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Crooked and gimpy

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Sugaree, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. Sugaree

    Sugaree Puppy

    Ugh, my pit pup rescue seems to be a bundle of bone issues. The x rays revealed the hip dysplasia and he stands with his front paws turned out but the bottom of his fronts look bent inward. And today he was limping. Left shoulder kinda looks awkward and his elbow moves out away from his body. Hard to judge comfort with him. I got him a memory foam bed cause he's stiff when he gets up. I have throw rugs so he doesn't slip too. Doing glucosamine as vet ordered. He wants to play hard but I'm reluctant to do that. So I let him play but then crate him for rest. Any ideas to help Tucker would be great. He's a young guy. K9s aren't all the way in yet.
     
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  2. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    I am so sorry to here this. Have you considered a raw prey model diet? I am a big proponent and my GSD with hip dysphasia greatly improved when I made the switch years back. Also, again, keep him as thin as possible.
     
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  3. Sugaree

    Sugaree Puppy

    No. I have to look into that and learn more. My vet said change to adult dog food now. My vet wants me to neuter him but I'm not right now at all. The surgeon said not to. Let him grow and put down more muscle to help hold his hips in. My dog trainer at West Michigan K9 also agreed. I don't free feed. It's important with other breeds like Danes and Newfs and I had Newfs so I've always agreed with controlled growth. I'll look into the diet you suggested. Thank you. Oh! I did get him a memory foam dog bed! Oh. I said that already. Seems less stiff when he gets up! I'm still glad I picked this dog off the beach though. He's a hoot and a holler! Thank you for the diet information. I will look and learn about it.
     
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  4. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Vets typically know nothing about proper nutrition for dogs. Good call on the neuter - healthier for him if you don't. My GSD also has a memory foam bed and he loves it. Makes a huge difference. I believe daily walks help, just don't overdo it.
     
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Not all glucosamines are equal. You need to get a really good one.
     
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  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

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  7. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

  8. GK1

    GK1 Puppy

    Overfeeding processed kibble risks growing the pup too fast, which is not good on joints. Consider foods high in nutrients which benefit joints. I periodically slow boil about 6 chicken feet for an hour. Chill the broth. You can toss out the cooked feet or feed them as is. But the rendered gelatin is what is helpful for the joints. I give about a tablespoon of gelatin per feeding. Raw chicken or turkey necks, beef trachea or any raw connective tissue/cartilage will be of benefit too…if your dog tolerates raw. Most/all these inexpensive raw parts are avail in Asian/International supermarkets. Any pet grade joint supplements will be inferior to human grade products. JMO
     
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  9. Sugaree

    Sugaree Puppy

    Thank you!
     
  10. Sugaree

    Sugaree Puppy

    Ok. I like to walk but I won't go to long.
     
  11. Sugaree

    Sugaree Puppy

  12. Sugaree

    Sugaree Puppy

    How do I know it's a good one. Can I use Move free? It's glucosamine chondroitin hyaluronic acid and MSM
     
  13. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Research reviews, ingredients, etc.
     
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  14. Sugaree

    Sugaree Puppy

  15. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

  16. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Let me get back to you on that. You have to be careful with Vit. C.
     
  17. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Yes, if the dosage for your dogs weight are appropriate. I no longer do so because one of mine will pick it out (and not eat it) even if buried in raw ground beef.
     
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  18. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Doesn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    I am going to chime in here and state that we have always purchased supplements from our vets. Yes, they are pricier, but I have always felt that we can better target the goal and we have better recourse, if the goals are not achieved.
     
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  19. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    With animal specific drugs, I agree completely. However, for supplements like glucosamine, I generally believe the people versions are better as they are likely under stricter regulation and oversight, as well as significantly less expensive. Vet's prices for widely available supplements are outrageous and I do believe that many, not all, vets put $ ahead of their clients' (owners and animals) interests. Derek's $45/week dog food recommendation by his vet is a perfect example.
     
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  20. Sugaree

    Sugaree Puppy

    Thank you very much. I want to do everything I can to make this dog's life great. I'm totally hooked on pits now. I'll be waiting.
     

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