Irish Wolfhound Health Problems and Feeding

Irish Wolfhound Characteristics

  • Apartment Living
  • Active Lifestyle
  • Watchdog Ability
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Cat Friendly
  • Shedding Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • Social Needs
  • Grooming needs
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Health Issues
  • Trainability
  • Adaptability
  • Irish Wolfhound Health Problems and Feeding

    Irish Wolfhound is a large breed of dog which needs proper and healthy diet because big dogs have problems with limbs more frequently than others.

    There are two types of feeding of the Irish Wolfhound:

    • Dry food
    • Natural food

    The main rule of dog`s healthy nutrition never mix dry and natural food in one feeding. Wrong feeding is the cause of rickets, poor structure of the skeleton, weak growth and the underdevelopment of muscles.

    Feedings of Wolfhound puppy:

    • to 1.5 months - 6 times a day
    • 2 - 3 months - 4 times a day
    •  3 - 6 months - 3 times per day
    • after 6 months - 2 times a day
    • after a year and adult dog 2 times per day

    You should feed the Irish Wolfhound only after a walk with freshly prepared food. A portion should be eaten during 20 minutes, otherwise, put food into the refrigerator until the next feeding.

    Consult vet what vitamins are essential for full development of pet.


    • Lean meat, rabbit, beef, chicken (boiled or scalded)
    • Low-fat cottage cheese
    • Saltwater fish without bones
    • Greenery
    • Vegetables
    • Fruit
    • Rice

    Toxic and Dangerous Foods for Irish Wolfhound:

    • Fat meat
    • Smoked food
    • Sweets
    • Salt
    • Seasonings
    • Avocado
    • Macadamia Nuts
    • River fish
    • Bird`s tubular bone
    • Bread
    • Chocolate
    • Grapes and Raisins
    • Alcohol

    Irish Wolfhound Health Problems

    • Gastric volvulus
    • von Willebrand disease (vWD) the most common inherited bleeding disorder
    • Shoulder Osteochondritis Dissecans (a congenital disorder leads to a degenerative disease of the shoulder joint)
    • Kneecap dislocation
    • Cataract
    • Development Defect of the hip ( the hip joint develops wrong and causes pain and lameness of animals)
    • Atrial fibrillation (heart rhythm disorders)
    • Pyoderma (skin infection)
    • Osteogenic sarcoma (cancer of limbs bone or appendicular skeleton)
    • Hypothyroidism (thyroid gland produces insufficient amounts of hormones)