Miniature American Shepherd Food and Health
To keep maintain optimal health, it’s important that you are feeding your Miniature American Shepherd a well-balanced diet. Puppies between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks should be feed four small meals a day. Between the ages of 3 and 6 months, feed your dog three medium-sized meals a day, and two larger meals a day between the ages of 6 and 12 months. By the time a Miniature American Shepherd is 1 year old, one large meal a day is sufficient.
To make feeding as easy as possible, feeding a Miniature American Shepherd high-quality dry kibble is recommended, such as natural adult dry dog food or grain free dry dog food. Pure animal protein from fish, turkey, or chicken like food original turkey & chicken, for example, should always be listed as the first ingredient. You can mix the kibble with water or broth if your dog prefers. You can also feed this breed canned food; but again, make sure that it is a high-quality variety.
Miniature American Shepherds enjoy many types of fruits and vegetables; however, avoid grapes and raisins, as they can be hazardous to their health. They also like cheese and cooked eggs. Reserve these foods as treats, though, to avoid excess weight gain and to ensure nutritional needs are being met.
This breed is genetically predisposed to certain health conditions, such as spinal cord disease (degenerative myelopathy), eye defects, and hip dysplasia. Additionally, due to their high energy levels and curiosity – and the lifestyle of your dog – there is a risk of injuries. In order to avoid exorbitant medical costs, consider investing in pet insurance. There are several reputable providers that offer insurance at an affordable rate, including Nationwide and Geico.