Safety Tips : Feeding & Watering
your German Shepherd Dog...

A word of caution: 

Immediately prior to or following strenuous exercise, do not feed your dog or allow it to drink large quantities of water.   German Shepherds can be prone to torsion, or twisting of the gut, due to their large, deep chest and intestinal cavity.  They can also fall victim to a condition known as bloat,  if allowed to eat or drink to excess just prior to or following hard or strenuous exercise... Ice cubes or chips are a great way to cool your dog and help to lower it's body temperature.  Given sparingly following heavy exercise or in extremely hot weather, this is very effective in preventing your dog from becoming overheated, and in keeping your dog hydrated.  **These medical occurrences present a most serious and life threatening situation, requiring immediate veterinary attention.

A large block of ice is helpful in discouraging over consumption of water following exercise, and will keep the young dogs occupied for long periods while not allowing them to ingest too much water or to take it in too quickly.  


A good rule of thumb to follow when exercise is anticipated for your dog is to allow a minimum of the  "half hour rule" time span to elapse, prior to and following your dog's eating or drinking schedule...

 ** See our "Informational links" page for links to sites with raw diet information.......
       With new pages always being added!   

  ** See our "Informational Link on Diarrhea"  in puppies.........this is very important to know !


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Schraderhaus K9
Quality Working German Shepherd Dogs
Roy, WA. (United States)

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