deficiency, whereby the absorption of nutrients from the feed via the intestine is disturbed. Symptoms of zinc deficiency include itching and reddened skin, frequent infections and fungal infections on the ears and bridge of the nose, as well as strong hair regardless of the change of fur. If this hereditary disease is only slightly pronounced, dietary supplements with zinc are sufficient. If that doesn't help, talk to your veterinarian so that your dog is regularly given zinc intravenously.

How your husky stays healthy: tips

Exercise, employment and the right food keep your husky healthy for a long time. The breed is very intelligent and especially loves sled dog and pull dog sports because it was bred for this purpose. Cycling also usually works wonderfully with this breed, as can be seen in the following video:

If you go for a walk with Huskys, dog harnesses and a long towline are ideal, because they often want to go faster than their owner and then pull on a leash because of their energy. If you then wear a collar and are kept on a short leash, pressure is put on the larynx, which can lead to inflammation or injury.

Huskies are very sociable dogs, so a good bond with you as the owner is very important for your mental well-being. But that alone is not enough, because the four-legged friends need their peers to play. Other, similarly active dogs are possible, but they usually work best with other huskies.