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What else can I give 4 months lab pup to avoid any muscle related problems?

Hi... I have a lab pup who is a little over 4 months old. He completed his last vaccination last week. He weighs 16.5 kgs as of Sunday which I believe is healthy but according to the vet might be a little overweight. The vet also spoke to me about hip dysplasia which is common in labs and can happen due to overweight. While I feel the pup is super active and is walking/running normally, the vet has asked me to come for an x-ray on the 17th. I have a few things which I would like to clarify: - My house has a regular apartment flooring which might be slippery for dogs however I take my boy Danny for regular walks on concrete surfaces, grass and sand twice a day for 20-25 mins each time and exercises in terms of climbing up & down on staircases; Can the flooring still be harmful enough to cause hip problems? - Is 16.5 kgs overweight for a puppy who is 4 months and a week old? - Currently he is on Pedigree large breed puppy kibble which he loves. I have also started giving him one boiled egg daily. What else can I give him to avoid any muscle related problems and to help him develop a healthy set of muscles? Any suggestions or advise will be appreciated. Thanks..
By Gautam Mohata · 11 Jan 2012 2:25 am


By vignesh · 11 Jan 2012 5:19 am
16.5 is not overweight.....yes flooring will be problem for your dog if yu keep him inside the house and if its slippery then his leg will bend and there is no solution for that......if yu can give him TOW food or switch to homemade food
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By Gautam Mohata · 11 Jan 2012 4:47 pm
Unfortunately I live in a rented apartment so can't really help the flooring. I am thinking of moving to home food. However the worry about his hip still remains. He is very active and is not showing any symptoms of any hip trouble. But still the vet has asked me to get an x-ray done. While I will go for the x-ray, I would appreciate suggestions from anyone on this forum which can help me prevent any troubles for my boy. Are there are specific exercises that I can make him do or any specific food that I can include to prevent any muscle/bone related problems.
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By vignesh · 11 Jan 2012 6:29 pm
dude he is 4month old dnt worry hip problem is common in lab.....check his parenths whether they are having some prob or not.....if parents are healthy he will be fine for several yrs.....for floor use mat in his room
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By Rajesh Raghupathy · 11 Jan 2012 10:12 pm
If u r not a vegetarian please try to add raw chicken feet to the food menu. Put him on down position for some time everyday that will give some exercise to the hip. Also when he sits make him sit with his butt under the feet. Not completely on the butt. This will also strengthen the hip. When u find time try to massage his hip and hind legs.Give him regular walking and running on the mud. Hip dysplasia starts to aggrevate and show up after 6 months and is a result of overbreeding. So please take care of ur dog.
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By Ayon Saha · 12 Jan 2012 12:06 am
16.5 IS a little overweight at 4months.

Pedigree is not recommended...if u wish to keep him on kibbles switch to some others....again raw and home made diet is the best for many reasons....I see a fair amount of protein in his diet...that's good but always keep a check that it does not exceeds the limit then it may be harmful....Proteins, minerals and good exercise are good for muscles.

U may use carpet if think your floor is too slippery.

Again, none over here, i guess, will comment on what your vet has said and the X-Ray thing because we did not see your dog...your vet would be an expert who had physically seen your doggy and he is in a best position to judge whether he needs an X-Ray....but if he completely healthy then he might not require one at this early age at least for dyspalsia.
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By Gautam Mohata · 12 Jan 2012 12:18 am
Thanks Rajesh & Vignesh. Your tips are surely helpful... :)
I am a non veggie and will start to include boiled chicken in his diet. However for the raw chicken feet, do I just give them to him to eat or do I boil them? Also do I cut the nails? How does that work?
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By vignesh · 12 Jan 2012 7:37 am
for dogs raw food is best many myth says that he will became ferocious that n all totally ridiculous......for cutting nails use nail clipper....if he is in rougher surface he by himself will cut the nails by rubbing his paw
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By Rajesh Raghupathy · 12 Jan 2012 9:21 am
No Boiling. I m a fan of PMR and i feed everything raw to my dogs. I have seen all their skin problems to vanish and in perfect shape now. I have read articles where raw prevents hip dysplasia. Also raw prevents already occured dysplasia from aggravating.
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By Gautam Mohata · 12 Jan 2012 6:36 pm
Sorry.. I think I was not clear... About the chicken feet... Should I cut the nails off before I give it to him or should I give it with nails?
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By Rajesh Raghupathy · 13 Jan 2012 8:48 am
yes u ve to.. when u r giving it for the first time. Your puppy can regurgitate sometime the bones out. Do not panic. its just that the tummy is adapting to the food.
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By D.chakrabarty · 13 Jan 2012 10:00 am
gautam jee. we live in apartment and have marble flooring. i have a gsd dog. everyone said that they get leg problems. my dog was actually under weight and as a result, never really developed leg problems. at 4 months, he was about 10 kgs and at about 10 months he was 15 kgs. any sort of commercial food or kibbles are responsible for obesity. so stop kibbles right away and switch to homemade food. as for the raw food, i have tried it myself. some dogs are well adapted to it. however in mu case, there was a trmendous bout of diarrhoea and vommitting after raw(after feeding raw for about 7 months) it was propably due to tape worms. meat in our country is not really fit for raw consumption. so i wud suggest u to take boneless chicken, rice and boil it and give it to ur dog. u can add paneer, eggs, veggies also. thank you
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By Gautam Mohata · 13 Jan 2012 10:36 pm
Ms. Chakrabarty.. Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences. My last visit to the vet was on the 8th and after my discussion about Danny's hip I have reduced the quantity of Pedigree and have been moving to home made food. In another week or so I will move him to home food completely. I agree with you about feeding him a raw diet and will stick to boiled chicken or meat with rice and vegetables.

BTW, your dog looks great. :)
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By D.chakrabarty · 16 Jan 2012 10:18 am
thank you sir :D
and i am very glad that you are a caring owner.
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