Nutrition

From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, all dogs carry the same DNA patterns and share a single evolutionary origin – the gray wolf (Canis lupus).

So it’s no surprise to learn that modern dogs of all breeds are not only capable of eating the food of their ancestors, but actually require it for peak health.

Just like their wild cousins, our companion dogs are carnivores – equipped with sharp teeth, a short digestive tract, and a body evolved to metabolize animal proteins and fats.

When deciding what food you’re going to feed your Great Dane, research it carefully.

Some facts to consider:

  • Dogs do not require carbohydrates in their diet.
  • Carbohydrates are ’empty calories’ – simple sugars that provide little nutritional value beyond their controversial energy potential. They cause blood sugar to rise and fall which can affect diabetes, insulin resistance and body weight.
  • High glycemic carbohydrate content in kibble which includes ground wheat, ground barley, ground corn or white rice as one, or more, of the first four ingredients listed on the packaging, or 40-60% carbohydrate content, causes blood sugar levels to rise quickly after eating a particular kibble.
  • Corn, wheat and barley produce a high incidence of gas in Great Danes.
  • Gas can be an inciting cause of Gastric Dilation (Bloat). This in turn can lead to Gastric Dilation Volvulus (Gastric Torsion).
  • While inexpensive foods (with high grain content) may appear to be more economical, they can cause more medical problems (vet bills!!) and shorten your Great Dane’s life expectancy.

There are many excellent kibble products available but, in rescue, we extensively use the Acana
Grain Free Series from Champion Pet Foods, Calgary AB and have had excellent results over a 10 year period.