How to get it? With nutrition that thinks ahead.
Healthy joints and proper weight are especially important for dogs that grow to be over 50 pounds. But not all large and giant breed adult dogs have the same nutritional needs. Is your dog getting proper exercise? Is she about to have puppies? Special conditions can dramatically affect your dog's nutritional demands. Giving her a food specially formulated for her large size, life stage and activity level is the easiest way to make sure she's getting the nutrients she needs.
Joint health is a big concern for owners of large and giant breed dogs. A large/giant-breed formula that contains glucosamine can help nourish healthy joints. A naturally occurring compound, glucosamine supports healthy joints and cartilage, and vitamins and minerals help promote the production of cartilage. Also, keeping your dog at a healthy weight will help minimize joint stress.Return to Top
To address the special needs of your large or giant breed dog, look for these features:
These components are key to good nutrition. Look for them in dry or wet dog food and when you select treats.Return to Top
Dogs with lower activity levels or dog's that have been neutered or spayed are all prone to weight gain. Controlling your dog's weight is an important step toward protecting against the health effects of excess weight, such as diabetes or joint health problems. If you do use a weight-management food, look for these characteristics:
Pregnant dogs have substantial nutrition requirements. Starting in the seventh week of her pregnancy, a mother dog will need to increase her energy intake up to 50% by the time she gives birth and increase it even more when she starts nursing her puppies. Because she may lose her appetite at times, it's important that she eats a nutrient-dense food. A complete, balanced puppy formula can give her the extra nutrients she needs. But avoid puppy food created for large and giant breeds since these formulas contain specially adjusted levels of energy and minerals which may not be sufficient for a pregnant or nursing dog.Return to Top
Dogs who grow to be over 50 pounds are considered mature at age 5 - 6, earlier than small-breed dogs. So, it's critical to make a proactive transition to a specially formulated mature diet to help keep your dog healthy and active as he ages.
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