You have a new Toy Australian Shepherd so you now need to choose their dog food. It’s an important question for every new Toy Australian Shepherd owner! Feeding your dog right, with food they enjoy is going to keep him or her going, but it goes much deeper than that. Well balanced and high quality food is going to strengthen their immune system, maintain a clean and shiny coat as well as give your friend energy to make it through the day. The problem is, the options can be endless when it comes to the different kinds of foods! We are going to give you a few tips here to help sort through all the different types of food to find the food that’s best for your dog.
Labels are a great first step in determining what food brand and type of food you are going to buy. Here are some items to look for:
1. Manufacturer and Brand Name – The reputation of the manufacturer is huge in deciding if the food meets high quality standards. Quality pet foods are based on science and backed by research.
2. Nutritional Adequacy Statement – This tells you whether the food is for a specific stage in your pets life or for all life stages. It also indicates whether or not the product contains a complete and balanced nutrition.
3. Guaranteed Analysis – Certain nutrient guarantees are required on the label of all pet foods. This section of the label provides minimum guarantees for protein and fat, and maximum guarantees for moisture and fiber.
4. Ingredients Listing – Ingredients are listed in high to low order according to how much of that ingredient the product contains. The ingredients section provides nutrients such as fat, protein, vitamins and minerals.
5. Feeding Directions – This section includes the amount of food that is recommended according to the size of the animal, which should be used as a starting point to decide the type of pet food you want.
Which Dog Food is right for Your Toy Australian Shepherd?
Know that there is no such thing as the “perfect” dog food for every pet. Every kind of dog food you find is going to be good for some pets, but not good for others. You’ll notice that some brands are labeled as “Premium” and some are not. Here are a few examples of the differences:
- Premium Nutrition Food
- Basic Nutrition Food
- Higher digestibility
- No need for additional supplements
- Smaller portions needed
- Scientifically researched
- Consistent ingredients
- More palatable
- Lower stool volume
- Same or lower cost per serving
- Lower quality ingredients make food less digestible
- Not 100% nutritionally complete
- Need to feed more because of less nutrients
- Lower quality protein and fats
- More sugars and artificial colors
- Use of ingredients that are readily available and not consistent
- Dry vs Canned Dog Food
You will find in your research that there is dry as well as canned dog food. Dry pet food provides the best value for its nutrition, and canned pet food costs twice as much. Canned pet food is usually more tasty to animals, but it is also about 72% water. Because canned food is mostly water, pets will need to consume a greater amount in order to get the same nutrition as dry food.
One example of a healthy adult dry food is IAMS Dog Food. IAMS Dog Food is made with high quality ingredients & no fillers. It’s made with real wholesome ingredients and veteranarians recommend IAMS. Here’s a handy link straight through to Buy it Now:
A huge factor is the age of your dog. Younger Toy Aussie’s are usually more active, and as a result will probably need more calories than older, heavier dogs. Older Toy Aussie’s may need a dog food type that is lower in calories and fat because they are usually less active. Be aware that older dogs could potentially have a harder time digesting anything more than bland dog food.
Puppy food is also known as “growth formula.” Once your bouncy little Toy Australian Shepherd reaches around 12 months, you should switch to adult food. In general, larger puppies mature slower than small- to medium-sized puppies. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations about when to switch to adult food. Here’s a handy link straight through to Buy it Now:
Once your Toy Australian Shepherd has entered the adult stage of life, switching from puppy food should reduce the levels of fat, protein, salt and phosphorous in their diet because your precious Toy Aussie no longer needs the ingredients for growth.
Many companies who produce pet food make special foods for dogs who are considered a senior age. These foods usually have a reduction in protein and calories. Whilst Toy Australian Shepherds will always be on the active side, senior dogs probably won’t be as active as they were as puppies (you can finally catch your breath) so you should cut down on the quantity of food you provide. A Toy Aussie who is overweight will suffer from more stress on the joints; hello arthritis! Their little Toy Aussie’s heart will also have to work harder the more your dog weighs at an older age. If your senior Toy Aussie is still hungry, feed them a serving of carrots or other vegetables. Your veterinarian can be helpful in suggesting diets or medication for conditions such as arthritis. Here’s a handy link straight through to Buy it Now:
**IMPORTANT IF SWITCHING DOG FOODS**
Bacteria normal to the intestine of your Toy Aussie helps it digest food. A rapid change in food could possibly result in changes in the types and number of these bacteria, making it harder for food to be digested. This could result in an upset feeling in the intestine. To avoid complications, introduce a new food slowly, over the course of no less than 7-10 days. Start with a mixture of 25% new and 75% old food, and feed that to your dog for at least 3 days. If your dog has no problems with this, increase to a 50% mixture of each type of food for 3 days, and finally a mixture of 75% new food and 25% old food for 3 days. At this point in time, your Toy Australian Shepherd should be ready to eat strictly the new food. If any problems occur, it is best to see your veterinarian for advice.
After you have made sure the food is nutritionally adequate, inspect your Toy Aussie after they have been on the new food for at least a month. Bright eyes, a shiny coat, good body condition (not too thin or overweight), and good energy will let you know you are doing a good job with your Toy Australian Shepherd’s nutrition.