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Top 11 Pet Breeds
Find out more information on the behaviors, appearances, and overall characteristics of the most popular pet breeds.
 
 
 

Large Dog Breed Guide

 
 
 
  

List of Top 10 Large Dog Breeds:

 
1. Labrador Retriever 6. Rottweiler
2. Golden Retriever 7. Husky
3. Standard Poodle 8. Bulldog
4. German Shepherd 9. Basset Hound
5. Boxer 10. Dalmatian
  

  

Guide Highlights for Large Dogs

 
  •  Prevent fleas, ticks, and heartworms year-round.
  •  Provide your dog with proper nutrition.
  •  Help maintain your dog's joint health.
  •  Reduce shedding and promote a healthy coat.
  •  Help prevent the development of oral diseases.
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    Large dog breed
      

    Step 1: Prevention



    Give flea and heartworm prevention year-round.
     
     
    • Labs and Golden Retrievers are especially prone to allergies and can be sensitive to flea bites, skin infections, and hot spots.
    • Don't split flea meds between your pets. The dosage amount is precisely what your dog needs to stay flea free.
    • Heartworm disease is extremely dangerous for all dogs regardless of breed, size, or gender. The American Heartworm Society reports dogs in all 50 states are diagnosed with heartworms throughout the year (even in winter). Reduce your dog's risk with monthly prevention -- use a topical heartworm preventative like Revolution.
      

      

    Step 2: Nutrition



    Ensure your dog receives proper nutrition each day with quality food and daily multi-vitamins.
     
    • It may be tempting to feed your large dog a less expensive dog food, but it may not be nutritionally complete. Our Eat Great Be Well Dog Food contains real chicken as the first ingredient and doesn't include fillers or artificial ingredients. It's also a natural source of glucosamine and omega 3.
    • Giving your dog a multi-vitamin is also a great way to ensure your dog receives the proper nutrients.
    • Our Super VitaChews is the most complete and healthy multi-vitamin on the market today. It's especially beneficial for mature or aging dogs. Or, try our VitaChews with 11 vitamins and 10 minerals.
      

      

    Step 3: Joints



    Help maintain your dog's active lifestyle.
     
    • Since large dogs weigh more, help keep your dog lean, which can help put less pressure on its joints.
    • Large dogs are known for having joint issues especially as they age. Labs, Goldens, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers are also prone to hip dysplasia. To help your dog stay active, consider supplementing with glucosamine and chondroitin.
    • If your dog limps or licks its joints, this may be a sign of pain. As an alternative to steroid pet medications, try an all-natural supplement like Yucca to help relieve joint pain symptoms.
      

      

    Step 4: Skin and Coat



    Help reduce shedding and promote a healthy coat.
     
    • Omega 3 is a great supplement for large breeds because in addition to maintaining healthy joints and organs, it helps to reduce shedding and restores your dog's shiny coat.
    • Large breeds can have many skin issues: hot spots, itching, and skin infections. A few spritzes of Be Soothed kills bacteria and can soothe irritated skin and alleviate itching.
    • Remember to only use a shampoo with a pH created just for dogs. Human shampoos can irritate your dog's skin causing itching and scratching. Use our Oatmeal and Aloe Vera Shampoo and Conditioner to moisturize your dog's skin and coat. Plus, our shampoo doesn't wash away your pet's flea medications.
      

      

    Plus: Oral Care



    Routine oral care can greatly reduce your dog's risk of plaque and periodontal disease.
     
    • To prevent dental disease it's important to brush your dog's teeth with C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste.
    • Brushing may not be easy, so it helps to use dental water additives that kill bacteria and plaque like Be Fresh. You may also consider giving your dog dental treats like C.E.T. Chews.
      

      
     
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