How to Deal With a Pet That Has a Specialized Diet

May 27, 2022

Catering to a pet with a specialized diet can be daunting, but it's important to ensure your mini Australian Shepherd Ontario companion gets all the nutrients it needs.

However, don't worry - with a little study and preparation, you may guarantee that your companion is getting all the nutrients it requires. We've already done some legwork for you, so keep reading.

The Importance of Getting a Dog (like a mini Australian Shepherd) from a Licensed and Provincially Inspected Kennel and Breeder in Ontario

This is a critical point that must you cannot ignore. Specialized diets often arise from health concerns that could have been avoided if the dog had been purchased from a reputable, ethical, licensed breeder. Your dog’s future depends on the fact that it comes from parents with genetically sound bloodlines.

You're taking a risk when you buy a dog from an unlicensed backyard breeder or pet store. The dog's parents may not have been properly screened for genetic diseases, meaning your puppy could be predisposed to issues that will require a specialized diet to mitigate.

Furthermore, puppies from unlicensed breeders are more likely to be raised in unsanitary conditions, leading to health problems. 

At Select Kennels, we only sell mini Australian Shepherds. We breed and raise our mini Australian Shepherd in a clean, safe, loving environment in Ontario. Our puppies have had their vaccinations and examinations by a licensed veterinarian.

Select Kennels acknowledges responsibility for each and every puppy produced and stands behind every dog they have bred. They assure you of the background and heredity of each dog.

When you purchase one of our mini Australian shepherds, you can be confident that you're getting a healthy, happy puppy or dog. 

Is it important to feed animals a nutritious diet?

Of course, it is important to give a nutritious diet to animals.  Choosing the right food for your pet is important. There are many different types of healthy and specialized pet food available, so it's best to discuss options with your knowledgeable, licensed breeder. 

Once you've discussed the best food option for your puppy with your breeder, it’s best to follow the feeding schedule that your breeder already has them on. They must eat the same thing at the same time every day so their body can get used to it. 

A quality, licensed breeder will already have your prospective puppy on a good schedule that will also help with your house training, and it will also help the puppy sleep all night long.

And remember, always give them plenty of fresh water to drink. It is also a good idea to give your puppy ice cubes to lick and chew on during the hot summer months. You can ensure your pet is healthy and happy with a little time and effort.

How can I give my dog a balanced diet?

A balanced diet for a dog contains all of the nutrients they need in the right proportions. Dogs need protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water.

Protein is vital for muscle development and repair and can be found in meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. 

Fat is a good source of energy and helps to absorb certain vitamins. Puppy food with high DHA is important for healthy brain development. 

Carbohydrates provide energy and fibre, The best sources are grains, vegetables, and fruits. 

Vitamins and minerals are essential for many bodily functions. The best sources are fresh foods or supplements.

Water is necessary for all cells and organs to function properly, so make sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water.

The best way to ensure your dog gets all of the nutrients they need is to feed them a balanced diet containing all of the major food groups.

The reason for creating special diets, particularly for certain dogs

Puppies need more calories and protein than adults because they grow and develop rapidly.

Senior dogs need fewer calories as they tend to be less active and may need special supplements to help keep their bones and muscles healthy.

Likewise, large breed dogs need a diet that is higher in calories and protein to help them grow, while small breed dogs need lower calories to prevent them from gaining too much weight.

A Dog's breeding and diet can prevent medical conditions

Low fat

Feeding your dog a low-fat diet will prevent medical conditions such as pancreatitis, liver disease, and certain types of cancer.

It is important not to feed your dog bacon and fatty meat off the dinner table. This will help reduce the amount of fat that the dog's body has to process, making it easier on the organs.


By purchasing a puppy from a quality, licensed breeder that has dogs with proven bloodlines, you should have no issues with things like allergies. Most dogs do well on a chicken-based diet, but from time to time, they may switch to dog foods that contain proteins like rabbit, herring, venison, bison, duck, and salmon. 

It is always an excellent idea to reach out to your knowledgeable, licensed breeder to discuss dietary options before changing foods.

What are some of the benefits of feeding my dog a healthy diet?

There are many benefits to feeding your dog a specialized diet, such as:

  • improved digestion
  • more energy
  • shinier coat
  • smaller stools
  • better breath
  • healthier skin and coat

A healthy diet can also help prevent certain medical conditions, such as allergies, joint problems, and obesity. 

Feeding your dog a healthy diet may also help to extend their life by keeping them healthy and preventing chronic diseases

How can I tell if my dog is getting enough of the right nutrients?

There are some ways to tell if your dog is getting enough of the right nutrients, such as:

  • looking at their coat - a healthy coat should be shiny and soft
  • looking at their stools - healthy stools should be firm and small
  • checking their energy levels - a healthy dog should have plenty of energy

If you think that your dog is not getting enough of the right nutrients, or if you have any concerns about their diet, consult your breeder. 

An ethical, licensed breeder can provide you with information before calling a veterinarian. A knowledgeable breeder will be able to recommend a course of action to keep your dog healthy.

Final Thoughts

You can ensure the health and happiness of your puppy with a little effort.

Select Kennels is dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pet. We are licensed and provincially inspected in Ontario. 

As an ethical breeder of mini Australian Shepherds, we do not do any inbreeding. We give our mothers time off between litters and only breed one to four times in their lives. Our dogs have proven bloodlines which produce genetically sound puppies. As a result, our dogs are less likely to ever require a specialized diet. 

A three year genetic guarantee also backs our mini Australian Shepherd - Ontario puppies.

For more information about our mini Australian shepherd puppies or to schedule a visit, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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