When it comes to feeding your large breed dog, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly, large breeds have slower metabolisms than their smaller counterparts – they need about 20 calories per pound compared to 30 or 40 calories per pound for small breeds. This means their food should be packed with nutrients so they don’t have to overeat to get everything they need. A second consideration is the fact that large breeds are at higher risk for food-related problems such as obesity, which can result in joint or digestive issues. This once again highlights the importance of choosing a high-quality food like Freshpet.
With so many choices within our recipe offerings, it can be hard to know which recipe to choose. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Freshpet recipes for large breeds. Each of these recipes uses fresh, whole ingredients, is gently cooked without preservatives, and should be kept in the fridge where fresh food belongs.
Made with 100% natural, antibiotic-free turkey, this recipe is packed with vitamin-rich peas and carrots, high-fiber brown rice, and Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Together, this meal gives your dog everything they need for a shiny coat and healthy digestion, making it a top pick for large breeds who suffer from digestive issues. You can find it in six pound rolls at PetSmart, Petco and other specialty locations.
Made with fresh chicken and antioxidant-rich cranberries and spinach, this Freshpet recipe contains a multi-source fiber system which aids with digestive health. It also contains omega 6 & 3 fatty acids to promote coat, joint, heart and eye health, and prebiotics that aids in the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream. For large dogs who have struggled with joint issues, this is the perfect choice. You can find this fresh recipe in six pound bags exclusively at Costco Stores.
This fresh recipe features all natural chunks of beef, vitamin-rich carrots as well as high-fiber brown rice, making it a hearty meal your dog can’t wait to eat. Fiber is a great nutrient for dogs who want to maintain a healthy weight, so this high-fiber recipe is an excellent choice for large breeds that are watching their weight. You can find it in six pound rolls both online and in-store.
If this is your first time feeding your dog fresh food, we recommend taking a look at our guide to feeding and storing Freshpet. Here you will find step-by-step instructions and videos on how to prepare and serve each type of meal and what to do with the leftovers (Spoiler: they should be kept in the fridge just like your own fresh food). Keep in mind each recipe has its own feeding guidelines, so be sure to check the package to determine the correct serving size for your pet.