Please take a careful look at what a puppy’s hips look like.  These fragile joints are in your hands.  When raising your puppy there are so many things you can do to protect them.

 

This is an X-ray of a 2 week old puppy.

X-ray of 2 week old puppy

X-ray of 2 week old puppy

Look at how far the bones have to grow before they become a proper bony joint!

This is why you should never let puppies jump, walk up/down stairs, over exercise or over train.

Doing too much impact activity at a young age will cause serious issues later in life, or even at a young age as hip dysplasia and other orthopaedic conditions are rising in puppies!

Remember the puppy rule for every month increase activity by 5 minutes! For example an 8 week old puppy only needs 10 minutes physical activity a day – a 6 month old only needs 30 minutes a day of physical activity!!

*physical activity includes – going for a walk, training, playing fetch, running, playing with other dogs etc.

Enjoy your new puppy but remember you wouldn’t make a 6 month old baby run a mile a day so don’t make your puppy either!

by: Lauren Murray BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare

 

Sashas Blend is safe for puppies from the age of 8 weeks.

 

Ornella von der schwarzen Natter – IPO 2 National Champion 2016

“Especially because I own large breed working dogs and we train them for sport, I have always supplemented their food every day with a maintenance/preventative dose of Sashas Blend and have done so from the time they are 8 weeks of age.”

– Angela Ahern

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