Why Commercial Dog Food is Non Okay
The thing is, German Shepherd is one of those breeds which are very prone to diseases. You need to buy a high quality dog food to keep your German Shepherd healthy.
This doest mean your dog will barf after eating the cheap food, but it greatly incleases the risk of your dog catching a disease and dying too soon even because of overall weakness. In this case, your best option is to make cheap food yourself.
What Do German Shepherds Even Prefer?
Proteins, fruits and vegetables. Proteins are #1 priority in dog’s nutrition. Poultry, meat(muscle and organ, like liver), and fish are the main sources of protein, as we know it. From that, the most digestable protein we can get from chicken and turkey, and a few kinds of fish. There are also plenty of digestible proteins in beans (sometimes even more than i several kinds of meat and fish). You can feed your dog with raw or cooked meat, but latter is more preferable.
German Shepherds like vegetables and fruit, especially leafy greens. You can also feed them with carrots, cooked sweet potatoes, and some anti-oxiant berries are always welcome. Cooked vegetables are more digestable, but German Shephers are also okay with fresh and frozen beans and other vegetables, so you can use them as a treat.
Several Important Advices
Do not give German Shepherds tomatoes, avocado, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts and chocolate, because they are toxic and dangerous to them.
It should be said that rice is exceptionaly good ingredient for German Shepherd nutrition. You can also cook rice-only dishes when your dog get digestion problems.
Also, it is recommended to give multi-vitamins in addition to daily healthy nutrition(consult your veterenarian before applying anything).
Food Recipes for German Shepherds
Now let’s go on to some good recipes.
The recipe for daily nutrition for German Shepherd, recommended by one Animal Scientist of University of Illinois:
- 4 cups of rice;
- 1 cup of brown rice;
- 1 cup of barley;
- 2 lbs of frozen vegetables (I use a mix with potatoes, carrots, celery);
- 3 Tbsp olive oil;
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic;
- 300g chicken livers (or 5 livers);
- 0.5 kg ground beef or ground turkey;
- 10 cups of water or stock (I use organic chicken stock, no msg. The container has 4 cups and so I add 6 cups of water).
Cook on low for 6 hrs. A 20 kg dog should be eating 1200-1500 cal/day depending on the activity, which results in 1.5-2 cups of such food daily(be sure to split the day meal, so the dog eats 2 times a day or more).
German Shepherd Dog Pie:
- 60ml broth;
- 200ml whole wheat flour;
- 200g meat, scraps;
- 200g dog meal, good quality.
- Preheat oven to 150°C.
- Grease a pan and spread half the meat in it.
- Sprinkle with half of the flour.
- Spread remaining meat into pan.
- Sprinkle remaining flour over meat.
- Cover evenly with dog meal.
- Add broth.
- Bake at 150°C for 45 minutes.
- 2 3/4 cups water;
- 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened;
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla;
- 4 cups whole wheat flour;
- 1 cup dried apple chips (you can also use fresh fruit);
- 1 tablespoon baking powder;
- 1 egg, beaten slightly;
- 4 tablespoons honey.
- 1 sweet potato;
- 200g chicken breast;
- vitamin E capsule;
- 1 cup rice.
Apple Pup Cakes:
Preheat oven to 170°C. Spray muffin tin with cooling spray. Mix all wet ingredients thoroughly. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add wet to dry slowly , scraping well to make sure no dry mixture is left. Pour into muffin tins. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out dry. Store in a sealed container. Makes around 12-14 pupcakes. This one is especially good for treats.
Meal for German Shepherds with Digestive Issues
This meal is ideal for GSs that have a weak digestive system:
Cook the rice and potato separately. Boil the chicken in a separate pot and cut into little pieces. Mix all the ingredients together.
As you can see, homemade dog meals are quite simple and you can always experiment and just mix appropriate ingredients which fit the German Shepherd breed to keep your dog happy and healthy with little effort which the dog will certainly appreciate