Ideal Nutrition for Mastiffs

Ideal Nutrition for Mastiffs

Mastiffs are a very large breed, known for their size and protective nature. They were originally hunting and guarding dogs. There are many breeds within the Mastiff family, ranging from the English Mastiff to the Neapolitan Mastiff which has loose wrinkled skin, and the Tibetan Mastiff which sports very thick fur. Being such large dogs with high energy, and loose skin, they have specific health needs and are prone to developing certain health conditions. These include:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Skin Issues/Allergies

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is caused due to rubbing of the joint with the socket due to improper growth, or age. Given their size, several factors can contribute to these conditions for Mastiffs. To ensure that your Mastiff has a life filled with playing, make sure to incorporate ingredients into their diet to support the joints, like chews and supplements in addition to a wholesome diet. Specifically, chondroitin and glucosamine are two compounds that support the cushioning of the joint, which can provide support. Both of these compounds can be found in Huntaway Goat Ears and Greenlip Mussel & Venison Chews.


This condition can be deadly, where gas builds up in the stomach, which causes the stomach to twist. This condition is more common in larger dogs than smaller dogs, and something to be aware of when feeding your Mastiff. Some ways to prevent bloat include feeding smaller meals throughout the day instead of one large meal, feeding them a soft and easy-to-digest type of food, like raw, and making sure you don’t feed a meal before or immediately after exercise. Huntaway Goat Tripe Treats are another excellent way to help promote digestion.


Similar to dysplasia, arthritis comes with age. This is when the joints are swollen, which makes walking, jumping, and other activities painful. This can be more of an issue for older dogs, but including anti-inflammatory ingredients in your pup’s food can start as early as possible to protect their joints long-term. Antioxidant-rich ingredients are a great place to start, that include blueberries, strawberries, and cherries. These are all ingredients in Huntaway’s frozen and freeze-dried recipes.

Skin Issues and Allergies

Due to their folded skin, Mastiffs can suffer from itchy skin, hot spots, and other skin issues. This can be both from anatomy and exacerbated by allergies. To reduce allergy symptoms, consider introducing a novel protein into their diet, like venison. Since their immune system may not recognize it as a thread like other common meats, it may help with allergies. Additionally, finding a food with natural and minimal ingredients, that doesn’t contain fillers, is a great way to reduce inflammation for your pup. Read more about how to spot fillers here.

Additionally, recipes that have ingredients high in Omega-3s can help reduce itchiness and redness on the skin. Huntaway uses Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is very high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Ready to make the switch for your Mastiff? Whether you want to switch to raw entirely or add it as a topper, any amount of fresh food you can include will help support your Mastiff’s longevity and health.

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