Care and Diet Information for your new GSD Puppy.
Well, the big day has finally arrived, and you have just picked up your new precious little bundle of joy and are taking him /her home. If you have a long way to travel, take some water for small drinks for the puppy and a towel to wet if necessary and put under the puppy if it is distressed by the heat. Many puppies will get car sick as they are not used to car travel.

When you get home the fun begins.There is an initial settling in period which can last up to 10-14 days.Which means you are in for a few noisy nights and days.
The puppy of course will prefer to sleep with you, this is a fairly noiseless way to sleep otherwise  you can put the puppy in the laundry at night with a few old blankets and some water. Leaving  the  radio on can also be helpful.
                     NATURAL FRESH  RAW FOOD IS BEST.

It has all the vitamins and minerals your puppy needs for a healthy start in life, and it's free of preservatives and colourings  that you can find in  most commercial dry and tin foods.
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Offer your puppy a bit of  raw minced meat,beef, lamb,chicken.... it doesn't matter.
Not totally lean, not too fatty. .... WOOF ! Gone ?  Great, excellent ! Is your puppy still hungry ?  Here's some other things you can also feed your puppy to balance it's diet:
Rolled Oats are a suitable food for puppies, in fact for dogs of all ages, but not in large amounts .Use the quick cooking ones as they have been broken into very small pieces and are easier to digest.  In to this  porridge meal add an egg and some fresh goat's milk ( this milk contains no lactose and most puppies can tolerate it well).
Vegetables  and fruit are best fed raw.Put them through the juicer and then recombine the pulp and the juice. In to cup of this vegetable or fruit  mash, you can add a beaten egg, some brewers yeast,  kelp powder, cottage cheese or some natural yogurt, they are all excellent growth foods for your puppy.

Other foods you can use include:
Animal Products: Raw meaty (brisket) bones, lamb breasts  and raw chicken wings  you can give as the puppy gets a little bit older,and always under supervision. With the chicken wings, bash them with a hammer till all bones are broken, then offer them to the pup.You can also give -  Muscle meat from chicken, lamb or beef, Organ meat such as liver and hearts from beef and lamb, brains, eggs, especially the yolk, cheese and cottage cheese, natural plain yogurt,

Seafoods: Any fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and sardines.

Plant products: Fresh, green leafy vegetables such as spinach,which has a very high source of Vitamin E, cauliflower, broccoli,pumpkin,
brussell sprouts, capsicum, zuccini, sweet potatoes (the yellow ones), squash, carrots, alfalfa sprouts  and capsicum.

Fresh fruits such as bananas, apples, strawberries, pears, rockmelon. mangos.

Legumes, peas, lentils, whole grains such as brown rice, oats, wheat germ, wheat or barley bran, wholemeal bread.

Miscellaneous: Brewer's yeast, kelp, garlic, molasses.

Oils: Cod liver oil ( especially in winter), olive oil, corn, sunflower , grapeseed and canola oils are also suitable.
Put vegetables and fruit through a blender and use the juice and pulp. The puppy will be able to digest better this blended mixture instead of little pieces.

  The diet should consist of:         60% - 80%  Raw Meaty Bones.

Give the bones separate to the rest of the meals and make up the 40%  with vegies, fruit, rice, oats, legumes, cheese, eggs, fish etc.


Do not allow your puppy  and or adult dog to become fat or roly poly. Keep your puppy slim, active and athletic.If you are not sure if it is too fat, too thin or just right, then check with your vet.
Overfeeding is propably the single most common health concern in dogs.A fat dog cannot engage in the kind of exersise required for good physical and mental health and is at risk of developing degenerative joint disease.

This is the most important. Clean and dry dog runs and bedding, good food, freedom from flies etc, provide shelter from heat, cold and rain, and you will have  a  healthy pup that is less prone to gastric upsets.Cleanliness is essential from washing the feed bowl, change and give fresh water daily, and make sure the food is not contaminated or has been left out for a long time before feeding.

EARS : Check your puppy's ears at least once every two weeks. If there is an infection, the puppy will be hanging it's head to one side, or will have pain when handled near the ears.

FEET : When cutting nails, cut off the hook on the end of the nail. Use the flat (straight edge)of the nail as the base line.

PADS : Examine the pads often as they are exposed to excessive wear and tear, cuts and abrasions. If the foot is sore the pup will be reluctant to stand.
'Wool Fat" is a wonderful  cheap product which can be used for foot irritations and cuts.It is available from most chemists. Apply to peds once or twice a day for a week and the problem will dissappear.

SKIN AND COAT CARE : Do not wash your puppy too often !
German Shepherds have a very resistant coat and do not need a weekly wash, especially in the colder months.Generally washing is only necessary if the dog has skin problems such as exzema or if  it is very dirty.

BLOAT: Bloat is a dilation and /or torsion of the stomach, which is usually accompanied by gas build up.Bloat can be accompanied by,and often caused by, a torsion of the spleen.It is a very rapidly developing and serious condition,which if not treated immediately, can result in a high mortality rate.

PREVENTION OF BLOAT: Do not allow your dog to exersise  for at least 2 hours before and after meals, paricularly in hot weather.If he eats too quickly, feed smaller portions of food, twice daily and live limited amounts of water.If the weather is hot, feed  your dog late at night after it had cooled down. Avoid excessively salty foods such as cheezels, corned beef and food preserved in brine, ham and ham bones.
It is most important to lock up you dog in a confined area before and after his meal.
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