Create your own German Shepherd dog food recipes
Providing for your German Shepherd's care means you should provide the best dog food you can afford. An economical solution to high-priced premium dog foods is to make your own dog food. Start with five basic ingredients, and turn them into a collection of German Shepherd dog food recipes that your dog loves.
The five main ingredients found in nutritious dog food are protein, starch, vegetable, fat and seasoning. Have fun with these components to find the combination of ingredients that get the most excited reaction from your German Shepherd.
When putting together dog food recipes for your German Shepherd's nutrition, use eggs or lean meat for the protein. There are dozens of ingredients you can use for the starch. Start with oatmeal, breadcrumbs, baked potatoes, steamed rice or boiled noodles. Try different cooked vegetables until you find one your dog likes. Some dogs like tomatoes while others like peas, carrots or celery. You'll know you've found the right one for your German Shepherd's nutrition when your dog begs for more!
Any changes to a German Shepherd's care should be made gradually to give your dog time to adjust to the change. The same is true of changes to German Shepherd nutrition. When you pick your puppy up from the breeder, contact the breeder in advance and ask for a sample of your puppy's food so you can continue feeding your new puppy the food to which it is accustomed.
If you get a German Shepherd puppy from a breeder, ask the breeder for a sample of the dog food that the breeder was feeding the puppies. Continue to feed the puppy the same food until the puppy adjusts to its new surroundings. Then slowly mix your homemade dog food with the breeder's food until eventually your dog is eating only the food you made from your German Shepherd dog food recipes. Follow this practice any time you have to change your dog's food.
If your dog has been diagnosed with a medical condition or is undergoing treatment for any medical problems, you should consult with your dog's veterinarian before you make any changes to your dog's diet. Similarly, if your dog is taking medication, you should ask your vet about changing your dog's diet. You vet can alert you to any foods that interact negatively with the medicine your dog takes.