Dog with bad hip dysplasia- Diet?

Okay I really want a Rottweiler, yes I am ready and am capable of taking car of one.

But, because of over breeding they now have week bones especially hips and shoulders and too much protein is bad for them. I was wondering if I could give them a special diet and excersise routine to benefit these problems and maybe even prevent a fatal problem. So for excersise, is swimming good for dogs bones and joints? I know its great for human bones, joints and muscles. And just to be safe with the hips I reckon I won't be teaching it agility with the jumps as it may put pressure on hips and possibly shoulders? I will of cause walk him everyday. Diet, well I want to keep a healthy, fit dog so I was wondering should I get high Quality dry food, wet food tends to make my previous dogs get runny poos, and too keep the bones strong would it be alright to feed my dog a special calcium milk or powder to sprinkle on the food for my dogs? Or can I get daily vitamins for that? I really want whats best and I need to prepare if I am going to get a Rotty!
- Thanks SO much- Paws Up! 

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HeyMikey

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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

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Dooley

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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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