Developmental Growth Disorders

Published by
min read

Find food that fits your pet’s needs

Find a dog food that fits your pet’s needs

Find a cat food that fits your pet’s needs

Developmental Growth Disorders in Puppies

Proper nutrition is the best opportunity to keep your puppy healthy throughout her life. If you start her with good nutrition and give her adequate veterinary care from the beginning, her chances of developing a growth disorder are greatly reduced.

Growth disorders include abnormal posture, bowed legs, severe obesity, painful joints, muscle wasting, hip dysplasia and difficulty walking. If your puppy grows too fast, she may develop those symptoms.

Large or giant breed puppies (those who will weigh more than 25 kgs when fully grown) are the breeds most at risk for growth disorders. Other factors like environment, genetics and nutrition also play a part in your dog's risk.

Feeding your puppy the right food in the right way is essential to her proper development. How should you feed your puppy? Veterinarians recommend these options for better control of growth rate and body weight:

  • Meal restrictions - Dividing daily food amount into two to three servings

  • Time-restrictions - Giving food for specific time intervals

It's much easier to prevent growth disorders than treat them, so properly feeding your puppy the right food will be the best preventative measure you can take. For large and giant breed puppies, veterinarians recommend a food with restricted energy and calcium. Medium and small breed puppies benefit from controlled intake of a properly balanced growth formula.

For an accurate diagnosis and treatment options, always consult your veterinarian.

Related Articles

  • Cancer

    Find out what causes cancer in dogs and the treatment options you have if your dog is diagnosed. Discover your options here.
  • Diseases That Are Common in Older Dogs

    Learn about some of the most common diseases in senior dogs and what you can do to best care for their health.
  • Skin Problems That Are Common in Dogs

    Learn about some of the most common skin problems dogs encounter and how you can help keep your dog's skin healthy.
  • Overcoming Obesity in Small Dogs

    Learn how to properly feed and treat your little or small breed dog to keep their weight under control to avoid any weight-related health issues.

Related products