Big dogs may be gentle giants, but large frames can use a little help sometimes.
Larger dogs can face different problems than little pups. Because they have more mass, joint issues are much more common in our big friends than our little ones. They are also more susceptible to issues like ligament tears and arthritis. But don’t worry! There are things you can do to prevent these problems and make sure your big dog stays happy and healthy.
With the help of David Dycus, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, we’ve rounded up the best products for large breeds to help them, whether at rest or on the go.
Help them rest comfortably
Big Barker pet beds are designed with larger dogs in mind, with a recommended weight of 50 lb or larger. The beds are made with orthopedic foam to mimic a human bed and come in large, extra-large and giant sizes to fit even a Great Dane comfortably without compressing under their weight like a traditional polyfill bed does. Dr. Dycus notes that an optional waterproof liner keeps these beds at their best even in a hospital setting where accidents may occur. Big Barker beds are made in America and come with a 10-year warranty.
Help them get up easily
The Help‘EmUp Harness with Hip Lift is great for helping large dogs with orthopedic or neurologic conditions get up and ambulate, Dr. Dycus says. It is a complete shoulder-and-hip harness system that places a pair of handles where pet owners can quickly reach them, allowing them to lend support any time a pet needs it. It also helps the owner, who may struggle to lift a pet’s weight unassisted.
Protect their joints
Large and giant breed dogs are more prone to develop elbow hygromas, pressure sores and decubital ulcers, says Dr. Dycus. The Standard Length Adjustable DogLeggs, from DogLeggs, protects these pets’ elbows and helps to prevent them from developing these conditions. The product is custom-sized based on the measurements sent to the company and is constructed from a three-dimensional fleece-faced, highly breathable, four-way stretch textile with wicking properties. This material allows air to circulate while keeping the joint warm. The elbow cuffs contain 7 mm of padding, sufficient for even giant breed dogs. VELCRO brand fasteners are used for adjustments and attachments. It is machine washable.
Lastly, give them a joint supplement
Because larger dogs are more likely to develop joint problems, giving your big dog a supplement can be a great way to prevent problems before they occur and help gain back flexibility and lessen pain if they already have problems. Our favorite joint support chews are veterinarian formulated and recommended. They are made in the United States with high-quality Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM. WellSyn also contains bonus ingredients for skin & coat, and healthy digestion. These soft chews are grain, gluten, corn, and soy-free for allergy-sensitive dogs.