Nutritional Recommendations for Mastiffs.
Your dogs’ diet is important, no matter the breed. After all, they are a part of your family. However, if your family dog is a larger breed, it is much more important they’re getting the proper nutrition they need to function on a daily basis.
There are three essential nutrients to consider when feeding your dog – carbohydrates, fat, and protein. The protein and fat sources should primarily come from animal-based products. Most dogs can’t properly plant-based products so be sure to monitor these ingredients in your dogs’ diet. They should all come from forms that are easy to digest.
When it comes to one essential nutrient for dogs, protein is at the top of the list. The source should be the most carefully monitored source of nutrition. Mastiff in particular, or giant breeds, thrive on a protein-rich diet. Maintaining lean muscle mass for dogs, especially the giant breeds, is essential for a long and happy life.
Be careful when feeding dogs fat, however, especially Mastiffs. The last thing you want to do because they are so large is causing unhealthy weight gain that can lead to various other health issues.
Similar to plant products, highly digestible sources of carbohydrates such as whole grains – such as brown rice and oatmeal are thought to be the best sources. Be sure to monitor their behavior after they’ve eaten them, as some dogs may show signs of an allergic reaction. As far as vegetables are concerned, starchy sources and legumes should be considered go-to’s as they are highly digestible. Along with dietary fiber that supports proper digestion, these carbohydrates also provide essential vitamins and minerals that’ll keep your Mastiff spry long into his elder years.
If you’re worried about dogs not getting enough of a complete nutrition profile via their dog food, fret not. Dog foods will often inject their formulas with various supplements in order to create that balanced nutritional profile. These added minerals and fermented products act as probiotics and provide digestive support, along with the very digestible carbohydrates listed above.
As a rule of thumb, for large dogs such as Mastiffs, their diets should include a lot of protein and fat, along with highly digestible carbohydrates.