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dog foodAs humans, we are often careful about what we eat to keep our bodies healthy and strong. At Animush Raw Pet Food, we are dedicated to making sure we take the same care and consideration when we feed our pets as we do when feeding ourselves.

When it comes to dog food, it is important to consider the nutrients dogs need. Having too little or too much of certain nutrients can endanger your pet’s health. Important nutrients can change from breed to breed. Here are some notes about nutrients your large breed dog needs in their dog food:

  1. Protein: Dogs need protein to stay active and healthy. Protein is essential for strong muscles. Packed with amino acids, protein helps dogs get the full amount of amino acids they need daily. Dog food that is high in protein is important for large breed dogs. Protein typically comes from meats such as chicken or turkey.
  2. Calcium: Dogs need a variety of vitamins and minerals in their diet. Calcium is one of these important nutrients. However, it is important to note that large breed puppies need calcium in lower quantities. The quick growth of large breed puppies has been linked to health problems including developmental orthopedic disease (DOD). While your dog is a puppy, it is important to make sure their dog food is low in calcium to avoid development of DOD.
  3. Carbohydrates: Though your dog needs some carbohydrates, you should be careful to avoid foods with an overabundance of grains. Large breed dogs are especially prone to obesity and the health problems that come as a result of it. For this reason, it is very important to make sure your dog maintains a healthy weight. This is one of the reasons that we offer grain-free dog food for weight control.

Keeping an eye out for these nutrients in your pet’s dog food will help you keep your large breed dog healthy. We are happy to provide protein-rich foods for your pet that include grain-free options for healthy large breed dogs.