Dog with bad hip dysplasia- Diet?
Okay I really want a Rottweiler, yes I am ready and am capable of taking car of one.
Reply To: Dooley
We had a Bernese Mountain Dog who lived a long (for a Berner) life with pretty bad hip displasia. First thing: it's a genetic malformation, as you mentioned—if your dog is born with it, s/he has it for life. The best thing you can do is frequent vet visits (try to find one that specializes in large breed dogs) early on to monitor your puppy's joint health. Our Berner's dysplasia was diagnosed at 3 months old and had a TPO (triple pelvic osteotomy) procedure at 5 months (must be done in the first year) to reposition the hip socket better over the head of the femur. The only other surgical option in a large dog is probably total hip replacement ($$$).Short of these, best is to keep puppy growth under control (vet monitored)—don't try to force fast/maximum growth. Definitely pick a good quality ration for large breed. I've always been skeptical of supplements if your feed is good; we gave our Berner glucosamine/chondroitin, but I was never convinced it did much good.Exercise is also important to tone the muscles to properly support the joints, but again don't over-do it in a puppy. Walking and swimming are great. Also our vet recommended against letting any large breed do stairs (especially down) or jump for the first 6 months to protect those joints—that goes even absent any joint problems.Hope that helps (worth what you paid for it ;-)Regards,HeyMikey
Reply To: HeyMikey
Thank you so much for that! I still unfortunately am looking for a new companion, at least I have my chihuahua and GSD malamute mix.
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