What to Feed Your American Bully
Many new owners often wonder what to feed their American bully. There are many different diets that may be recommended for your American bully, but it can be hard to discover which diet is the most optimal diet for your best friend. To help make the best choice on what to feed your American bully, I’ve narrowed down the best diets into two categories: raw diet and high-quality kibble diet.
A raw diet consists of feeding raw meats, raw meaty bones, and raw organs. Some benefits you will begin to see when you introduce a raw diet to your American bully are: healthier skin, a shinier coat, cleaner teeth, and smaller-less smelling poop. More benefits will come after your bully has been on the raw diet for a few months.
It is best to feed a variety of raw meats, such as:
Basically, you can feed any raw meat from any animal you can think of, as long as the meat you’re purchasing is coming from a healthy source. The raw meat should be made up of lean muscle. Lean muscle meat is where you will find the protein-rich component for your bully’s diet. Protein will help build strong muscular tissues, create hormones and enzymes your bully needs to thrive. Lean muscle meat will give your bully optimal health. Feeding lean muscle meat is the first step into introducing your bully to the raw diet!
Next, it is important to add in raw meaty bones into your bully’s raw diet. Raw meaty bones provide calcium for your bully. Your bully needs a source of minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. Feeding raw meaty bones is what cleans your bully’s teeth. Your bully would not survive if they did not have calcium and phosphorus. Raw meaty bones should make up 12%-15% of your bully’s raw diet. This is roughly 1/3 of his diet. Here are some choices of raw meaty bones to feed your bully:
- Turkey necks
- Chicken thighs, legs, necks, feet or wings
- Whole frame of the chicken
- Beef tail bones
- Lamb or pork ribs or necks
- Gutted fish
When choosing the raw meaty bones to feed your bully, make sure your bully can handle the size of it. Start off small by feeding him a chicken wing or drum stick. Work your way up to larger bone sizes over time. There are some bones that your bully cannot consume, such as:
- Weight bearing bones
- Sharp shank bones
- Do not feed cook bones to your bully.
Feeding weight bearing bones could break your bully’s teeth. Sharp shank bones could splinter and cut the inside of your bully’s mouth or stomach, which will harm or possibly kill your bully. Cooked bones are dangerous and could splinter and harm or possibly kill your bully also.
Finally, it is essential to add raw organs into your bully’s raw diet. Raw organs are densely nutrient-rich and provide an abundance of beneficial vitamins for your bully. You will want to feed anywhere from 5%-10% of raw organs for your bully. Do not overfeed your bully with raw organs the first few weeks you begin feeding raw. If you overfeed with raw organs it may cause your bully to have diarrhea because raw organs are so nutrient dense. Slowly introduce raw organs into your bully’s raw diet. Here are some choices of raw organs to feed your bully:
- Green tripe (Super beneficial for your bully!)
- Liver (Only feed 5% or less, feeding more can cause vitamin A toxicity to your bully since liver is high vitamin A)
Overall, feeding a raw diet will be the best overall diet for your American bully. A raw diet provides a super balance meal and essential vitamins for your bully. You will begin to see results of the benefits of a raw diet in the forms of a shinier coat, cleaner teeth, and fewer health issues.
High-quality Kibble Diet
Many American bully owners may not want to feed a raw diet. If you are one of those owners do not worry! There are still great high-quality kibble diet in the form of dry dog food out there for your American bully. It is also easier to buy a high-quality kibble diet for your bully because you could easily drive to your local pet store or get on Amazon and just with one click you’re your bully’s food delivered to your home.
What makes a high-quality kibble diet? There are really just three main components that make up a high-quality kibble diet. These three main components are:
- High protein made from high quality meats
- Low carbs
- Low fillers
It is important to have high protein in your bully’s dry dog because protein is essential to your bully’s growth. Protein is the building block of cells in your bully and will keep him healthy. You want to make sure that you are providing your bully with the right protein amount, so make sure to read the nutritional content on your bully’s dry dog food.
You need to make sure that the dry dog food is low in carbohydrates because your bully doesn’t need it to survive. In general, your bully has no nutritional requirements for carbs. So say NO to a significant amount of carbs in your bully’s diet!
Next, you need to make sure that the dry dog food you provide for your bully is low in fillers. Fillers are things such as:
- Rice bran
- Cottonseed hulls
- Modified wheat
- Wheat mill
- Citrus pulp
Fillers are basically used to ‘fill’ up the rest of a dry dog food, which makes it more economical to make. Fillers are a waste and will not be used by your bully. If you see a high amount of fillers that I listed in your dry dog food, STAY AWAY!
Here is a list of the best high-quality kibble diet in the form of dry dog food for your bully:
- Fromm Classic
- Fromm Gold
- Victor Super Premium Dog Food
- Blue buffalo
- Taste of the Wild
- Bullymax High Performance
- Earthborn Holistic
- Wellness Core
Here are the two best diets that you could choose to feed your American bully: a raw diet or a high-quality kibble diet. The raw diet provides the most natural form of food for your bully and gives the ultimate source of nutrition for your bully. However, a high-quality kibble diet in the form of dry dog food could still be nutritionally balanced and is very convenient for a bully owner who has a busy life schedule. When choosing the best diet for your bully many things will be a factor such as:
- Activity level
It will be up to you to decide which diet will be best for your bully. Overall, the raw diet is the best diet to feed your bully, and then following after is the high-quality kibble diet.
By. Clark Lee