The American Foxhound is a breed of American origin which falls in the Hound group. It was used to hunt the wily fox. Though it was used as a fox hunter, today it makes an excellent family companion with a friendly and devoted personality.

The American Foxhound needs to be fed a high-quality dog food that can be either commercially manufactured or homemade. In this article, you will read about the diets, amount, and human food that should be fed or avoid your American Foxhound.

Diets and Nutrition

As a hunting dog, the American Foxhound has a high activity level and should only be fed a good diet with good nutrition. You should provide a balanced diet to them so they get all the required nutrition from their food. The following nutrition should be provided to them so they can live a happy and healthy life.

Protein: Protein is the main source of energy for your American Foxhound. They need to be fed with a good amount of protein as long as they are regularly exercised. They are mostly fed horsemeat after hunting which is a good source of protein and besides that, they can be fed oatmeal. The American Foxhound can get protein from meat and eggs and from vegetables like broccoli.

Water: Water is very important for your American Fox Hound. They need to remain hydrated throughout the day as they are involved in lots of physical exercises. Always keep a bowl of water in front of them so they can drink whenever they feel thirsty. Dogs cannot speak by themselves, so you should take care of what they need.

Fat: Not all fats are good but some fats are good to keep your dog healthy. Fat is also another main source of energy for your dogs. The amount of fat in their food should be given calculating the amount of exercise they do. If the fat is more than their regular activity, they can suffer from obesity.

American Foxhound looking at food
American Foxhound looking at food.
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How Much to Feed Your American Foxhound

The American Foxhound is a very active dog that is mostly used in a hunting game. The amount of dog food that should be provided to them is determined by their activity level. They should be given food according to their age and activity level. An adult American Foxhound should be fed 3-4 cup in 3 portions a day. If they are active and exercise regularly, increase the quantity as per the requirement.

The puppy (6-10 months) should be fed 2 cups in three portions per day inclusive of some now and then treats. The puppy of 6-8 weeks should be fed 4-6 meals per day as they grow rapidly at this age and need proper nutrition.

The American Foxhound is likely to eat more than required, so you should take care of its eating quantity. If it starts to eat more, it can gain some pounds which will affect its health and problems of joints and bones can be seen.

American Foxhound Eating noodles
American Foxhound Eating noodles.
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Best Dog Food for your American Foxhound

The American Foxhound needs high-quality dog food with the right ingredients. There are two types of commercial dog food and they are dry dog food and canned dog food. Both are good in term of there benefits where dry food is good for their dental problem and wet food is good for their skin and coat. However, canned food is expensive so you can provide your dog with dry food mixed with a little amount of canned food.

Here are the list of the best dry dog food for your American Foxhound.

Best Supplements For Your American Foxhound

The supplements are given to dogs only when they are not getting all the required nutrient from their dog food. If you are giving your dog a balanced diet, it is not necessary to give your dog any type of supplements. It can be dangerous for the health of your dog if you feed them unnecessary supplements. However, if they are not getting all the nutrition from their dog food, they need to be given supplements that can fulfill their nutrition needs.

Dogs that are recovering from sickness, that are pregnant, and the puppy that is having a growth problem needs supplements. The following supplements are best if given in a required amount to your American Foxhound.

  • Glucosamine: It is used for the treatment of arthritis in dogs.
  • Fish Oil: for allergy, for itchy skin and also for a rough coat.
  • Probiotics: It is used to treat digestive and diarrhea problems.
  • Antioxidants: It is used for old dogs to treat joints and also heart disease.

Human Food that your American Foxhound Can Eat and Avoid.

Not all human food is good for your dog and not all are toxic. Here is the list of the human food that your American Foxhound can eat in a limited amount and should ignore completely.

Can Eat

American Foxhound Eating bun
American Foxhound Eating bun.
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Cannot Eat

  • Tea and Coffee
  • Chocolates
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Avocado

Why is Your American Foxhound not Eating

There are many reasons as to why your American Foxhound is not eating. Here are some of the few reasons, due to which it is not eating.

  • Their stomach might be upset due to improper eating. If they do not start to eat even after 24 hours, take it to a vet for a check-up.
  • They might have eaten something foreign like a piece of clothes or wood that is affecting their appetite. However, once they vomit out the thing, they will start to eat like before.
  • Some other dog might be eating their food and showing their aggression whenever they try to eat. Therefore, give them in a separate bowl from your other pets and stand there till they finish their meal.

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