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Dog food advice

I have a 5 months old German Shepherd and currently feeding him home-cooked diet. I don't know knowledge about dog food and supplements. Can anyone suggest me basic, balanced vitamin supplement and best dog food specific for German Shepherd? I searched around and so far I have found Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy 30 formula dog food. I found it at PetSmart through discount deal. Want to know your views on this dog food. If you have any better recommendation, please let me know.

I know Cesar Millan uses a mixture of pedigree dry and pedigree wet, mixes it up, and feeds them that way...He's a genius, he must do it for a reason.
Millions of puppies have been raised on Purina Puppy Chow. That's about the best deal for the money. Yeah, you can get much more expensive stuff, even designer stuff if you really have a desire to spend a ton of money. You can get much cheaper stuff too like Old Roy. But, Puppy Chow I feel has the basic nutritional needs met.
Foods like old roy are full of preservatives and other junk. Royal Canin is a good company. We feed our dog Eagle Pack.

There are so many foods available, so talking to knowledgeable people at a pet feed store (not petsmart) can help you make an informed decision. All pet food has the nutrition information on the label. So use an age-appropriate food.

Your veterinarian can also make a recommendation, based on the nutritional needs of your dog, and its age.

Foods with exotic ingredients (like lamb, duck) should be avoided unless your dog has allergies to common ingredients, like beef in case they develop allergies later.

Most smaller pet food stores carry lots of free samples, so find something your dog likes, and has the right nutritional content for them.

German Shepherd are high energy dogs, so be sure he is getting a lot of exercise.
Well I have just read this all of the stuff. And I also like the advice that is given here. Thats too much useful. But the one thing that I just want to say you that I have had my dogs on every food out there from Eukanuba, Candae, Eagle Pak, Wellness and you name what else. They did not like the food and I was not happy with the way the looked. I finally switched to Royal Canin's breed specific food and my dogs love it and they look amazing.
Guys, check this out:

It is a matter of pride to own healthy and strong dogs. Perfect health can be accomplished only with a balanced diet. For the pet, a number of thing needs to be consider, when it comes to feeding it. Even if you feed your dog with the costliest dog foods, it might be deprived of the nutrients essential for its growth and development. Eating too little can make it underweight. On the other hand, eating too much can make the pet obese, which may ultimately need weight control. Hence, you need to provide your pet with a balanced diet that contains all the essential nutrients in it. In this article, we have discussed the food and balanced diet required for dogs.

Balanced Diet For Dogs

* Water should never be substituted with milk, although the latter is an essential fluid in the balanced diet for dogs. The pet should be fed with moderate quantity of milk, because it's over consumption may cause diarrhea. Ensure that your dog gets the good supply of clean water.
* Growing puppies and pregnant dogs need additional supply of calcium. Be sure to provide your pet with the essential nutrient in such special situations.
* The protein content recommended for a balanced diet for dog is 20 to 30 percent. Be sure to include protein rich food in your dog's diet. Chicken, salmon and lamb are good sources of protein, apart from pulses.
* Your dog needs 'fuel' so stay healthy and active. Hence, provide it with food rich in fat and oils. The nutrient also helps in improving the taste and digestive capacity of the pet.
* Minerals such as calcium and phosphorus are important inclusions in the balanced diet of your dog. The nutrients are required for strong bones and teeth as well as the development of cells and tissue.
* Cereals, pasta and rice are rich sources of carbohydrate, an essential nutrient required for the supply of energy to the dog. Complement the food with fibrous food, as to improve the smooth bowel movement of the pet.


* Feed your dog with food at regular interval. You may serve measured meal, twice a day. Feed your pet on scheduled timings.
* Being omnivorous, dogs love to feast on meat. However, you should remember that the pets, fed on raw meats, are susceptible to a number of diseases and infections. For example, raw liver can cause vitamin A toxicity in dogs, even if it is accompanied by a balanced diet. Moreover, small soft bones may choke the pet.
* If your dog is habitual of being rewarded with treats frequently, then you should be careful not to overdo it. Keep a check on the treats, because excess of them can perturb the static calorie balance. You should also remember that chocolates are harmful for dogs.
* Dogs are deprived of biotin, when they consume raw eggs. In addition, the consistent use of raw eggs in the dog's diet may lead to dermatitis, loss of hair and poor growth in your pet.
* Fish is high in protein content and hence, it should be included in your dog's diet. However, make sure that you provide cooked fish to your pet, because the consumption of raw fish has been cited as the cause of vitamin deficiencies in dogs. It can also result in the loss of appetite, abnormal posture, weakness, seizure in dog.
* The daily intake of balanced food, rich in all the essential nutrients, nearly eliminates the need of supplements. However, it is still recommended to provide your dog with supplements, because it only adds to the health of the pet.
* Avoid feeding your dog with table scraps, because it develops the bad habit of begging in the pet. Moreover, table scraps do not find any place in the balanced diet and may cause harm to your pet's smooth bowel movement.
* In case you are feeding your pet with shop-bought dog food, ensure that you have chosen a well known brand. Good quality is the prerequisite for the good health of the pet. Ensure that you have chosen the food according to the age, weight, breed and special needs of the dog.
only 5 months old? so you can boil rice meal or milk mixed with a little any shopping dog food, or with some fried minced meat. the point is don't directly give her shopping dog food.
Nutro makes an excellent food. You can also find it at PetSmart and other pet stores.

Lots of dog foods like Pedigree and Purina use a lot of yellow corn in their food. Yellow corn isn't digestable, so it all ends up in your yard. What you'll find with a lot of the premium foods like Nutro and Eukanuba is that there is now yellow corn in it, only corn gluten, which is the digestable white part.

Ultimately your best bet for good food is to prepare the food youreself. But that gets expensive real fast.
LittleBlackKitten wrote:
I know Cesar Millan uses a mixture of pedigree dry and pedigree wet, mixes it up, and feeds them that way...He's a genius, he must do it for a reason.

this is what i do as well only using science diet food...i have a nine month old pit/boxer and she loves it...and seems like she has developed just fine very fit dog.
Royal Canin is very good, but expensive///
Very interesting information.
I think you should taste of the Wild is actually pretty cheap at our local Tractor Supply Store.
I think it is $43 for a 30 pound bag.
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