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    Nah, thanks. It's always good to get other opinions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brittany View Post
    I asked specifically on the Dane thread on DOL, Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy was the diet recommended by breeders and owners alike. I've never seen 23% protein recommended in my travels, researching what food to give her. What I've seen is 26%. She's due for a check up, vaccinations and microchipping in a few days time so I'll get the vet to check out her legs. They aren't ever hot, they're not causing her any trouble. They aren't swollen and many dane pups I've seen have she same amount of knobblyness. She's all ribs and knuckles atm, sucking up all the food she gets.

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    Sierra, who is that adorable new black min pin in your siggy?!
    Out of curiosity, did you give a raw diet any thought? I've never had a giant breed but my friend's Dane has lived on whole chicken carcasses and bones all his life and he is fine (apart from not being desexed!).

    We've had that one for 5 years actually! She's my sister's dog mostly and Jag loves my mum so I don't consider them 'mine'...


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    I did, but Lacey's tummy doesn't handle chicken carcasses very well. If she has anything with too much fat on it, it gives her crook guts. She has a pretty sensitive tum.

    She's GORGEOUS!! Just the cutest little thing, I love her little eyebrows!

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    She is beautiful Britt. She is growing like a weed.

    I'll share a trick my vet taught me, with these giant pups that we have... ...that might come in handy for your big beautiful girl...

    If you press your thumb into the top part of that big knuckle at her pastern regularly, you'll know how it normally feels - bony with skin on top. If it feels fluid-ey or spongey at all, it's an early sign of calcium deficiency.

    Some of mine get calcium issues and some don't. Depends on the individual and bloodline. If they do get spongey at the pastern knuckle, or turned out front feet they get 10-20mls calcium liquid daily for one week, plus some tinned fish with their food (Coles no-name cat food is my fave - no additives and cheap for big dogs! None of these puny sardine tins!) then a week off the calcium. Then check again and go again if needed. If they are going to need it, they show it from about 4 months onwards.

    Hugs from the 'Zoi gang to you and Lacey.

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    She look great & wow look at the size of her joints she's going too be HUGE.......
    I reguraly add a tin of fish to my growing large & x large breed dogs dinner.
    Do they advise you not to let them climb stairs or jump down from anthing higher than themselves to protect the joints whilest thier bones grow with Danes also?
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Yep, no jumping up or down, Lacey does go up and down stairs but only a really short flight and not very often, so nothing too bad.

    thats a great trick to know, I'll keep that in mind.

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    She really is a divine girl...........
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    Out of curiosity, did you give a raw diet any thought? I've never had a giant breed but my friend's Dane has lived on whole chicken carcasses and bones all his life and he is fine (apart from not being desexed!).

    We've had that one for 5 years actually! She's my sister's dog mostly and Jag loves my mum so I don't consider them 'mine'...
    Hey Brittany,

    I don't own danes, we have two Amstaffs, but in my efforts to get as much knowledge as I could when adopting them I spoke to our local pet shop owner (small town so she is very personal with her business) who also happens to breed danes.

    One of the first things she said to me was to watch the amount of protein they get as they aren't a small dog (not the size of yours though clearly) ..... she NEVER feeds her danes any form of puppy food as it's too high in protein. She said under 24% only for hers, so in other words 23% or less!

    Just another opionion for you.

    BTW, she is GORGEOUS.....
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    I have been told both sides to the puppy food dilema & I now use Purinia 1 gaint breed puppy for TM pups & youngsters. As it is between the road protein & fat wise as far as puppy feeds go.
    Not sure which is wrong or right as it seems to keep changing.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    I think it can vary not only with breeds but with lines within them. The only pup I've ever had problems with on puppy food was a saluki. It is common in salukis for pups to be on lite and mature foods, as anything over 21% is a no-no. Their big problem is that some bones grow before others, and they can be pushed along too fast by higher protiens. A common effect is knuckling over at the pasterns, which is bone and tendon being affected, or excessive growth in fast bones - lower jaw is a problem.

    So it's not necessarily a giant breed thing, but some breeds you need to watch more than others. It's a slow-developing breed issue more than just a blanket giant issue. And bear in mind that some periods of growth for giant pups are very demanding indeed and a shortfall of nutrients is just as dangerous as an excess.

    Experienced breeders should know their breed and tendencies, and I would always ask their recommendation on feeding a pup.

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