FEEDING & HEALTH
BULLETIN: FOR WEIGHT GAIN, AFTER BREEDING CYCLE, WHELPING, RECOVERY, NURSING. I RECOMMEND OATMEAL AND MOLASSES, 1 CUP OF MINUTE OATS, 2 CUPS HOT WATER, 4 TABLE SPOONS FEED GRADE MOLASSES. MICROWAVE 2 MINUTES, MIX 1 CUP OF KIBBLES, 1 CUP CHIPPED ICE, STIR UNTIL IT COOLS OFF. FEED 2 0R 3 TIMES A DAY. WHEN THEY CLEAN THEIR BOWL, INCREASE PORTION FOR NEXT MEAL. CONTINUE THE OATMEAL AND FREE CHOICE KIBBLES 24/7 UNTIL WEIGHT GAIN GOALS ARE MET. DIET CHANGE WILL CAUSE DIARRHEA FOR 2 0R 3 DAYS, HANG IN THERE, IT IS SHORT LIVED, AND WILL RESULT IN 5+LBS A WEEK GAIN. CONTACT YOUR VET ON HOW MUCH WEIGHT YOUR PET CAN MAINTAIN, WHEN THAT WEIGHT IS REACHED, SLOWLY REDUCE OATMEAL OVER 2WEEKS. FEEL FREE TO CALL ME ANYTIME 580-228-3402. AARON
DANE GANG PUPPIES WILL WEIGH 2lbs AT BIRTH.
UNTIL THEY ARE 2wks OLD, I SUPPLEMENT, (BOTTLEFEED) "FRESH GOATS MILK" ALL HUNGRY PUPPIES
EVERY 2hrs, 24/7.
WEEK 3 & 4 SLOWLY SWITCHING FROM MOTHERS
MILK TO "GOAT MILK" FORTIFIED PUPPY MIX,
PURINA DOG CHOW, OATMEAL,
MOLASSES, GOAT MILK
(PUPPY CHOW IS TOO HIGH IN PROTEIN)
WEEKS 5 THROUGH 8, I HAVE FRESH
FORTIFIED PUPPY MIX AVAILABLE TO THE
PUPPIES 24/7. AT WEEK 8, THEY ARE READY TO
RE-HOME AND WILL STAND 10" AT THE
SHOULDERS AND WEIGH 25+lbs.
FOLLOW MY DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS AND
YOUR 6 MONTH OLD MALE PUPPY WILL STAND
32" AND WEIGH 1OO+lbs. AT 2yrs HE WILL
BE 36+" AND 200+lbs. BY YEAR 3, MANY OF
SPARTACUS SIRED PUPPIES ARE REACHING
225lbs. THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR
A DANEGANG PUPPY IS 10 YEARS,
SOME REACH 12 AND 13. AFTER 25 YEARS
I BREED SOME OF THE LARGEST DANES
AVAILABLE ANYWHERE.AARON WOOD
These guidelines and rules are based on my experience as a breeder and information gathered over the years on the feeding and health of giant breeds.
CAUTION: Failure to follow these guidelines/rules may be detrimental to my health and may void breeder's warranty.
When most people talk about dog foods in general, they are so concerned about 'protein levels', yet that is only a small part of the total picture when assessing a food for growth. Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates combined are what create the usable calories per cup. It is the accumulative effect of those calories on growth patterns, as well as how the protein, fats and carbohydrates relate to each other, that determines the rate of growth in an animal.
Caloric dense foods also create uneven growth patterns; lameness and can actually alter the genetic structure of an animal, which changes their conformation. This shows up structurally with permanent narrowing of the chest width, shallow chests rising well above the elbow, elbowing turning in, tow pointed out, inward turn of the hocks (cow hocked), arched top lines and rear end assembly being 2-4 inches taller than the front end assembly at the withers. This means one that is very high in calories and it causes the dogs to shoot straight up to accelerated long bone growth and yet the dogs have no muscle mass to support the joints. The number of calories and their availability to an animal's system will vary from brand to brand. This is due to the quality of ingredients used in the food and the Bio-availability of the vitamins/minerals and amino acid supplements used on the food. And not all foods that are of the same protein and fat content are the same calories per cup.
The other component to providing a slow and even growth pattern has to do with the quality of the mineral composition on a food and how available it is to the animal. A balanced mineral composition is critical to preventing numerous growth related diseases such as HOD, OCD, PANO, Nutritional Wobblers, and Hip Dysphasia. There are other factors that can contribute to these diseases such as injury, trauma and genetics, but it has been my experience in Great Danes/Giant breeds and working with breeders, that the majority of orthopedic problems are indeed nutritional in origin. Based on my own feeding trials and looking at feeding guidance and habits shared by other breeders and websites, these simple feeding and nutritional guidelines/rules, will lengthen and greatly enhance the quality of your companion's life. if your puppy could talk he would tell you.
- When I arrive I will have a little of my PUPPY MIX with me, so use my brand for 3 or four days, in conjunction with the food of your choice. This way I will not get sick or get diarrhea.
- Feed me a high quality food. One with multiple proteins (meat/poultry/fish/eggs) no straight lamb/rice diets. I need the pork/poultry/fish-based diet with a moderate protein and fat level (no more than 24% protein and 15% fat. I will also need a moderate amount of calories (320-350), a food that is naturally preserved and have human grade or organic ingredients. The nutritional content of the food has appropriate levels of vitamins/minerals/amino acids to support growth.
- When I am received I may eat as much as I want 24/7
- I will only eat adult dog food. Puppy food may be too much for my fast growing body. Do not let me get too heavy during my growth stage. I should be well covered but lean until my bones set.
- I need NuVet Plus (canine) tablets once a day for the rest of my life. If my breeder does not provide a sample, call 1-800-474-7044 and give them my breeders code (41266). This will allow you to receive the wholesale discount.
- If I am eating too fast, you may place a big rock in my pan to slow me down.
- Do not exercise me 1 hour before or after my meal. I really don't need too much exercise until I am at least 18 months old. I am very fragile and need supervised exercise in a fenced in area or daily walks with you.
- Always read the label on my dog food bag. No more than 24% protein and 15% fat, I don't want too much corn in my diet, and my calcium and phosphorus need to be balanced.
- I do not need a lot of supplements, (only NuVet tablets) if you pick a good food. More supplements may hurt me more than help.
- Please keep my bowls clean at all times, and I love to have clean, fresh water all the time. my "breeder" made me add one more thing against my will. Even if I beg, try to restrain from giving me "table scraps". Do not feed me any chicken or pork bones. I will put those sad puppy eyes on you trying to break you down, so you better be tough.
Aaron Wood: Owner/Breeder Dane Gang Kennels