Hips and Elbows
So pup went to vets today and i just hollard loads of questions at her :)
Pup is healthy and fine other then being underweight but this was due to the being fed on rice and chicken, he weighs 5.8 when he should weigh 6.5 or something?
But they are not concerned.
Anywhooo.. Im just wondering if there is anything i can do to help hip/elbow problems. I know its genetic but a friend of mine took her Labrador swimming weekly to help hers? any german shepherd tips ideas etc?
My vet wont look at hips until 4 months old. And can they walk up and down steps? or is this a no no?
Thanks a bunch :)
Swimming is good. Anything low-impact, really. No long walks as a puppy, walking on sand, grass...less concrete and asphalt. Try to avoid lots of jumping until they're a bit older. I think I carried Discoe up and down steps until she was big enough where it was awkward and sometimes dangerous to do so...lol. Our back patio is only three wooden steps, but I would carry her up and down them until she was about four months old or so. Even after that, she didn't come down our basement stairs until she was over a year old.
Keeping your dog a bit lighter can also help. Not necessarily underweight, but a little under what your vet might see as ideal. A lot of vets operate on 'pet weight', which some working people might interpret as being slightly heavy (versus 'working weight'). A good balance on the lighter end of the scale is good, particularly if you aim to be more active with your dog.
Feeding a good quality diet that is appropriate for a large breed pup is one thing you can do. Growing too fast is one thing that can be detrimental so avoid over feeding.
Thanks guys !!
I'm definitely going to do everything possible to make him comfortable.
He is on a balanced dried kibble type food for large breed puppies and its not cheap :)
How much lighter would you keep a pup?
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