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Today we are going to be looking at How To Manage a German Shepherds Weight Correctly.
Learning how and what to feed your German Shepherd can take sometimes is a bit of a trial-and-error process and requires discipline on our part as owners.
All of us want to make sure our dog looks and feels happy and healthy.
And we want to know that our actions are having a positive effect on our dogs but at the same time becoming as convenient as possible in our own busy lives.
But this problem will have a huge negative impact on your dog.
And this problem is INCORRECT feeding amounts.
When it comes to weight, overweight or underweight German Shepherd is not healthy and is not happy.
Improper weight can significantly increase the chances of health problems developing such as:
- The weakening of the immune system
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Skin and coat problems, such as hair loss
- Disorders of the hormonal balance
- Slowed wound healing
- Shortened life expectancy
- Reduction of bone density
- muscle loss
- Increased chance of hip & joint problems
- Poor energy levels
- Behavioral problems
- Decreasing physical resilience
These problems are amplified with a breed such as the German Shepherd which is already at a high risk of a number of hereditary problems.
By keeping your German Shepherds an ideal weight and fit, you’re helping them live a pain-free life to the best possible degree and you can achieve this by feeding the correct amount at each mealtime.
The first thing to know when tackling this is knowing how to know your dog is an ideal weight or not. So, let’s explore that a little.
There are essentially 9 steps your dog can take from severely underweight to ideal to obese.
1. Emaciated: Ribs, spine, and hip bones are visible from a distance. No discernible body fat and an obvious loss of muscle mass.
2. Very thin: Ribs, spine, and hip bones are easily visible. No palpable body fat and minimal loss of muscle mass.
3. Thin: Ribs can be easily felt and may be visible with no palpable fat. The top of the spine is visible and hip bones may also be prominent.
4. Underweight: Ribs can be easily felt with minimal fat covering. The waist is easily noted when viewed from above. An “abdominal tuck” is also present, meaning that the abdomen appears tucked up behind the rib cage when viewed from the side.
5. Ideal: Well-proportioned. Ribs can be easily felt without excess fat covering. Waist can be observed behind the ribs when viewed from above. Abdominal tuck is present.
6. Overweight: Ribs can be felt through a slight excess fat covering. The waist is visible from above, but not prominent. Abdominal tuck is present.
7. Heavy: Ribs are difficult to feel under a heavy fat covering. Noticeable fat deposits over the lower back and base of the tail. The waistline is absent or barely visible and the abdomen may appear obviously rounded or saggy.
8. Obese: Ribs can only be felt with heavy pressure. Significant fat deposits over the lower back and base of the tail. Waist and abdominal tuck are both absent. Obvious abdominal distention may also be present.
9. Severely obese: Ribs cannot be felt under a very heavy fat covering. Large fat deposits are seen over the neck, chest, spine, and base of the tail. Waist and abdominal tuck are both absent. Obvious abdominal distention and a broad, flat back may also be present.
How to Feed a German Shepherd Correctly
1.) Practice Controlled Feeding — So this is consulting your vet to decide the feeding amount, and also looking at the dog feed labels, and attribute the correct amount to the weight of your dog
2.) Skip the table scraps — this is a huge reason for overweight dogs.
3.) Adjust Seasonally — If your dog is getting less exercise in the winter, adjust its portions.
4.) Weigh your dog — You can get scales for this or visit your vet once again.
5.) Don’t give them too many treats.
6.) Adjust their exercise regiment if they are becoming overweight
7.) Look at a food delivery service — I know a lot of German Shepherd owners who use MyOllie.com, they use the highest quality food and develop tailored meals for each breed, you give them their size, age, and weight and they will do the rest for you and is delivered straight to your door.
Now if you can keep your German Shepherd at an ideal weight, you can be certain they will be happier and healthier.
And if you can stay disciplined and keep on top of their weight, we can feel happy that we are giving them the best life we possibly can.
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So, that was the German Shepherd Super Tip for today, I hope you guys found that useful.
What I want to know is how you guys keep your German Shepherds weight down, leave a comment below letting us know.