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Topic: Great Dane Food Choices

Question from Barbara in Wyoming:
My Great Dane needs a dog food toput weight on her. She does not eat wet food. What is the best dry food for an older dog? She is 9 years old and has a clean bill of health from her vet.

Answer from Dr. Mindy Cohan:
I have concern that you feel a need to encourage your 9-year-old Great Dane to gain weight. It would be unusual for a geriatric large breed dog to not have some degree of arthritis. A lower body mass is preferable to minimize extra strain on joints at her age.

If you feel your dog needs to gain weight because she is becoming thin, a full medical workup is recommended to rule out an underlying problem. I recommend discussing your concerns with your dog’s veterinarian before making any dietary changes.

Posted March 17, 2008

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