To all German Shepherd owners, and to you, today I’ll give you a quick, yet, informative guide for your dog’s good nutrition.
Not just that, I’ll also talk about some common health issues that can face your German Shepherd along the way.
Now, you’ll know all about:
- Daily Caloric Requirements
- Protein And Growth
- Weight Loss
Let’s jump right into it..
1. Daily Caloric Requirements:
First of all, you should know that your German Shepherd’s daily calorie requirements depends on your dog’s weight.
For inactive dogs:1,272 to 1,540 calories per day,
While active dogs:1,740 and 2,100 calories per day,
This is based on the National Academies researches.
Sometimes German Shepherds could have arthritis or hereditary conditions, which could make them less active. In such cases, your dog requiresfewercalories, because if your dog ate a lot, it’ll cause extra pressure and pain to their joints.
Make sure that your German Sheperd is getting the right amount of calories daily depending on their activity level, weight and conditions.
2. Protein And Growth:
The commercial dog food that you buy for your German Shepherd matches the requirements for your dog. So far, any commercial food I tried for my dog had at least 18% protein & 5% fat, which is perfect for my adult German Shepherd.
When my dog was just a puppy, I remember the commercial food having around 22% protein & 8% fat as well.
The Same percentage applies for pregnant and lactating German Shepherds.
Any other dog breed eats puppy diet food for almost a year; however, a puppy German Shepherd eats puppy food only for the first 6 months.
Now, let’s talk about your German Shepherd’s dog weight and how fitness is important. You should take care of your German Shepherd’s fitness and weight. If you overfeed your dog, it’s obvious enough that your dog will be obese.
Your German Shepherd should get daily exercise to maintain ahealthy life.
If you’re wondering how much you need to feed your dog, read on..
Bloating happens when your German Shepherd eats a lot a meal! You should feed your dog twice a day for the best fitness results.
Don’t put too much water for your dog, control the amount of water as you’re controlling the food portion.
Control the portion of food and water your German Shepherd eats or drinks daily to avoid any bloating problems.
Buy an elevated-center bowl for your dog, as it prevents or reduces the amount of food your dog takes in a time.
Don’t exercise your German shepherd an hour before their meal or after to avoid bloating.
5. Weight Loss:
Some German Shepherds have a problem with absorbing nutrition from the food they’re eating which leads to weight loss. Although these conditions – exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) and small-intestine disease – leave your dog with an increased appetite, they lose weight!
Feed your dog a diet low in fats & fibers, but large amounts of high-quality protein (venison or lamb)
This was your quick German Shepherd food nutrition guide to give you a quick glance about it.