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I have searched threads and can't find anything that specifically answers my question. We have two new great dane boys, 14 weeks old. I would REALLY like to start them out on a vegan diet but am having a hard time finding references for large breed puppies. Does anyone have any experience/knowledge about this?<br><br><br><br>
And I'm not trying to start a debate, just get some info. I know this is the place to go!<br><br><br><br>
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Great Danes are predisposed to dilated cardiomyopathy, as are other giant breeds. A veg*n diet lacks taurine and l-carnitine which can lead to DCM in some dogs. So it'd probably be wise to supplement those amino acids unless the food you're buying already adds them. Some add taurine but most don't add l-carnitine.
 

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I would talk to your breeder/vet and see what they recommend. Great Danes bloat VERY easily (with female danes, vets will often staple their stomach so it won't bloat when they perform the spay) and I would be cautious about making sure you're feeding them the right thing -- not that anyone has a good answer about what causes bloat, but it is frighteningly common in giant breeds.
 

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^^^^ I don't either, though there are many here who would disagree. It is easier for a dog than a cat, but reading I've done indicates obtaining most of their protein from grains is not an optimal diet for a dog. If you do feed them a vegan diet, make sure you either buy a specially made food or research homemade recipes specifically for vegan dog food. Many people think they can just feed their dog the same thing they're having, but many human foods are dangerous to dogs and dogs also have different nutrient requirements, like needing more protein for one thing.<br><br><br><br>
And I second what rabidchild said about talking to a vet or breeder about bloat. That happened to a friend's mastiff and it was awful.
 

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Thank you all so much for the replies. As it happens, one of the boys has hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD) and must be on giant breed puppy food. The breeder told me to not give them puppy food and give them supplements, which according to what I've read on HOD, is exactly the opposite of what he needs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> So they will be on proplan giant breed puppy food until they are about 18 months old. My vet recommended that as well.<br><br><br><br>
I'd really love to make them vegan, but it looks like it's not in the cards for me. Ah well.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again!<br><br><br><br>
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You might try getting more involved with your breed of choice. Join a Great Dane club of some sort, there must be something on line or maybe even your local dog club could help you find a good site that has other Dane owners discussing from experience, how and what to feed your new pups.
 
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