Pet Care: Tips for Caring for Large Dog Breeds

Owning a large breed or giant breed dog differs significantly from owning a small dog. If you are not careful pet parent, they can be a beautiful addition to your home or a source of chaos. Large dogs are particularly affectionate and cuddly. But due to their size, they also have certain requirements. Large and huge breeds, like German Shepherds and Great Danes, have different nutritional needs, exercise requirements, and developmental priorities than smaller breeds. Giant dog breeds are those that can reach a healthy weight of over 100 pounds on average. They require special measures care and consideration from the time they are puppies until they are adults. (Also read: Is your pet getting old? Here are ways to care for your senior pet )

Pet Care: Tips for Caring for Large Dog Breeds (Unsplash)

Dr. Lior Kamara, veterinarian and founder of Koikivet, shared some important care tips for a large breed of dog in her Instagram post.

  • Choose a quality, balanced diet, specifically adapted to large breeds. They have specific nutritional needs that you should keep in mind when purchasing food for them.
  • Watch their weight. Avoid gaining too much weight, as excess weight makes the joints and pelvis harder, which are already more sensitive in large breeds.⁠
  • It is recommended to consider prophylactic gastropexy during spaying, to prevent gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV).⁠
  • Making sure they are exposed to noises, children and playing with other dogs is very important. A big dog that isn’t used to playing properly can do a lot of damage. Try to keep them in a lively environment.
  • Emphasize good walking during the walk and teach them to walk alongside you and not pull. A big dog that pulls on a leash can take you for a walk, not the other way around.
  • Choose the right size toys. Avoid small balls and toys that could easily be swallowed.
  • Make sure you follow preventive treatments all year round. Treating the problem afterwards will cost much more than prevention. In fact, medications are administered based on the weight of the animal.
  • Large dogs may suffer more from the heat. Therefore, on hot days, take special care.⁠
  • Make sure they have plenty of time to play and exercise. Long walks and playtime are important for releasing energy and staying fit.⁠
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