Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Healthy Great Dane Diet: 5 Tips For The Perfect Diet

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Anna Olson
Mar 27 ·

Choosing the right dog food for your Great Dane may be stressful for you. This large breed has its own nutritional needs, and health issues which may be exacerbated by low-quality foods. Our list of five tips can help you find or create a healthy Great Dane diet.

Feeding Your Great Dane

A healthy Great Dane diet will contain around 24% protein with 12-14% fat content. Healthy carbs for Great Danes can be derived from brown rice, barley, potato, and sweet potato. There are a few options for types of food, including home cooked or raw diets. Here are five diet tips to make choosing the right food for your Great Dane easier.

1. Go For Smaller Meals

Great Danes, as a breed, are prone to bloat, a painful and potentially life-threatening digestive condition. With bloat-prone dogs, it’s better to feed them 2-3 smaller meals per day than one large meal. Spacing out meals and treats will also mean your Great Dane won’t have hungry periods throughout the day.

2. Look For At Least Two Meats

Since Great Danes are a large breed, they will need a slightly higher protein content in their food. This will aid in the proper growth of their bones and muscles. Look for at least two sources of animal protein early in the ingredient list of their food.

Healthy Great Dane Diet

3. Age Up Their Diet

Puppies will generally need higher protein and fat content in their food than adult dogs. Therefore, make sure to find a premium puppy food with an appropriate calcium to phosphorus ratio. With Great Danes, you will want to be careful not to overfeed puppies, as growing too quickly may result in joint and bone issues. Switch over to a large-breed adult food once your Great Dane reaches 18 months.

4. Avoid Additives

Your dog’s food doesn’t need chemical additives or dyes. Your Great Dane won’t be able to tell what color it is anyway. More importantly, extra chemicals may cause or aggravate health issues.

5. Avoid A Grain-Free Diet Unless Your Vet Prescribes It

Though grain-free pet diets are becoming more popular, they are not recommended for most Great Danes. Experts have recently correlated an increase in grain-free diets with higher rates of cardiomyopathy in large dog breeds. There are exceptions, like if your vet diagnoses a grain allergy.

Healthy Great Dane Diet

 

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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