Fresh Food for Mastiffs
Don’t let the massive size and signature black muzzle of the mastiff intimidate you—even though they can weigh in at as much as 200 pounds and stand up to 30 inches tall at the shoulder. While protective of their family, mastiffs are most often described as dignified, quiet, kind, and even playful with their family members. They are truly gentle giants.
With a broad, short muzzle, massive jaws, and wrinkled, jowled faces, mastiffs produce a lot of drool, so be prepared with a towel or five. Mastiffs shouldn’t be exposed to temperatures about 72 degrees for more than 15 minutes at a time, and while they require consistent training and plenty of room to stretch out, this ancient breed is pretty easy-going.
A healthy diet of fresh food for your mastiff is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with a dedicated family who doesn’t mind a little (or a lot) of drool.
What’s the best dog food for mastiffs?
A diet of fresh dog food for your mastiff contributes to a healthy, active life, and could help stave off some of the ailments common to this breed.
Why fresh is best for your Mastiffs
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Mastiffs’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Mastiffs are prone to joint issues. Maintaining a lean body condition can help. And fresh food from The Farmer’s Dog contains Omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis. Even if kibble contains these healthy fats, they can go rancid sitting on the shelf for long periods. Rancid fats don’t deliver the intended health benefits, and in fact can contribute to inflammation. Fresh food delivers these powerful nutrients intact to your mastiff.
Reduce inflammation (and their odds of cancer)
There’s no sure way to eliminate the risk of cancer, but there are things you can do to give your mastiff the best chance at more healthy years: Keep them lean, avoid heavily processed foods that may contain preservatives and carcinogens, and feed them a fresh diet that can help reduce inflammation. Dietary antioxidants—like those found in fresh vegetables— are proven to help decrease the risk of cancer. Processed kibble and canned food just can't supply fresh, whole vegetables like a fresh diet can for your mastiff.
Know what’s in the bowl
For mastiffs with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
Maintain a healthy weight
It’s critically important to avoid overfeeding any dog, big or small. Being even a little overweight can increase your mastiff's odds of developing a host of diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. A fresh-food plan, tailored to your dog’s needs, and delivered in pre-portioned packs, makes weight maintenance easy.
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