Hip dysplasia in dogs is a problem that affects at least three categories of people.
These are veterinarians (orthopedists, surgeons, genetics, physiologists) involved in the detection of dysplasia, its diagnosis, treatment, and making recommendations for raising healthy animals. Considering the experience accumulated by dog handlers, they put forward (and then correct!) Assumptions about the causes of dysplasia.
These are dog handlers (breeders, breeders) involved in the compilation (taking into account the recommendations of geneticists) and the implementation of breeding programs aimed at reducing the frequency of this trait in dog breeds, compiling and bringing to the general public dog breeders recommendations for raising healthy animals (and checking the effectiveness of these recommendations, too )
It is the breeders themselves who want to know how to raise a healthy dog, what needs to be done to establish the correct diagnosis, what is the likelihood of this disease in the beloved dog and what to do if she is nevertheless Continue reading
Preparing for the arrival of the puppy, think in advance what dishes your retriever will eat from. The most convenient dishes are made of stainless steel. Plastic bowls are much less durable and very short-lived. It is better for the dog from childhood to reach up to the bowl placed on the stand (you can do it yourself, but, in principle, now such supports on brackets are sold in many “dog shops, and buying them is not a problem), which it is fixed on a tripod depending on the growth of the animal at the level of the elbows or slightly higher.Thanks to this, your pet will develop the correct posture.
Be sure to ask the breeders what feed the puppy is accustomed to at the time of sale. Weaning from the mother, the disappearance of brothers and sisters, an unfamiliar environment – all this creates serious stress Continue reading
A lot has been said and written about calcium supplements in puppy food. As in everything, both excess and deficiency are harmful here. Calcium is necessary for the puppy to mineralize the growing skeleton: 99% of the calcium contained in the body is in the bone tissue. In an adult dog, the process of intestinal absorption of calcium has a dual character: passive distribution and active transfer. If the amount consumed increases, active absorption decreases and the adult, even receiving calcium-rich feed, absorbs no more than 10% of the calcium received. On the contrary, passive distribution plays a more important role in a puppy: it is not capable, as an adult, of clearly adapting absorption to the amount consumed, and the minimum absorption is always at least 40-50%. If there is not enough calcium in the feed, its absorption can be 95% of the diet.
HORMONAL REGULATION OF PHOSPHORUS-CALCIUM METABOLISM Continue reading