wolfhound diet

You may either own or are thinking of owning one of the largest breeds of dog, and therefore you need to be really conscientious with their diets. They have a lot of growing to do and through diet and nutrition you can actively help keep your Wolfhound as healthy as possible. Just remember that a puppy gets 10 times bigger in it's first year of life, so it needs plenty of energy (food). The better the fuel, the healthier the animal. The pedigree, breeding and rearing of our puppies gives them a good foundation in life. This however is just the beginning of what makes the dog; it is the continuation of this good start that counts.

We all have our own methods and favorite ways of feeding our Wolfies and here I share mine with you. I am not saying it is the right way, nor the only way, but it is a diet which I have found suits my puppies and adults alike. You have to take many factors into account: The amount of exercise that you give your dogs, the conditions in which they are reared, and the individual dog. Above all with changing your dog's diet, you need to take it slowly, have patience and observe. Observe the energy levels of your dog and look for changes, observe their coat, it's shine, it's texture. Observe their overall condition, observe their behaviour and one of the most important things to observe is their poo!! Sorry, but yes, this is a very good indication of their health and dietary needs.

Your new puppy has been fed three to four times a day. This varies because not all puppies eat at every meal. It is important to continue with a similar diet for a while before changing over if you wish to. I believe that in particular with the giant breeds it is important to feed as much natural, raw food as possible. If you don't wish to prepare your own food then Pedigree Adult Chicken and Rice chewy meaty nuggets for age 12 Months+ will do just as well if not better. Don't feed commercial puppy food as the protein levels are too high and don't not add milk to your puppies diet.

Mix raw mince, meat scraps, chicken or fish with dog biscuits or kibble that has been soaked in boiling water to soften (aprox half meat half biscuits).

Add two tablespoons of suet (obtainable from most butchers or Spar shops) to the mixture while hot. Add one to two cups of chopped fresh or cooked vegetables and table scraps and allow to cool. Add half a teaspoon of calcium supplement available from your veterinarian and feed.

Again, it is important to use a low grade dog biscuit or kibble so that your wolfhound puppy does not receive too much protein.

Puppies will not over eat and should always receive as much food as they can eat. Check that there is some food left in the bowl when your puppy has finished to be sure they are getting enough food. Always remove the food bowl when the puppy stops eating and wash carefully before the next meal. As your puppy grows reduce the meal frequency.

By the time it is one year old your wolfhound should be comfortable with two meals a day.

The adult hound will do better with two meals than one big bowl daily. Eating less at one sitting will help to prevent torsion/bloat, a condition that affects most of the giant breeds: the heavy full stomach turns over on itself and blocks both ends, then blows up like an enormous balloon, causing death from shock and heart failure.

You can stop a greedy Wolfhound from eating too fast by placing a large stone in the middle of the food bowl so he is forced to eat around the stone.

It is also advisable to keep your wolfhound quiet for an hour after every meal. Drinking a lot of water, after a long walk may also cause torsion. It is far better for wolfhounds to drink small quantities several times after exercising.

Food and water should be given at a comfortable height proportionally to their size, in particular during growth, so that they don't need to spread the elbows and the feet to reach their bowl.