Most veterinarians consider any dog, regardless of breed or mix of breeds, that weighs between 50-100 pounds to be a large-breed dog, and those big dogs come with big responsibility! Like every dog type, large pups have their own unique set of needs. Are you considering getting a large breed puppy? Owning one is very different than owning a small dog, they can be an amazing addition to your family, or a bringer of disorder if you aren't a caring pet parent.
These extra-large dogs are generally truly gentle giants, affectionate and loyal, however owning a big pet comes with added responsibility because they require space to move around, and time that not everyone can spare. If you’re an owner of a large breed dog or are thinking of becoming one, here are some things as a large breed dog owner you should know to ensure he is happy and healthy.
Large breed dogs include:
Being a responsible pet owner means be aware of the medical challenges large breed dogs face. Large breed dogs are often candidates for bloat (or gastric torsion), arthritis, and joint problems can be common due to their size and weight. Some of the common signs for these concerns include if your dog is running less, moving slower, or avoiding stairs.
Although this may vary by breed and life stage, large dogs tend to have these issues:
A few things that can help to increase their longevity are education, nutrition, plentiful exercise (hire a professional dog walker to help if needed!), and quality care. Educating yourself on unique large breed health problems in order to provide the best care possible for your pet is important to have a healthy dog!
You’ll want to feed your best friend the right food for his size while ensuring he maintains a healthy weight. Your big buddy will have very different nutritional needs from a miniature because you have to keep in mind that a large dog breed puppy will grow quickly throughout the first months of its life. Their food needs to have enough protein and calcium sources but you also need to make sure that their caloric intake isn’t excessive. You can also get advice from your vet on the best diet plan for every stage of their growth.
You have to make sure your giant dog visits the vet for checkups, and these should occur at least once or twice a year. As your giant dog approaches senior years, see the vet at least twice a year so health problems may be detected before they get out of control. You can also ask your vet at Salazar Veterinary Hospital for recommendations, they will also advise you about supplements and other things you can do to support your giant dog's health.
With the correct, giant-friendly nutrition, exercise, and grooming support, you can equip your big pal with the tools needed to live a fruitful, happy, and healthy life.
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