A Great Dane is hard to feed. They need certain a amount of protein and fat a day. If given too much protein, problems can occur. Since these giant sweeties require such a specific diet, natural or organic dog food is a great choice.
Many may wonder what the difference is between natural and organic dog food. When dog food is labeled “natural” it means that it contains no chemicals. Natural pet foods are made from only plant, animal or mined sources and contain no chemical preservatives. The preservatives used are natural, such a Vitamin E and Vitamin C derivatives. By-products are not usually found in natural foods and have more whole ingredients like chicken, beef, vegetables and fruits.
Organic dog food, on the other hand, is less about the ingredients and more about the way the ingredients were grown or raised. When food is labeled “organic” it means the ingredients were grown or raised without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or fertilizers, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), and are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.
Now that the differences between natural and organic food are listed, it is up to the pet owner to decide which one to feed the dog. Both are a better choice than food containing chemical preservatives and meat by-products.
Here a few natural and organic brands suitable for Great Danes:
Blue Buffalo is an all-natural food. The Large Breed Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe is good for adult Great Danes, not puppies as it contains about 26% protein.
Pro Plan Selects Natural Adult Dog Food is suitable for adult Danes over the age of 18 months. It is available in chicken and brown rice, salmon and brown rice, beef and barley and turkey and barley.
Deli Fresh Freshpet Dog Food is a natural refrigerated food. The different choices are Turkey, Salmon and Ocean Whitefish, Bison and Beef, Vital, and adult dog food.
AvoDerm is a natural dog food, specially made for dogs with sensitivities. It contains no by-products and only high quality ingredients.
Organix Adult Less Active Canine Formula has no corn, wheat or meat by-products and is a better choice for Great Danes than the other choices from Organix because it has a lower percentage of protein.
Many more brands of natural and organic food can be found on Petsmart.com and Petco.com.
If you choose to switch your dog’s food, do it over a period of 7 days. Slowly get them used to the new food by mixing it with the old food. Use less of the old brand each day.