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)
Some info (please discuss any of this with your vet before trying supplements etc)
Your puppy is the same age as my new one Aren't they fun at this age?!
What food are you feeding? Do you have any pictures of your puppy that you could share with us? Supplementing calcium is not recommended in large breed puppies anymore - it was all the rage "back in the day" then studies showed that it was the calcium phosphorus ratio that was important and too much calcium was detrimental.
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Some dogs do this when they are teething and yours is at that age.
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You are so right! He is so full of positive energy and love I forget all my work loads and issues the moment I enter the house!
Regarding your question - Am feeding him Eukanuba Dog food, Large Breed- Puppy.
I also give him milk, curd and some homemade bread at times.
So, you recommending I shouldn't give him multivitamins or Calcium? Ok... will discuss that with my vet because he said that the problem is because Rambo is growing fast but his bones are not getting stronger at the same speed. 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.
Milk and curd are not necessary. Bread is also not appropriate for dogs. You should stop feeding those things.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Calcium is counter productive to weak pasterns. You may be causing it by supplementing the milk/curd/etc by encouraging bone growth w/o muscle/tendon development keeping up.
Stick to the Euk Lg Breed puppy food as that is the best to help slow the growth. I also have a pup that age, right about the same weight also-- but haven't had the issue, teething or not (never heard that, kiddsmom!). And yes, Kiku just lost all of her canines the past few days! Anne