To help support your puppy in their early years, there are positive things you can do, which include:
Feed your puppy a good quality diet and ensure your puppy maintains a good weight for their breed and size. Excess weight can put pressure on their joints. Your vet will be able to recommend the best diet for your pet’s needs.
Don’t over exercise your puppy. Although it may be tempting as they have lots of energy, too much exercise can damage their joints. According to The Kennel Club, puppies should get five minutes of exercise per month of age, up to twice daily. For example, 15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, or 20 minutes when four months old.
Long walks or runs should be avoided in the early stages. Mild exercise regimes, together with a balanced healthy diet are all part of a sensible and responsible way to care for your new puppy.
Avoid encouraging your new pet to jump up at you on their hind legs as this can put uneven stress on both hind and front legs at a young age. Make sure members of the family are aware not to over exercise or play too boisterously with your puppy.
A supplement that contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin can help maintain healthy joint function in your puppy.
Speak to your Vet
Your vet will be able to assess how your pet interacts with you as an owner, or as a family so they can give you the appropriate, contextual advice on joint health. Regular vet visits will ensure your pet’s condition can be monitored frequently.