First of all I know this topic may be the holy grail and possibly beaten to death on this board
Secondly I hope this need not be of concern to only GSD owners in India but people from everywhere. Who can give their expert opinions
However I will still ask this question....
What is the best diest for a GSD right from Puppy hood till the mature age from an Indian climatic /weather conditions point of view
1) IS BARF the best way ( Too proteinic rich keeping in mind the heat and humidity in the country)
2) Is the professional kibble the best
3) IS the Home cooked Vegies/Meats the best (Rememeber Beef is not so commonly available in lot of parts of India)
4) OR is there a middle path a balance to be struck
I Know a lot of people have the opinion that one size does not fit all so its a trial an error game but the dogs ageing is a one way street and if damage is done in the formative years (Skeletal due to the Kibble /Professional dry foods) then it is not rectifiable
I know I have talked a lot but in reply a simple URL directing me to the information I can read up would be of immense help
regards to all
I do a mix of the working dog diet and the puppy diet regardless of age, sex, pregnant or not! Keeps the dogs "in coat" all year long.
wher are you from? Im in Delhi,
As far as your question goes:
Its nice to give ready dog food specialy at puppy age becasue its very very balanced. The puppy does not become over wieight or is not light if the proper diet chart is followed, Ofcourse once size does not fit all in this case so you got to see how much is best for your pup/dog.
Puppy food is richer and high content food.
Its nice to give Pregnant bitches and Adult dogs puppy food at times, you'v got to keep switching as and how the requirement is.
Dogs to need a change and do get sick and tired of regular Dog Food so its nice to mix and match with home cooked food at times. Eg Rice and beef/meat is popular amongst the breedeers.
A healthy dog is a haapy dog!
thanks for your advice. I'm in Gurgaon. Lets hook up sometime
my number is 9818156666
Vikram, if u r feeding dryfood in india - male sure you reduce the suggested quantity by 20%.
I agree with Mr./Ms.Howdedo that you should reduce the quantity of dryfood in India particularly during summer.
I have started raw food(I keep it in boiling water for 2-3mins)and am having fantastic results.Volume and coat condition changing very fast.Also very good improvement in stool formation.However I avoid Chicken bones except neck and go for the rounded bones of lamb.I also add a spoonfull of Cheese.I give my dogs homemade cottage cheese and eggs for breakfast and raw food in the evening.I winters you may add a spoon of Olive oil or butter in the diet.
Dear friends from India,
I live in North America and as Sham recommended fed my growing puppy on BestBreed. As I have been several times to your wonderful country I realize that the cost of importing this food must be phenomenal. I fed my puppy this food because it was tied to a contract with the breeder and this breeder received commission on the food. I did not realize this at the time.
Considering your import tax and restrictions, it probably would do you all a world of good to find a good canine nutritionist that could help you further.
Everything natural that you can add to your dog food is good. If you boil vegetables, baste the food with the water run-off.
I admire you who are promoting and loving our breed in your country. I hope the local politics for you all ceases so you can find a fair playing ground. Your country happens to be one of the favorite on my lists.
Strange, hey? From North America? Just keep the breed well and love your dogs. They will for sure thrive in your good hands.
so you are suggesting that chicken is not as good as Beef or Lamb Or Goat meat?? And that one should avoid it??
I forgot to mention. You do not have to feed beef to your dogs. Pork and poultry will do just fine for the additional kick. In fact, dogs do prefer pork in taste to beef.
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