Nutritional Tips for German Shepherds
by Ian Germann
Originating from Germany in the late 19th century, German Shepherds were initially bred for herding and protecting livestock. Large, muscular dogs with well-proportioned and athletic builds, German Shepherds have a distinctive, noble-looking head with erect ears. Their coats are typically dense, medium-length, and come in a variety of colors, such as black, tan, sable and bi-color.
known for their intelligence, trainability and loyalty, German Shepherds are often used as working dogs in a variety of roles such from police and military service to search & rescue and therapy work. An energetic breed like German Shepherds require lots of regular exercise and mental stimulation to be happy and healthy. Generally a healthy breed, they can be prone to certain health conditions. German Shepherds require a well-balanced and nutrient-dense diet to support their energy levels and overall health. Here are some specific nutritional tips for caring for your German Shepherd(s)…
German Shepherds are a breed with a tendency to gain weight easily, especially if they consume more calories than they burn through physical activity. This breed’s metabolism can slow down as they age, making them even more prone to weight gain. Excess weight puts strain on their joints and can lead to mobility issues and arthritis.
To prevent overeating and maintain a healthy weight in your German Shepherd, it’s important to establish a consistent feeding routine and monitor portion sizes. Feeding guidelines provided by the dog food manufacturer on your dog food can be a helpful starting point, but individual needs may vary based on the dog’s age, activity level and metabolism. Regular exercise, such as daily walks or interactive play, is also crucial for weight management and overall well-being.
Evanger’s Nothing but Natural Grain Free Jerky Treats are the perfect treat options for breeds like the German Shepherd which are prone to weight gain. At only 6 calories a treat, each recipe comes with a limited ingredient recipe with locally sourced ingredients that you can feel good about feeding your pets.
German Shepherds are prone to a variety of inherited digestive issues such as pancreatic and intestinal disease, as well as food allergies and sensitivities. Common allergens include ingredients like beef, chicken, grains (wheat, corn, soy), and dairy products. A great way to prevent these issues is by feeding your pup high-quality pet food that won’t upset their digestive system. Try to avoid dog food that’s high in fat, sodium and artificial additives, as these are hard on pup’s digestive systems.
German Shepherds can be susceptible to various intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and giardia. These parasites can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and poor overall health. Regular deworming and preventive measures, as well as proper hygiene, are crucial in managing parasite infestations.
Protein is the building block of muscles. German Shepherds are active and energetic dogs that require strong muscles to support their daily activities, exercise, and work. Adequate protein intake helps promote muscle growth, repair, and maintenance. Animal-based proteins like chicken, beef, fish and lamb are excellent sources of essential amino acids. Aim for a minimum protein content of 20-25% in their diet to help their active lifestyles.
Protein also plays a vital role in the repair and maintenance of various tissues in the body, including skin, fur, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. German Shepherds may be prone to joint issues like hip dysplasia, and proper protein intake can support the health and maintenance of their joint tissues.
Evanger’s Complements come in a variety of flavors with single-sourced protein that makes for the perfect topper to get your pup the high-quality protein they deserve. Flavors include Rabbit, Chicken, Pork, Salmon and more!
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