Diet & Nutrition
We strive to breed genetically sound Toy Australian Shepherds. But, genetics are only a part of raising a healthy dog. Nutrition plays a critical role in life time health. Many dog foods cannot be relied upon to meet your dog’s nutritional requirements and nutrition can be attributed to a number of health issues.
We don’t feel there is one right way to feed a dog, nor do we believe there is a “perfect” dog food. There are multiple factors, including the individual dog and your lifestyle. For some, kibble is preferred due to it being readily available, and for others, pleasure is found in fresh, wholesome, meals for their pets. We have tried many different foods over the years, and we have spent countless hours speaking to several veterinarians and researching dog food and we have our favorites.
We Keep our Puppies
On a Rotating Diet
Whether you decide to feed a dry or fresh food, or a combo of both, rotating your pet's food provides them with variety, which is important not just for appetite, but for health. Like with humans, a varied diet is healthy for dogs. It keeps them interested in their food while enhancing the diversity of their microbiome. It reduces the risk of allergies and food intolerances, as well as helping prevent potential issues down the road.
For Dry Food: We have a large food storage container and mix all three foods in the container. We realize that this is not reasonable for everyone. For us, having our puppies on three foods give you the option to choose one of the three flavors to continue feeding your puppy if you prefer sticking with one.
For Fresh Food: Pet Plate offers 6 different flavors that come in recyclable, pre-portioned containers personalized for your specific puppies needs. Fresh cooked meals are perishable and need to be kept in the freezer or the fridge. They should be stored in the freezer long term, up to 1 year, and can be thawed in the refrigerator. Once they are thawed in the fridge, you should use them within 5 days.
Once our pups begin to wean, we feed them a combination of 3 dry dogs foods:
- Purina Pro Plan Puppy Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula
- Purina Pro Plan Puppy Lamb & Rice Formula
- Royal Canin Puppy (Small)
Our Pups are picked by their furever family at 7 weeks old, at that time we offer some options for a smooth transition:
- Don't change anything and continue with the 3 dry kibbles. You will want to select this option is you plan to change to a new food entirely, or if you want to stick with 1, 2, or 3 of the kibbles we use.
- Transition your pup 100% to Pet Plates Vet-designed, fresh-cooked, made with real human-grade ingredients food.
- Combo of both Dry & Fresh
If you want to feed your pup a 100% fresh-cooked diet that is complete & balanced, then we recommend Pet Plates Full Plan. If you want to add some fresh-cooked food to your puppy's dry kibble, then we recommend Pet Plates Topper Plan. Topper plans come with the same meals you’d get in the full plan, but they send fewer containers per shipment and you have flexibility with the amount of food you choose to feed.
Pet Plates Fresh Food
For the last couple of years I have been trying and testing several of the leading Fresh Foods for Dogs on the market today, and I can honestly say Pet Plate is my favorite. It is by far the least messy, in fact, it's not messy at all, easy to store, and I love that their all of their packaging is 100% recyclable: the box, liner, container holders, and dry ice holder can all be recycled in your curbside cardboard bin. The FreshCooked containers can be recycled in your glass/metal/plastic recycle bin.
How it works:
- Personalize your pet's meals: Share your pup’s unique characteristics and they'll craft the perfect meal plan for a healthy diet your puppy will love.
- Cooked fresh & portioned: Their meals are made with human-grade ingredients in a USDA kitchen. Every batch is hot-filled for safety and flash-frozen to lock in freshness.
- Delivery: Delivered right to your door along with a personalized feeding guide.
If you'd like to place an order I can offer you an exclusive 60% off your first two boxes of meals, treats, and supplements. This is a big savings of $120 on average so definitely take advantage. It's only valid for new customers.
Offer only valid for new customers - Misty's Toy Aussies will receive a small one time commision for all new orders which helps offset the cost of feeding your pup Pet Plate to ease with the transition.
Treats + Supplements
VET DESIGNED + MADE IN HUMAN GRADE KITCHENS + ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
A common health issue with any small breed dog is luxating patella’s (bad knees). Puppies/dogs can cause joint issues by doing simple everyday activities like running, jumping, slippery floors, etc. Because of this, we recommend putting your pet on a supplement to support hip and joint health and maintain mobility. While it won't prevent luxating patella from developing, it may have beneficial effects of protecting the joints. Here is a study that provided Labrador retriever puppies with a diet enriched with joint nutraceuticals (including glucosamine & chondroitin) that showed joint protective effects.