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The trade secrets of looking after a Great Dane.

The following advice is a guideline and may not apply to your circumstances.

Always consult a Vet where possible.

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  • Always ensure that your Dane is Micro-chipped. It is the only proof of ownership for any animal.
  • Always ensure your Vet has experience in the care of a Great Dane.
  • Always take your Dane to the Vet in an emergency, not a home visit.
  • Always insure your Dane with a reputable Insurance Company; Third Party Liability in the case of an accident and to cover expensive Veterinary bills.
  • Always remember to worm your Dane every 12 months, particularly a scavenger.  Only use medication from your Vet.
  • Always ensure your Dane’s vaccinations are up to date.
  • Always leave fresh water available which is accessible at all times.
  • Always put your Dane’s feed and water bowl just below shoulder height.
  • Always ensure the Dane has shade and ventilation at all times in, and outside the home.
  • Always ensure the Dane has a padded large bed to stretch out on, to save calluses forming on the elbows.
  • Always remember to clip your Dane’s nails, carefully, if they become too long they can cause the dog much pain.  If you’re not brave enough to clip them, your Vet will happily oblige.
  • Always remember to groom your Dane daily, a short coat is no excuse!  The brushing stimulates natural oils which give a shine to the coat, besides, the Danes love the attention!
  • Always exercise your Dane before its meal, leaving 1½ hours resting time.
  • Always leave another 1½ - 2 hours resting time after feeding, before any exercise is resumed.
  • Always ensure that each meal is prepared fresh; if soaked, ensure that no heat (sunshine or Aga) or flies etc. can affect the food.
  • Always feed twice or three times daily, so as not to overload the stomach and invite the possibility of BLOAT!
  • Always ensure that food, human or dog, is never left available so the dog can help themselves!
  • Always oversee multi dogs when it’s feed time to ensure no fights, and no thieving.


  • Never feed raw eggs, uncooked egg white can cause a Biotin Deficiency.  One cooked egg per day is an excellent protein source.  It is utilised 100% by the dog, but do restrict it to no more than one per day.
  • Never feed chocolate, dark, milk or white, all are toxic to dogs.
  • Never feed pork, grapes or raisins they too are toxic.
  • Never allow a dog to eat salt dough decorations (Xmas tree); the concentration of salt could kill.
  • Never use dog flea treatment on cats as it is poisonous to them.
  • Never give cooked bones, they become brittle when cooked and can splinter. Only, give large raw beef or lamb marrow bones; always monitor whilst they are chewing; separate multi dogs for safety!
  • Never give a dog any human medication unless directed to do so by your Vet.
  • Never let children torment your dog; make sure there’s a quiet place away from the children’s play area.  If they should play together, be on hand in case the dog gets too frisky!  Or the children!
  • Never play rough and tumble games, you may lose!
  • Never leave your dog’s coat wet after a bath or walking in the rain.
  • Never presume everybody likes big dogs.  Prevent unnecessary frights for little dogs and humans!
  • Never leave a dog in a vehicle for any length of time, whether cold, warm or hot, summer or winter.

Never leave a dog in a vehicle without ventilation, even in winter a vehicle could get warm and oppressive.

If you should find a dog left in a vehicle in distress, panting frantically, dribbling thick saliva, possibly defecating loosely and very distressed;


If you can’t find the owner of the dog and vehicle and time is of the essence, call the Police and RSPCA to notify them of the situation, and call a vet as the dog will need treatment.

Remember... It is an offence to break into someone else’s vehicle!

However, this dog must be extricated and instantly immersed in a cold tub of water, hosed down or wrapped in a cold wet towel.  Cooled down in a river or stream, but be careful of a strong current, the dog could be dragged away, also the very cold water could cause shock to the dog’s system.