Nutritional risks to large-breed dogs: from weaning to the geriatric years

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2006 Nov;36(6):1345-59, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2006.09.003.


Distinctive risk factors for disease are identifiable throughout life stages of large- and giant-breed dogs. From weaning to maturity, improper nutrition is linked to developmental skeletal diseases. As large dogs mature, skeletal diseases and obesity can lead to osteoarthritis. These dogs are difficult to manage when orthopedic or osteoarthritic disease affects mobility and quality of life, thereby increasing the risk of early death. Gastric dilatation and volvulus is another disease that is leading cause of death in large- and giant-breed dogs. Management of health, including proper nutrition, exercise, and weight control, provides the best opportunity for successful aging of large- and giant-breed dogs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / pathology
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Body Constitution / physiology*
  • Bone Diseases, Developmental / epidemiology
  • Bone Diseases, Developmental / etiology
  • Bone Diseases, Developmental / veterinary
  • Breeding
  • Dilatation, Pathologic / epidemiology
  • Dilatation, Pathologic / etiology
  • Dilatation, Pathologic / veterinary
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Dog Diseases / etiology
  • Dogs
  • Risk Factors
  • Stomach Volvulus / epidemiology
  • Stomach Volvulus / etiology
  • Stomach Volvulus / veterinary