I have two Irish Wolfhounds. They just turned 1 year. I’ve been feeding Diamond Natural Salmon & Potato, grain free. A few months ago I switched to lamb and rice because I keep reading about the ingredients that contribute to DCM. Is anyone aware of a grainfree food that does not contain peas/lentils/pea-flour/chickpeas/etc? It seems that at least one of these ingredients is in every food and these all seem to be linked to DCM. Or should I keep with the lamb and rice? But that is also not free of questionable ingredients. Help! This food research is confusing. I have young giant breeds and their protein vs calcium needs are confusing enough. Did I also mention that my two girls are spoiled rotten and insist that I top their dry food with eggs, cheese, beef, baloney, chicken, yogurt, etc. I would love to hear from others who have researched and who are also giant owners. Thanks!
Giant breed puppies have no protein requirements. Dogs are mostly carnivorous. Find a good high meat large breed puppy food and don’t worry about anything else. There is no conclusive info on the legume/dcm issue. If you stick with a high meat diet you shouldn’t have to worry about anything. A good food to look into is wellness core large breed puppy, and large breed puppy nature’s variety instinct raw boost. Those are two good options. There are others out there. Take a look at chewy and use the terms large breed puppy. Look for foods that have 3+ more proteins in the top 5 ingredients. And if you want to be extra safe you can e-mail the company and ask where their protein levels are coming from (plant or meat) you can also ask if the calcium ratios are correct for large breed puppies. Some puppy foods are safe but aren’t labeled for large breeds. While some that say all breeds and life stages may not be safe for large breed puppies. So it’s helpful to emails the companies.
It also sounds like you’re using toppers which is a good thing. Trying bone broths and freeze dried raw mixers too. They are both great for natural sources of taurine. I would cut out the processed meats tho. Whatever you use for toppers should be plain, no seasoning, no garlic or onion.
- This reply was modified 3 months ago by haleycookie.
Thanks for the advice. You kept talking about large breed puppy food. I was getting away from the puppy food because they are now 13 months old. How long do large breeds eat puppy food. I know they take longer to grow, but I just assumed since they are about 80-85% there, their growth has slowed and didn’t need the extra protein any more. Was I wrong? Thanks.
Large breed puppies (yours are more along the lines of giant breed so more along 2-2.5 years) don’t stop growing til about 1.5-2 years. It’s also wise to not neuter or fix them until that age as well so their growth plates can close properly. The cut off of hormones can cause bone and joint issues early on.
That is very interesting about giant dogs growth plates & hormones,
Kathie the DCM issue is a very tiny % of dogs affected, I think Wellness make great foods
I switched my dogs to the brand Natures Logic. They use millet and are pea and lentil free. Also a very high rated dry dog food. I buy it on Chewy dot com.
Chewy is now owned by Petco.
I no longer use them if I can avoid it.
Fromm cut ties with them.
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