Boston terriers are members of the American Kennel Club Non-Sporting group. These petite dogs are energetic and enjoy pleasing their owners. They are also prone to a number of health issues, including brachycephalic syndrome, patellar luxation and eye problems. Recommended dog foods for Boston Terriers should have small pieces, provide adequate protein and include ingredients that promote joint and eye health.
Commercial Pet Foods Recommended for Boston Terriers
If you feed your terrier a commercial dry or canned pet food, look for a formula that is high in lean animal protein and either grain-free or includes ancient, highly digestible grains like quinoa or amaranth. Lean animal protein helps Boston terriers maintain a healthy weight. It also provides energy so that Bostons can maintain their preferred active lifestyle. Avoiding grains like corn and wheat protects the sensitive skin of Boston terriers from irritation due to allergies and helps them avoid digestive trouble.
If you choose a dry kibble, look for a formula that offers a small bite size. The short jaws of Boston terriers make it difficult for them to chew large chunks of food. Make sure that the first ingredient of the food you choose is a muscle meat, such as chicken or beef. Avoid foods whose first ingredients are animal byproducts or a non-meat item. Look for ingredients that promote joint health, including glucosamine, chondroitin, sea cucumber and green-lipped mussel.
Recommended dry formulas for Boston terriers include Innova Evo Small Bites, Innova Evo Red Meat Small Bites, Blue Buffalo Small Breed Formula, Orijen and Wellness Core.
If you would prefer to feed a canned food, look for a formula that includes lots of lean muscle meat and minimal carbohydrates. If the canned food will be the dog's primary diet, make sure that the label says it is formulated to meet AAFCO standards for all life stages. Avoid preservatives like BHA and BHT.
Recommended canned foods for Boston terriers include Evangers, By Nature Organics, Innova Evo, Vets Choice Health Extension, Wysong and the canned formulas by Wellness that include 95 percent meat.
Home-Cooked and Raw Diets for Boston Terriers
Another option for Boston terrier owners is feeding a raw or home-cooked diet. Preparing dog food at home requires significant research and knowledge about the nutrients a Boston terrier needs. Owners interested in this option should begin by discussing it with a pet dietitian or veterinary nutritionist. The average veterinarian will not have the specialized nutrition knowledge required to help a pet owner design a raw or home-cooked diet.
Raw or home-cooked diets for Boston terriers should focus on a diverse assortment of lean meats, organs and bones. Home-cooked diets must also include vegetables, ancient grains and supplements. These ingredients are optional for raw diets but may be beneficial, depending upon the dog's individual needs. Some unusual, inexpensive and healthful ingredients to include in a homemade diet for Boston terriers are chicken feet, smelt, turkey necks, canned jack mackerel, chicken gizzards, beef tendons and lamb necks.