Puppies in general have specific energy requirements, and immune support and digestive development are critical during the early stages of every puppy’s life. But did you know that puppies’ needs can be even more unique based on their breed? One of America’s favorite breeds, German Shepherds, in particular have some specific nutritional requirements you should consider when you select nutrition for your German Shepherd pup!
The young German Shepherd tends to be more sensitive to digestive upset than other breeds and also has alkaline skin just like an adult German Shepherd. Large puppies like German Shepherds grow quickly, and their active lifestyle can place stress on their joints that can have lifetime effects.
Be sure to consider nutrition that is formulated with nutrients for your German Shepherd puppy’s needs. A food like Royal Canin® GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY 30™ is formulated with highly digestible protein sources, including egg for his sensitive stomach. It also incorporates supplemental levels of glucosamine and chondroitin to support joint health. Also, a complex of B vitamins, amino acids and chelated minerals help to maintain your puppy’s natural skin barrier.
As your German Shepherd grows, here are some other things to consider to ensure he gets the best care and nutrition:
~ Check with your veterinarian to ensure your puppy is kept up to date on his vaccinations.
~ Select toys that are appropriate for your dog. Make sure toys are resilient and good quality, and remove them if they become damaged. If your dog likes to play with a ball, choose one that is the right size – a ball that is appropriate for a small dog may be a choking hazard for a German Shepherd.
~ If your dog seems to be asking you for food all the time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he is hungry. This apparent taste for snacking may actually simply be a habit that you can influence, and is often related to behavioral aspects such as boredom and lack of exercise. Check the daily ration you are giving against the recommendations on the bag. Don’t forget that recommendations change as your dog grows.
~ Once he reaches adult weight, monitor your dog’s body weight to make sure he is not gaining or losing weight on his current ration. Your veterinarian may allow you to drop by the clinic periodically to weigh your dog.
~ Your large breed puppy will reach his full size around 15 months and once he does, he’ll be ready to transition to an adult food, like Royal Canin® German Shepherd 24™.
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