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Old 09-14-2008, 12:00 PM
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Puppy down on Pasterns

I noticed yesterday that our 16 week old is down on his pasterns. I am feeding Innova (green bag) which is 24% protein. I am reading he should have around 21%. Also I have read about Vit c, and i was wondering if anyone has used sure grow by kv pet? They say it is for down pasterns?
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:23 PM
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21% protein is way too low for a growing Rottweiler puppy. It may be fine for a Great Dane..but not a medium-large breed.
The Adult Innova is considered an all-life-stages food...and should be fine. What does your puppy weigh?
I would start adding vitamin C, many breeders do advise to add it to prevent orthopedic problems. Start in low doses (250 mg) and make sure puppy tolerates it, and then build up the around 1000 mgs? (check that amount out for a young puppy).
Have you contacted your breeder? What does your breeder say?


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Old 09-19-2008, 12:50 AM
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Re: Puppy down on Pasterns

If I remember correctly, my breeder told me to feed my puppies out of raised food bowls ans keep adjusting the height as they grow, she told me it helps with their pasterns. I'm not sure if that really helps, but I do it anyway.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:23 AM
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Re: Puppy down on Pasterns

avoid keeping him on hard surfaces.
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