Feeding Your German Shepherds Well

Feeding Your German Shepherds Well

If you have a German Shepherd, you know that they love food. And they’re not particularly picky. Like most dogs, they will eat what you give them, including whatever table scraps you throw in their bowls and whatever food you happen to buy. They’re not especially choosy about the dog food they’ll eat or the other food they consume. This means that you, as your pup’s person, have to be very choosy.
You may think that dog food is dog food, despite the attempts by dog food companies to convince you that their brand is better. The fact is, the best nutrients for your German Shepherd are those he would encounter if he were living in the wild. Fortunately, you don’t have to hunt for him, but you do need to buy foods that contain ingredients that are good for his breed. This is fortunately pretty simple once you know what you’re looking for.
Your dog’s physical strength and health depend on getting the right nutrients, which means feeding a diet with the correct balance of protein, carbohydrates and fatty acids. This is not unlike the requirements for a human diet, except that you’re feeding a balance just right for German Shepherds.
Dogs, and your German Shepherd specifically, need a lot of protein. You should feed foods with plenty of fish, chicken and lamb. Avoid foods that are primarily wheat, rice or corn, because these foods are not high enough in protein. They’re definitely cheaper, but they’re not providing the nutrients your German Shepherd needs.
Many commercial dog foods are primarily filler and additives. The best way to evaluate a dog food is to read the ingredients. The ingredients list begins with the most prominent ingredient, and they’re listed in decreasing order of prominence. So if your dog food starts with wheat, that’s the main ingredient. Look for dog foods that have meat as their primary ingredient. Avoid dog foods with ingredients you don’t recognize, as those are probably artificial flavors and colors or other additives, and your dog certainly does not encounter them in his natural environment.
Yes, dog food can be very expensive, particularly the “premium” brands. But if you feed your dog good, nutritious food with plenty of protein and no additives, you will keep him healthy and avoid veterinary costs in treating problems related to poor diet. Not only will you save money on your dog’s healthcare by feeding the right nutrients, but you’ll also have a healthy, happy pet, which is even more important.
The most important thing you can do in feeding your dog is remember that he needs the best nutrition, just like people do. Dog food with meat instead of wheat may cost a little more, but think how poorly you feel when you’re not getting enough protein, and make a commitment to keep your dog healthy by making sure he gets the right nutrition. Sure, he may love your leftovers, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right diet for him. He relies on you to ensure he’s eating right.