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    Hi All,

    Rambo, my black Labrador is now 4.5 months old and is 19 Kgs in weight. On this trip to the vet for regular checkup... the doctor noted that Rambo has relatively weaker front legs. Instead of being completely straight they are slightly bent just above the paws... the way your finger would be if you press it against the table top.
    Though the vet says it is not much of an issue and has prescribed daily dose multi vitamins and increase in the quantity of calcium powder... I am really worried about my little darling... I would like to know the exact reasons for this thing to happen... also how bad could this be? And what other cures are suggested for problem.
    Also note that now we have cut the feeding to 3 times a day from 4 times (as prescribed by the vet)

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    What are you feeding him? Additional calcium and additional vitamins are not typically needed if the food is complete. Is the issue skeletal or muscular?
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    Your little darling is teething.

    Dogs often get weak in the pasterns when teething, he may be carrying his ears funny too.

    I would not ever supplement calcium on a growing puppy. Nor use a multi vitamin.

    I suggest you contact your breeder. If mine, I'd take him off all supplements, and simply let him grow.

    Your using Calcium on him so young would certainly affect his growing joints and you are probably doing more harm than good. And I'd tell the vet just that.
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    Hi bigbrowndog!

    Regarding your question - Am feeding him Eukanuba Dog food, Large Breed- Puppy.
    I also give him milk, curd and some homemade bread at times.

    The vet said that the problem is because Rambo is growing fast but his bones are not getting stronger at the same speed. So it is a skeletal issue. He also said, these things happen to pups while growing so it is not a major issue.

    I have attached Rambo's pic here too... have a look... Its not a recent pic.. maybe a moth old... If you need the latest.. I will send that too by tomorrow.






    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    What are you feeding him? Additional calcium and additional vitamins are not typically needed if the food is complete. Is the issue skeletal or muscular?

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    Hi lovemydog2much!


    Regarding your question - Am feeding him Eukanuba Dog food, Large Breed- Puppy.
    I also give him milk, curd and some homemade bread at times.

    The vet said that the problem is because Rambo is growing fast but his bones are not getting stronger at the same speed. So it is a skeletal issue. He also said, these things happen to pups while growing so it is not a major issue.

    I have attached Rambo's pic here too... have a look... Its not a recent pic.. maybe a moth old... If you need the latest.. I will send that too by tomorrow.














    Quote Originally Posted by Luvmydog2much View Post
    Your little darling is teething.

    Dogs often get weak in the pasterns when teething, he may be carrying his ears funny too.

    I would not ever supplement calcium on a growing puppy. Nor use a multi vitamin.

    I suggest you contact your breeder. If mine, I'd take him off all supplements, and simply let him grow.

    Your using Calcium on him so young would certainly affect his growing joints and you are probably doing more harm than good. And I'd tell the vet just that.
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    He is pretty leggy - you should cut out the extra calcium. No milk, no curd (which I assume is a milk product).
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Thank you all for your support and suggestions... for now I have stopped all calcium and multi vitamin supplements for Rambo. Have also discontinued his occasional milk treat.
    Am just sticking to Euk Large breed Puppy dog food. will take him to another vet overthe weekend.

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