Your puppy has an impressive average of 321 bones. That's 115 more than we have as an adult and all of those bones need to develop safely once the puppy is born. While certain joint problems can be genetic there are some things you can do to help your puppy have a healthy, active life with strong bones and healthy joints.
EARLY PROTECTION IS KEY TO LIFELONG WELLBEING
What you feed today could impact your puppy's joints for the rest of his life. Knowing what to feed and for how long can be confusing especially as dogs exhibit the greatest diversity of size of any mammal, there can be a 100 fold difference in adult body weight between breeds. In other words one size doesn’t fit all. Toy and small breeds can grow into adulthood by just ten to eleven months, reaching 50% of their adult body weight by only 11 weeks and gaining just 100 grams per week up to 6 months of age. Giant breeds such as the Great Dane, despite growing as much as 1.5kg per week in the first 6 months, and taking ~5 months to reach 50% of their future adult body weight, may continue to mature for up to 15 months or longer. This is why it’s so important to feed the correct puppy food tailored for their toy, small, medium, large or giant breed needs.
AVOID TOO MANY CALORIES
This is especially true for faster growing large and giant breeds as a high energy dense diet can potentially cause joint development problems such as hip dysplasia in susceptible dogs. Feeding controlled amounts of energy will allow your large breed puppy to grow to his potential and genetically determined height, at a safe, slower and more controlled rate. This is better than providing an energy dense diet (too many calories per gram of food) which increases the risk of taking in too much energy, leading to faster growth and joint development problems.
AVOID TOO MUCH CALCIUM
Over supplementing with calcium (e.g. tablets, bone flour) can have serious long term consequences for larger breeds. While often done with the best of intentions some puppy owners believe it's important to supplement the diet with calcium for 'bone support'.
STRONG BONES AND HEALTHY JOINTS
Irrespective of size, be rest assured all EUKANUBA puppy diets are tailored to breed size accounting for their different growth rates. Each puppy formula provides a carefully controlled level of calcium for strong bones, omega 3 fatty acids to help support joint health, high quality animal proteins for strong lean muscles and natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate to help support healthy joints.
Our carefully formulated Large Breed diet has even tighter control of the calcium and energy level to help guide these breeds through their critical growth phase.
As a leader in trusted tailored nutrition since 1969 we know the affects nutrition can have your puppy's developing bones. What you feed today really can last a lifetime.