What to Consider When Feeding Your Large Breed Dog
As you’ve probably figured out by now, your large breed dog can go through a lo-o-o-ot of food. The simple reason: large dogs have larger stomachs. But what you may not know is that large breed dogs also have special nutritional requirements. That’s why giving your dog a food specially formulated for large breeds is important for providing him with the right balance of nutrients.
Here are some key ideas to consider when feeding your large breed dog.
Nutrient Availability is Key
Most large breed dog foods adjust the levels of protein and fat, usually less than standard diets. Therefore, the availability of those nutrients is even more important for your large breed dog. High quality ingredients and high quality processing are both key. Look for a food that starts with fresh meat, like chicken, as the main source of protein and fat.
A Weighty Issue
Sadly, many dogs in the US are overweight. It’s really important for your large dog’s health not to let him become overweight. That added weight can put extra stress on his hips and other joints, and can cause skeletal problems because size magnifies the wear and tear on a large dogs joints.
Feeding your dog the right amount of food can help support a healthy weight and longer life. So, how much is the right amount? All dog foods provide feeding guidelines on the package. But you’ll want to adjust the amount you feed your dog based on her activities, lifestyle, and weight.
To assess your dog’s condition based on weight, visit our easy Canine Obesity Check.
Choose the Right Dog Food
In addition to feeding the right amount, it’s equally important to make sure you’re feeding a high quality food. Choose one with real meat as the primary ingredient, like Bil•Jac’s Large Breed Dog Food. High quality protein is an essential ingredient in your large breed dog’s diet. Avoid large breed formulas that use fillers. While this may help keep the weight off, it is not as good for building muscle. As your dog ages and becomes more sedentary, poor muscle tone can set in if you aren’t feeding her a high quality, large breed food. When muscle tone starts to break down, it can trigger a downward spiral in your dog’s overall health.
Big Dogs Mean Big Love
One of the greatest rewards of having a large breed dog is the huge amount of love they give. Keep yours healthy for life with a well-balanced, nutritionally complete food specifically designed for large breed dogs. Once you give him all he needs for a long and healthy life, the rest is gravy.
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