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Caring for Great Danes

Have you been considering adopting a Great Dane? These lovable pooches have huge hearts. Actually, pretty much everything about the Great Dane is larger than life. Here, an Anderson, IN vet discusses caring for Great Danes.

Temperaments

If there was a dog that personified the term ‘gentle giant,’ it may very well be the Great Dane. These lovable pooches have lots of love to give, and are super affectionate and friendly. Though of course every pooch has his own personality, they are generally good with both kids and other dogs. However, these guys do need lots of people time, as they can get lonely—and therefore mischievous—if left alone too long.

Diet

Proper nutrition is crucial to the Great Dane, especially during puppyhood, as they grow so quickly. Be careful not to overfeed your pet. Your vet may recommend giving Fido several small meals a day. This can help reduce the chances of bloat, which is both common and deadly to the breed. You’ll also want to avoid exercising your pup vigorously right after he eats. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Grooming

Unless Fido develops an affinity for rolling around in mud puddles, he’ll only need occasional baths. You will need to brush him regularly though. Great Danes are not technically heavy shedders, except during peak shedding times. However, because they are so big, even light shedding cycles could pretty much plaster your sofas with fur. You’ll also need to trim Fido’s claws regularly.

Exercise

Fido will need at least two or three vigorous walks a day. These pooches also excel at doggy agility, and can make great jogging and hiking buddies. You’ll need to wait until Fido is at least two before encouraging him to do strenuous activity, however. Young, growing dogs can easily damage their bones and joints through overuse. It also hopefully goes without saying that these pups are not really well suited for apartment life. They do best with spacious, fenced-in yard.

Training

As one can imagine, an untrained Great Dane can be quite dangerous. Obedience training and proper socialization are absolutely critical for these lovable pooches! Also, keep Fido on a leash whenever you take him off your property. Otherwise, he may run off after a scent or squirrel!

Please contact us, your Anderson, IN pet hospital, for all your Great Dane’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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