YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING GOOD FOR YOUR DOG, ESPECIALLY LARGE ONES, SUPPLEMENTING? OR DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE CONTRIBUTING TO SOME DISEASES.
Therefore, a good nutritional management is critical, balanced food, for those who do not want to take any chances, is the best alternative. However there are 3 food groups, which must be analysed according to the breed and size of the dog.
The first group advocates the use of high-protein feeds (30-36%), the second medium (25-28%) and the third a level not more than 23%.
As I have experience in large dogs, I will give my guess, the medium level (25-28%) is the most suitable, but let’s talk about the why.
High protein is more recommended for cold climate countries, because excess protein generates heat, causing the dog to stop eating if the room temperature is too hot. The main drawback is that heavy dogs have higher chances of developing problems of spine and joints because the high protein is often accompanied by high levels of other nutrients that can be harmful to the development of the dog. It is important to remember that the excess nutrients can be as or more damaging than the lack.
The average protein is the best alternative. If you use a feed that has a good source of protein (prefer meat to derivatives, as the meat) so you allow the dog to develop the most of your potential, without running the risk of nutrient excesses. The only caution is that a puppy weight monitoring for adjustments of the amounts offered.
Already the model of low protein, which follows the line of the use of feed for adult dogs, decreases the risk of growth problems, but there is a risk that the animal does not reach your genetic potential, therefore, can be given with the puppy tracking and monitoring by a veterinarian.
With the food, we must be especially careful, what will be said then of supplementation, most supplements that exist on the market, they have calcium and vitamin D, with the use of these, in addition to unbalance the feed, you’ll be taking your puppy to take some risks, below a table that summarizes everything in a very clear: