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Dogwood Animal Hospital

2050 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045

Caring for a Large Dog

November 15 2015

Do you have a big dog? Man’s Best Friend comes in all shapes and sizes. Here at Dogwood Animal Hospital, your Grayson, GA vet clinic, we love them all! Big dogs can be some of the most lovable pups on the planet, but these hefty pooches do present a few specific challenges for pet parents. Read on for some great advice on caring for a giant furbaby.


Nutrition


Good nutrition is crucial to all animal’s health and well-being, but this is especially crucial in big dogs, particularly when they are puppies. Fido will grow very big, very fast! Nutritional deficiencies in large breed puppies can lead to serious health issues down the line. Be sure to feed your pooch a quality food that can meet the demands of that growing furry body. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


Training


Petiquette is extremely important for big dogs. Fido should know and obey at least the five basic commands of good doggy obedience. These commands, which are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down, are particularly crucial for safety reasons in big dogs. If your pet doesn’t have good manners, he can easily overpower you! Proper training can keep your pooch from chasing a smaller animal, or hauling you down the road on his daily walks. Socialization is also very important.


Health Concerns


There are some specific health issues that often affect big dogs. Skin conditions and allergies are not uncommon in large breeds. Bone and joint issues can also become problems, especially as your pooch ages. Many larger breeds should not be encouraged to jump or stand on their hind legs. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Bowls


Fido may find it more comfortable to eat out of an elevated dish. Getting his dinner from a bowl on the floor could strain your canine pal’s neck, or make him splay his legs to eat.


Beds


Many big dogs will squash regular pet beds. Invest in a good orthopedic doggy bed. You can also use a child’s mattress.


Toys


When choosing Fido’s playthings, always get larger ones, and choose toys that are tough enough to stand up to your giant furball. Large dogs can easily break or choke on playthings meant for smaller dogs.


Do you have question about caring for large dogs? We are here to help! Call us, your local Grayson, GA animal hospital, today!

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