The Best Dog Food For German Shepherds: Dessert Or Main Course?
There are many opinions about which kind of dog food is best for your beloved pet. Some prefer a low fat diet while others want their dogs to have plenty of protein. There are even some who don’t like any type of meat at all! What’s more, there are those who only feed canned foods or raw diets.
As a responsible breeder, you need to choose the right food for your breed based on its needs. You will not get it exactly right every time because each individual dog is different. However, if you follow these guidelines, then your dog will most likely thrive.
If you still have questions about which type of food is best for your particular breed, I recommend consulting one of our experts who specializes in canine nutrition and health issues such as allergies and digestive problems.
Dry Foods For Dogs
When choosing a dry food for your dog, it is very important to keep in mind that not all types of dry foods are created equal. Dry foods contain no water so they do not require chewing to digest. They usually consist of grains and other plant material such as peas, beans, corn and rice.
These types of foods are good for dogs with sensitive stomachs since they lack the acidity found in milk products or fruits. They can also help prevent gum disease from forming by removing the need for your dog to chew. The main disadvantage of dry foods is that they only consist of around 10% protein and lack essential nutrients such as Vitamin C, Taurine and Omega-3 acids.
If you are considering buying a dry food, then I recommend that you look for one that contains high quality meat as the first ingredient on the label. The first ingredient is the main component of the food. For instance, if the first ingredient on a dry food label is turkey, then you know that the food contains more turkey than anything else.
However, keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean that it is a high quality food since turkey is considered to be an inferior meat compared to beef or chicken.
Canned Foods For Dogs
Canned foods are also edible for your dog. These types of foods are usually packed in a jelly like substance which moistens the kibble and makes it easier to eat. The moistness also helps improve your dog’s tooth health since it requires some chewing.
Canned foods usually contain more water than dry foods so they are often more expensive to buy. They can also be more convenient to buy and store since they have a longer shelf life than dry foods.
However, canned foods are usually more expensive than dry foods and tend to be higher in fat which can lead to weight gain and pancreatitis in some dogs. Despite being more expensive than dry food, canned food is usually considered a “treat” by most pet owners so it is often overfed.
Your Dog Needs Variety!
Just like people, dogs also need a balanced variety of nutritious foods in their diet. While some breeds are genetically predisposed to being omnivores or herbivores, you should not completely rely on this as a guideline to what to feed your dog. Genetics only play a part in your dog’s dietary needs.
Your dog’s environment and lifestyle also have an impact on its nutritional requirements. For instance, herding dogs require more fats and proteins than a lap dog that just sleeps all day. Just like how people in Canada require more vitamin D than people who live closer to the equator.
Make sure you keep this in mind when choosing your dog’s food and make changes accordingly. If you are ever unsure about whether or not a particular type of food is good for your dog, you should consult with a veterinarian before giving it to him. A few dollars spent on a vet bill is better than having to pay hundreds to cure a medical condition that could have been avoided with a little research.
Another important thing to remember is that your dog was created by nature to eat a diet containing a mixture of both animal and plant matter. It is true that some breeds are more suited to an omnivorous or herbivorous diet, but this should not completely dictate what you feed your dog. Instead, use it as a general guideline and experiment to see what works best for your dog.
Just remember, dogs have unique digestive systems and what might work great for one may not work at all for another so stay alert and be observant of their response to the food you give them. A dog that constantly experiences diarrhea could indicate that the food you are feeding it is not agreeing with him so you should consult with a veterinarian before giving him something else.
Your dog is a part of your family. He should not have to eat “people food”, but he should also not have to eat low quality food just because he is a dog either. A lot of people tend to consider feeding their dogs as something of an afterthought and most don’t take it very seriously.
However, just like how people require proper nutrition to function optimally, the same applies to canines as well so you should never overlook this aspect of their care.
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