Hi 'Googleeye' - Congratulations to the new little girl.
Very sorry to read what happened to their previous precious pup !
I put this up on another thread.
Some suggestions for you to help minimise the chances of hip and elbow problems:
- Buy a pup from a registered, pedigreed and ethical breeder who health tests their dogs before breeding them.
- Grow these pups slowly. Feed good quality food to the pup. Raw is best.
- Keep the pup on the lean side rather than carrying too much weight.
- Structured exercise sessions no more than 5 minutes per birth month. By structured exercise – I mean the ‘thumping the pavement’ type.
- Be cautious of pups jumping and no running around in the house like a ‘loon’. Tiles and wooden floors are treacherous for young pups.
- Every injury your pup has to their joints – particularly in the first 12 months – increases their chances of joint and arthritic problems later on in their life.
- Don’t de-sex the pup until at least 18 – 24 months.
- NO playing fetch with a moving ball. I really don’t like seeing young pups chasing moving balls. They can be too easily hurt and damaged by the repetitious nature of this wonderful ‘game of fetch’.
I came across this on my FB newsfeed and thought it would be appropriate here:
X-ray Picture of a 2 Weeks Old Puppy | Important information regarding treating and feeding puppies ~ Dogs & Puppies
Yes, the pup is only 2 weeks old – but look at the growing this pup has to go through before everything is set in place !
Good Luck and I hope you find the above information useful !