Feeding & Nutrition


I want to thank my dear friend Tammy Kinkade of Eyota Mastiffs for providing me with this information, as I have yet to raise a Mastiff from puppyhood on a raw diet. However, with my next puppy we will definately go this route.  Basically, a puppy may tolerate the change to raw more easily than a lot of adult dogs, simply because their digestive system is younger, and less conditioned to the digestive process needed for kibble. Read More...
 
 

Step 1: Calculation - There are hundreds of opinions on how to ‘correctly’ feed a dog a raw diet. The consensus among many is to feed a ratio of foods that are equivalent to what the dog would consume in nature if they were a wild animal. This is called the 80/10/10 rule. This stands for 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% organ. Some even go a step further and say 80/10/5/5, splitting the organ category into 5% liver and 5% other organ meat. So we have our ratio of the types of food to feed; now we need to figure out what amount that actually figures...  Read More... 


Diet Supplements and the English Mastiff
Studies have shown that daily supplements of Vitamin C can decrease the incidence and/or severity of hip dysplasia. As puppies I gave my dogs both 1000 mg of Vitamin C each day. At around 6 months of age I increased the dosage to about 2000mg per day. The best thing about Vitamin C is that any extra amount that is not used up by the body is simply expelled through the urine, so you don’t have to worry about a build-up in their system. Read More...
 


I personally feed my dogs, and always have fed, Diamond Naturals Large Breed 60+lb dog food. I’m seriously considering switching over to a raw diet because it is the absolute best thing you can feed your dog, however it takes a little more planning than I’m sure I can handle right now. . Read More...





In a blog post we published in January “Choosing a Top Quality Dry Food For Your Mastiff” we outlined what to look for should you choose to feed dry kibble to your dog. I hinted that I would like to try feeding a raw diet, but didn’t want to further elaborate until I had some experience. Well, the good news is we have been feeding raw since February and LOVE IT! Read More...




Feeding Your Mastiff Puppy

When it comes to feeding your puppy, try to feed them 3 to 4 times a day until your pup reaches 3-4 months of age, and then advance them to twice a day. Your puppy will indicate to you how much you should be feeding them. You can start with the guide below, but if your puppy eats the recommended amount of feed within a reasonable time, 20 minutes or so, then increase the feeding 1-cup at a time. Read More...

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