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Nutrition & Knuckling in Giant Breeds
It is believed that nutrition is a key factor in bone and growth disorders in giant breed dogs.
It is extremely important to find and stick to an appropriate balanced diet for your puppy! Unfortunately, the community still promotes many myths.
Common myths include:
Protein – ignore this number if you are choosing a professionally balanced food recommended on this page
Fat – ignore this number as well, for the same reason as above
Phosphorus close behind calcium.
The following brands are correctly formulated and tested for the growth of our gentle giants.
There are 300-400 new boutique food brands offered each year in the U.S. When you choose science instead of fancy bags and marketing, it’s easy to narrow the options down.
Here is a list of ‘Great Dane food deal breakers’!
Choosing the correct food for your Great Dane puppy is extremely important! Chat with your breeder and a giant-breed knowledgeable veterinarian for more advice.
Poor nail maintenance and slick floors
Great Dane puppy nails should be trimmed weekly. Do not ever let them get so long that they touch, scrape or click on the ground.
Hard, slick surfaces contribute to early joint damage and knuckling.
Encourage your puppy to play freely on soft, varied terrain in lieu of walks on hard pavement. Use runners and throw rugs to eliminate slipping and sliding in your home.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Knuckling?
This photo above is a fairly severe case: notice the bowed appearance and toes.
It’s important to understand the warning signs that may indicate early or developing problems in your puppy, and see a giant-breed-knowledgeable veterinarian ASAP.
Symptoms of puppy knuckling include:
What does knuckling over mean in dogs?
- Change the diet ASAP. …
- Add Vitamin C.
- Put runners down, everywhere. …
- Do not allow your puppy to jump up or to launch themselves off of furniture. …
- Avoid hard pavement and leashed walks, which are hard on joints and don’t allow the puppy to move naturally.
Is knuckling in Great Danes genetic?