Large dogs need a lot of protein and nutrients to give them the energy they need to stay active. It can be hard to decide on the best food for your pup with all the options out there! Our team members tested and reviewed some of the best foods for large dogs, and their top recommendations are here.
Taste of the Wild comes packed with a wealth of nutrients and proteins which encourages muscle development, healthy brain function, and generally gets your dog performing its very best.
Pros and cons
Taste of the Wild food is made in the United States, which is a bonus for many dog owners. On top of that, you also get a host of added superfoods and antioxidants that can help to fend off illness and lengthen lifespan. And dogs eat this stuff up – must be the wolf in them! It’s also made up of a blend of a healthy amount of proteins and other ingredients. On the downside, some people have found that it makes their dog's tummy upset during the transition process.
Purina Pro Puppy food is made with high-quality proteins and an antioxidant rich formula to help support puppies’ immune systems.
Pros and cons
Puppy parents find that their dogs get very excited for meal time with this food, and some dog owners even use the food as treats! The rice in this recipe is an added carbohydrate boost to keep your puppy’s energy up. The food also contains plenty of nutrients that are needed for developing puppies. This is also a good transition option as it doesn’t wreak havoc on puppies’ digestive systems, even when they switch directly to this food from a different one. This is another food some puppies might not want to eat.
From Diamond Naturals, this food contains high quality protein from pasture raised lamb. It has an ideal amino acid profile which is great for muscle, bone, and brain development.
Pros and cons
A quality food at a great price, many owners find this food comparable to other quality commercial foods. They even find that their dogs love this food more than those other commercial foods. On the downside, some picky dogs might turn up their snouts at this food.
This Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Dog Food is our bargain option for large dogs. It's calorie calculated, which means that your dog will stay healthy and get enough energy for its size.
Pros and cons
This is a dog food that has proven helpful for many dogs - it helps fill out their coat, give them energy, and keep them hydrated! It’s also a good option for pups with sensitive tummies. On top of that, it’s made from a host of different natural meats (turkey and chicken, beef, venison and lamb, and many more) and it tastes delicious for dogs. However, some owners are disappointed that the prices on this food have increased, and others warn that their pups get gassy when eating this food.
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Getting your beloved canine to eat is most likely never a problem. They are usually running to their bowl or waiting patiently with their tail wagging to have dinner. There are times in your dog’s life when you will have to switch their food. These transitions will help your dog to maintain their health at all times in their lives. Here are some reasons or times in your dog’s life when you will have to know how to transition them from one food to another.
FROM PUPPY TO ADULT
Your puppy becomes an adult dog after twelve months and need to be fed adult dog food so that they eat the proper nutrients to be a healthy canine.
LARGE BREED VERSUS SMALL BREED
Make sure that you choose the dog food specific to your size of dog as they also will vary in nutrients needed based on size.
It may sound crazy now, but once small dogs hit the age of seven and large breeds are five years old, they need to be eating senior dog food to ensure they get the extra vitamins and nutrients in their old age.
PREGNANT OR NURSING
If you dog are pregnant or already nursing her band of puppies, she needs to be eating puppy food to ensure she has the extra calcium.
Perhaps your dog has an allergy or medical condition that requires a special diet. You will need to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for their diet.
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR PET FROM A NEW DOG FOOD, NO MATTER THE SITUATION?
The answer is to do so slowly over the course of a week.
Days One to Two: Fill your dog’s bowl with a quarter of new food and three-fourths old food.
Days Three to Four: Fill your dog with a fifty-fifty ratio of new and old food.
Days Five to Six: Fill your dog’s bowl with three fourths of new food and one fourth of old food.
Day Seven: On the last day, fill your dog’s bowl with only new food.
Throughout this transition process from old to new food, watch how your dog is reacting. Are they eating all of their food or are they pushing the new food around to only eat their old food? This can help you adjust the process, perhaps they don’t enjoy that particular brand of dry food and you will have to try another or maybe they need a longer transition time. This back and forth can be frustrating, but the process will be worth it in the end when your dog is eating the right food for them and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As each dog is different and some food choices are breed specific, be sure to check with your veterinarian about the best type of diet and food brand for your dog.