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Old 01-18-2013, 11:04 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. Firstly, thanks for all of the replies - much appreciated.

I took pup to the vet on Tuesday morning. She suspected it was growing pains and prescribed 5 days of anti-inflammatory tablets. She said if it is growing pains, I should see a pretty major difference in him within 48 hrs. If not, I was to bring him back in this morning to have him x-rayed.

Well, he's been on the tablets for 3 days now and he is a LOT better. No more horrendous crying and he's certainly able to get up when he's been laying down for a while.

I do however have another couple of questions....

When I ask him to sit, he gets into the sit position but is not putting his backside onto the floor. Could this be another side-affect of the growing pains?

One of my friends who has always kept GDS's said that she doesn't believe in feeding puppy food to GDS puppies as it makes them grow too quickly and can put too much pressure on the joints. Instead, she uses a good quality adult food. Has anyone done this with their pups? Just asking as I'll try anything just to make sure my little man isn't in any pain unnecessarily.

Thanks all.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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and here is the little fella - in his favourite spot. Sitting outside in the freezing cold!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Your friend is right, we would recommend an adult food as a rule, for a growing puppy. As usual avoid corn, wheat, soy and by-products in the food you choose.

Your puppy is ADORABLE!!!!
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