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Old 09-04-2014, 02:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default stairs !! stairs ! stairs!! ??

Hello all I have researched about stairs but wanted to ask myself ..
ok so to get to my house I have to go up like 16-20 stairs no way around it .
I have a 4 month old boy weighing at 40lbs.its a hassle to carry him all the way up .sometimes im not home and my wife cant do it so she lets him walk up ..ive seen him go up he doesn't hop up.he walks using all his four legs to move up seems ok ..
The vet in the other hand said to keep him from going up or down stairs untill he is about 1yr old :0 !!
He will probably be like 70 lbs by then and this will a workout !
She said by doing this, carrying him up I will prevent hip dysplasia is this true ??
Do any of you have a helthy adult boy that whent up stairs as a bby ?

Also I take him to the dog park for about 30 min 5 days a week he runs, jumps and tackles other dogs is this bad should I cut out on dog parks ?

What supplements are good for joint support ?

He is beeing fed raw and I give him chicken feet and eggs ass calcium and glucosamine .

How meny chicken feet do you give your pup if feeding raw ?
Thanks alot im kinda nervous I dont want nothing bad to happen to my boy thanks again
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He's fine as long as he is just walking up the stairs. You don't want him trying to sprint up and down as quickly as possible. That is where his feet could get away from him he could hurt himself.

Dogs that get hip dysplasia primarily end up with it because they are genetically predisposed to it, not because they climbed some stairs when they were younger. With all the worry about all the little things people think can kill their puppy, it's amazing how resilient young pups really are.

For joint support when feeding raw, any part rich in connective tissue is good. I know you're just starting out, so it will be pretty much chicken feet. I throw in a foot or two every couple of days. When you start adding more proteins to his diet, things like cow and pig noses and tracheas will also be good.

He'll be fine at the dog park. It's just fine for puppies to run and rough house. The important thing is he can stop and rest if he needs to. Exercise trouble happens with puppies when someone forces them to do intense exercise for long periods of time such as someone taking him for a continuous three mile run.

Mine actually had some pretty steep stairs to go up and down in and out of my house. He climbed them from 10 weeks to a year and now I'm in an apartment where he climbs 15 up and down several times a day for walks, potty breaks, trips, etc and is fine.
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