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Giant Breeds

Giant breeds such as Great Danes, Irish wolfhounds, and giant schnauzers have unique health concerns not shared by all dogs.

First, are their nutritional requirements. Very few commercial puppy foods offer the ideal mix of calcium, phosphorus and energy, and at levels that these breeds need. We can provide you with feeding recommendations that will encourage your dog’s maximum growth potential without causing developmental problems. For added convenience, we also stock veterinary-approved diets for giant breeds.

These same breeds can also be prone to a condition called Gastric Dilitation-Volvulus or “Bloat”. We can perform a simple procedure, known as a gastropexy, to prevent this deadly condition.

Prevention of orthopedic problems will help to keep you giant breed dog part of you family as long as possible. Weight management, dietary intervention, proper joint supplements and early diagnosis all play a role in prevention of debilitating orthopedic problems.

Finally, behavioral problems can be much more serious in a dog that weighs as much as you do. We can assist with recommendations for training and training aids such as “Halti head collars“.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your dog’s nutrition or if you would like to discuss any of these topics with us.


We have a veterinarian on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the clinic and if your call is not answered directly you will receive a message instructing you how to reach the on-call doctor.

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