Which food and how much of it a young dog gets has a major influence on its growth. Especially with large breeds, the feed dosage is a delicate matter: A deficiency, but also an overdose of nutrients can damage the animal’s health. The optimal supply of protein, vitamins, trace elements and other nutrients must be supplied in suitable rations.
The main growth phase takes place in the first six months of life, a particularly sensitive time when it comes to feeding. If the dog receives too much and / or too high-energy food, it will grow too quickly and its relatively soft skeleton will be overloaded by the weight of the muscles. This increases the risk of illness. It has been shown, among other things, that this “overfeeding” worsens the HD in appropriately predisposed dogs. An excess of phosphorus can lead to demineralization and thus to “rubber bones”.
As a holder, you can do a lot wrong. But how do you do it right? Experts give the following tips:
Check the feed supply, especially with large dogs. Of course, your four-legged friend shouldn’t go hungry. Give him what he needs, but not everything he desperately wants.
If you want to prepare the food for your dog yourself, ask the veterinarian or the university institutes for advice. There you can tell them exactly what your dog needs. You will certainly get support from experienced breeders. The safest method, however, is to use the commercial feed mixes and stick to the specified amounts of feed. Do not hesitate to get advice from these feed manufacturers as well. Most of them have valuable tips ready for dog lovers.
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