Feeding puppies: large breed dogs

Nutrition and growth of large breed dogs

The correct nutrition of puppies of large and giant dogs, which as adults reach 25 to 45 kg in weight and over, should provide a balanced amount of nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and easily absorbed minerals, without causing disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract. Look for the best dog food for large breeds.

Puppies of any breed, and especially large breeds, grow much faster than they should nowadays and, at only six months, have a build very similar to that of an adult dog. The real causes of the phenomenon are:

  • the lack, in almost all pet food on the market, of appropriate quantities of Omega3;
  • the excess of Omega6, due to the use of cereals not balanced by a suitable supply of Omega3 ( fish and fish oil), which causes an abnormal proliferation of all cell lines, especially adipose ones;
  • inflammatory processes in the musculoskeletal system caused by the presence of harmful elements in the diet;
  • the inability of the immune system to perform the task of a fundamental defense mechanism.

All this is very dangerous for the musculoskeletal system and lays the foundations for the unquestionable increase in the incidence of osteoarticular pathologies, such as osteochondritis dissecans, dysplasia, and various upright defects.

The correct diet for large breed dog puppies

It is therefore essential to identify the correct diet! If the body receives high-calorie foods that far exceed its energy and nutritional needs, it will develop into overweight and obesity. This will lead to growth problems, bone deformation, joint deformations: for this reason, a diet with reduced fat content and a balanced dose of calcium and phosphorus is essential. It will be equally essential to guarantee a diet with the presence of the most important naturally derived chondroprotective such as glucosamine and chondroitin; choose a diet with a balanced amount of Omega3 and Omega6 fatty acids, a fundamental factor in ensuring a balance of the musculoskeletal system throughout the adult phase of life; if possible, choose foods with fish as the only protein source, thus ensuring the reduction of food intolerances, very frequent with meat from intensive farming but objectively infrequent with this protein source.

Chondroitin: slows down the degenerative processes of the articular cartilage. It is responsible for the proper development of cartilage and synovial fluid, improving their elasticity.

Glucosamine: performs a preventive and adjuvant function in the treatment of arteries and in the reconstruction of articular cartilages, which are fatally exposed to natural wear.

Omega-3 fatty acids, an important ingredient in the puppy diet that reduces inflammatory reactions in the joints.

Our advice

Puppy Condro Active is food dedicated to puppies to support joint metabolism in case of osteoarthritis.

Puppy Condro Active has been evaluated by the SANY pet  Research and Development Department in three scientific studies that attest to its benefits on musculoskeletal development in growing puppies and on hip and elbow dysplasia in the growth of Labrador retrievers.

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