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Balanced Healthy Diet Plan For Large Breed Dogs

Updated on January 8, 2013

Dietary requirements for large dog breeds

The feeding schedule and diet of large dogs are extremely different from the small breed of dogs. The nutritional needs of large breed dogs change with age and hence they require targeted nutrition to support their unique needs. The large breed dogs usually reach maturity only after 18 months even though they weigh about five times than the time of their birth within a short period as one month. So they have to be fed properly without excess calories.

A balanced diet with low fat

Large breed puppies usually suffer from severe and devastating bone disorders due to its great weight. So they shouldn’t be fed too much during their maturing years because the fat increases the stress on dog’s joints. The muscles of large breed dogs usually develop after five months up to its maturity. Natural proteins, appropriate amount of calcium and phosphorous levels in the food of large breed puppies will help them in properly maintaining their muscles and bones. Too much food may result in painful conditions in big dogs. A balanced diet should be selected for such breeds. It’s better to provide such dogs with a home diet rather than commercial foods that may result in many disorders. Even if you select commercial food, avoid the cheap dry foods from supermarkets. Expensive food like Advance and Science diet is better for dogs. Adult dogs usually have two large meals a day. For this a diet has to be designed in such a way that meets the correct amount of nutrition and the exact types of foods to keep them active and slender.

Digestive care for large dogs

Large breed puppies need more energy than the adult. Food for puppies less than five months should be selected in such a way that is dense, higher in energy, reaches its nutritional needs and digests easily. To maintain the digestive health in large dogs, it’s good to feed them with whole brown rice, whole grain oatmeal, rice bran and beet pulp. Feeding them with chicken and beef will help in limiting the undigested food that reaches the large intestine and is also the best source of protein in their food.

Essential acids for a healthy appearance

In order to keep the skin, coat and the teeth of dogs healthy, it’s necessary to provide them with essential fatty acids. Try to incorporate acids and proteins in your large dog’s diet. This makes the dog’s coat shinier and the bones stronger and healthier.

You can increase the life of your pet by providing the essential nutrition in its food. Even though most of the large dogs have big appetite but low metabolism when compared to smaller breeds, there are some large breeds that require less body fat and higher energy requirements. The best way to schedule your pet’s diet is to consult your veterinarian and decide on what is best for your dog and design a diet. Proper care and attention that you give to your dog is the key to keep it healthy and lively for longer.


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      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi Eiddwen,

      Thanks for your supportive comment.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

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