Caring for a Large Dog

Is your dog a large breed? Fido’s basic needs—good food, suitable exercise, and regular veterinary care—will be the same as those of any other dog, but your pet will also have a few specific care needs. Read on as a Marietta, GA vet offers tips on caring for big dogs.


Making sure your canine pal is getting the right type and amount of food is very important. Large breeds can grow very fast, so nutritional deficiencies—even minor ones—can cause health troubles later on. Offer your pooch a high-quality, nutritious food. Treats are fine, but you don’t overindulge Fido with fatty snacks. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


We recommend that all dogs be trained. For safety reasons, this is especially important with bigger breeds. You definitely don’t want your furry friend ignoring your commands, and doing whatever he pleases! Make sure Fido knows—and obeys—basic commands. The five most important ones are Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. If you are having difficulty training your pup, consult your vet or a professional behaviorist.

Health Concerns

While every dog is different, large breeds do have higher risks of developing some specific health issues. Bone and joint problems are very common in big pooches, and can be very painful, even debilitating, for Fido. Skin problems are also not uncommon. Ask your vet for specific care tips, and warning signs to watch for.


We recommend getting your furry buddy elevated doggy dishes. These will be easier for him to eat from than regular bowls.


A good, sturdy doggy bed is an absolute must. This is one thing that is worth splurging on! An orthopedic doggy bed will help your pet sleep comfortably. (Tip: a child’s mattress will also work.)


Did you know that big dogs age quicker than little ones? Fido could be a senior as young as age six! Consult your vet regularly for updated advice and care tips, as your pet’s diet and exercise needs will change a little as he ages.


When shopping for your furry pal, always choose products that are specifically made for big dogs. Fido could choke on a toy made for a smaller pooch!

Please contact us with any questions about caring for your canine buddy. As your Marietta, GA pet hospital, we are dedicated to providing excellent care!

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