Large Dog Care Tips

Is your canine pal larger than life? Big dogs can make wonderful pets, but they do have some specific care needs. Here, a Livonia, MI vet offers some tips on caring for large breeds.


Training is important for all dogs, but it’s particularly crucial for big ones. You definitely don’t want Fido thinking he’s the boss! We recommend that all dogs be taught basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. If your pup isn’t fully trained yet, send him back to class!


Big pooches can smoosh regular doggy beds in pretty short order, so you’ll need to get your furry pal something sturdy. Orthopedic doggy beds are a great choice, because of the extra support they offer. You can also use a child’s mattress.


Making sure your canine companion is getting proper nutrition is very important! When Fido is a puppy, he’ll grow very, very fast. Any nutritional deficiencies or imbalances could cause some serious medical problems down the road. It’s also important to keep your furry buddy at or near his ideal weight. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.


Dogs all need proper activity to stay healthy. Making sure your pooch gets the right type and amount of exercise is very important! However, big dogs may face a few restrictions. For instance, your vet may advise you not to encourage your pup to jump or stand on his hind legs, as this can contribute to hip dysplasia. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Dogs have very healthy appetites, and are also quite curious. Put these things together, and you have a pet that may very well chew or eat anything in sight. Keep anything small, sharp, toxic, or hazardous out of Fido’s reach. Also, when buying toys and treats, choose products made specifically for big dogs.


Eating from bowls on the floor can strain Fido’s neck and back. Pick up some elevated doggy dishes, which will be easier for him to eat from.


Did you know that big dogs age more quickly than small dogs? Fido could become a senior as early as age six! As your furry friend ages, you may need to adjust his care regimen a bit. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Livonia, MI animal clinic, today!

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