Everyone knows a big dog can be a big softy. Dogs upwards of 100 lbs can be the most cuddly and the most affectionate. However, when it comes to their health, it is important to remember that even though your 120 lb Alaskan Malmute they may act like a puppy, larger dog breeds face a unique set of challenges so proper care and understanding of these challenges is a key component to their health and happiness.
While it is common that smaller breeds require extra nutritional help in their diets, larger breeds often overeat if given the opportunity making a controlled diet a large part of their overall health. A healthy size and weight are two of the biggest factors for the prevention of medical conditions such as joint pain which is common to larger breeds.
Like other sized breeds, regular visits to the vet will help keep any potential issues at bay and will ensure your large pup stays an active member of the family. If there is any change in regular habits such as sleeping more or less than usual or a lack of energy, be sure to see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
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All breeds regardless of size are unique. In order to be a responsible pet owner, be sure to learn as much about your specific pet's breed as possible. It is important to keep in mind that all breeds are different in terms of behavior, grooming, diet, and a variety of other things that make your dog different than any other dog. As with all dogs, the most important thing is to love them as much as they love you.