Maddie wrote:The high protein levels interests me. A high-protein diet has been cited as a cause for developmental problems in dogs such as ED and HD. A low-protein diet will help your dog for sure. Check out the levels of protein in what you are feeding your dog. High protein can make a dog grow too fast and this is the cause of bone problems. I personally, never feed more than 15% protein in my dogs diet, these large breeds need to develop slowly to minimise chances of joint problems. Enviroment and exercise also play a part, make sure you are not over-exercising your dog. Genetics also play a large part in this, I would notify your breeder your dog has been diagnosed with ED if possible, and ask if any of your breeders dogs have had this too. The parents should have been x-rayed prior to breeding to check for any ED/HD.
The anti-inflammatory drugs are not god for many dogs, causing digestive problems and more, it can be a case of trial and error to find something that suits your dog and relieves pain and swelling. You could go down the more natural route, feed plenty of oily fish, and supplement with an oil, or an oil blend. Flaxseed oil, Hemp oil, or even 'Udo's Choice' - a blend of cold-pressed, organic oils with the correct rate of Omega 3-6-9 is good stuff. I use this as a supplement for my dogs around twice a year. It is expensive, costing about £18 for a large bottle, but you only need to drizzle a little over a meal a day to get the effect so it lasts a while.
ED/HD is something which affects my breed too, decent breeders always have their dogs x-rayed and scored before breeding from them, any with a high score are not bred from.
Hope your dog is ok, and you find something to help.
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