Fingers crossed for the x ray
Fingers crossed for the x ray
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mouseandchicken: As you mentioned, it may just be that he is going through an awkward stage, being so big he might just be a bit clumsy. The vet where Im taking him for his x-ray/desexing (The lort smith hospital) said that her dog used to bunny-hop (classic sign of hip dysplacia?) but it was just a phase.
And thanks for the info about the accuracy of the x-ray, I wont take it as gospel, but I suppose if something does show to be a little out of the ordinary I can be a little more cautious (hard to believe thats possible ), thanks again
TKay - I'm feeding him Advance puppy plus for large breeds. Its what the breeder was feeding them and it also seems to be keeping him in great shape and his coat is so nice and shiney! Lately he has been going off his dry food though, so it may be time to change, may look into changing to adult. Thanks
Another classic sign is swinging of the hips. You can pick it up when they are walking out in front of you.
He could also just be a little straight in the stifle which is fine as he was bought as a family pet.
But again nothing is really accurate until they are full grown.
With Giant or large breeds, it's best to break their exercise up into two shorter walks a day rather than one longer one. As has been said, avoid jumping, stairs, roughhousing etc. A lot of the damage can be done during exercise that requires quick sideways changes of direction so unfortunately playing with other dogs should be restricted until he's fully grown. I have known giant dog breeders who recommend not letting a pup off lead play with other dogs until it is 12-18 months... but then you have to weigh up the amount you are stunting your pup's socialisation. Great that you are feeding a Super Premium food, Advance is a great food, and for $100 a 15 kilo bag, great value compared to a lot of the other Super Premiums!
One thing I'd like to add regarding socialising with other dogs. It really is best that you have the place or opportunity to regularly allow your dog to socialise with other dogs, so to avoid the 'over-exuberance' that can cause problems or accidents with the larger breeds, try to make contact or meet with dogs that are more advanced in years. Many (but not all) older dogs slow down dramatically in play, and are nowhere near as exuberant or rough as younger dogs are.
Just a thought.
The puppy food thing is 100% correct. Most (if not all) commercially manufactured dry dog foods really do push growth too fast. The ratio is just not right for them IMO. I would definately take TKay's advice, and change to a dry food that isn't formulated for puppies RR.
Hey guys, Rocky's X-ray came back completely clear of any signs of hip dysplacia still being very cautious of course and not taking the results of the xray as final. Its just good to know that at this stage his swinging hips and tightness in the legs are because he's going through an awkward growing stage, but he's all good, and recovering from his desexing. They said he would be really drowsy for the next 24 hours, but he was ready to play when I picked him up from the vet! Its a struggle to get him to relax
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