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Old 04-09-2015, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to the world of Labs and the one thing I am extremely worried about is his joints.
At 14wks old he has no problems, and I don't expect him to. He is on an excellent diet, which I am very happy with and he's doing great on.
However i'm wondering if I should start adding any supplements now to help later on in life? Or is it too early to mix up his diet.
I don't want to cause an imbalance in his diet by adding things to an already complete food.

However I am well aware that labs are quite prone to joint problems and want to do my best to avoid it later on!
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I wouldn't be adding anything at this stage. A good, balanced diet and sensible amounts of exercise should be all you need to do. Avoid him sliding around on slippy floors or jumping up and down steps and you will be doing as much as you can do.

Most older dogs will suffer from stiffness and arthrities, the same as people do but for now I wouldn't be worrying too much about that. If he has HD or ED in his make-up then it is going to show itself whatever you do and supplements aren't going to prevent it.
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True, i'm trying to restrict his jumping as much as I can do! A bounding pup is hard to control I've found out ha.
He has 3 generations free of ED & HD so he should be absolutely fine in that case, i'm just being a worrywart.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm never in favour of supplements of any kind unless really needed.

One thing to remember, Labradors are a very healthy breed as a whole, who suffer from very few problems. But because there are so many of them vets are always going to see more Labs than any other single breed. Last year for example there were 34715 Labrador pups registered and if just 1% suffered from bad hips that would be 347 dogs. Irish Red Setters, which have far worse hips, had only 829 pups registered, 1% of which is just 8 pups with bad hips! At that rate many vets in the country would see a Labrador with HD in a year, but most vets would not see an Irish Setter with bad hips in a life time! Add to that the fact that most people without a problem do not bother to post that they don't have a problem where the people with a problem understandably post, even if to ask advice, and you start to see how Labradors get a name for bad hips!

I'll just add that I have had Labradors since 1972 and have, to date, never had a problem. My puppy Chloe is 7 months old, and to now has been fine and I have no reason to think that anything may be wrong, but because I work my Labradors I shall be getting her hips scored once she's old enough simply in order to make sure that I will not be doing her any harm with all the running, fence jumping and carrying heavy loads that the work entails.

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