How young can dogs have puppies
Dogs grow very quickly in a very short time: While a person grows from birth to an adult body about 20 years, our dogs usually do this in one year, with large dogs in about 1.5 years. If movement disorders occur in young dogs or puppies, such as hobbling or stiff, uneven walking, there is only a short time window in which it is possible to intervene with manual treatments or physiotherapy exercises and to correct them as well as possible.
If the puppy or young dog has movement disorders, it is important to react quickly.
A puppy still has a large amount of soft, cartilaginous bone structures in its skeleton. These are elastic and conditionally malleable - this is also necessary for childbirth. Until the 7th or 9th month of life, however, the soft cartilage in most long bones, such as the upper arm, is replaced by harder bones. The young dog needs this in order to be able to move around for a long time. The conversion of cartilage to bone is also determined by the amount of force and the axis of the load vector.
If the movements are symmetrical and the load is not too high, a healthy skeleton is created. However, if there are incorrect loads in the first few months, e.g. because the pelvis has shifted when it fell out of the puppy box and the puppy is crooked as a result, this can affect further growth. In this case, an osteopathic treatment is useful to correct the position of the pelvis.
Some breeds and dogs are more genetically predisposed to skeletal disorders, some less.
Unfortunately, many of our dogs suffer from a genetic predisposition to skeletal disorders. An example here is elbow dysplasia or hip dysplasia (HD). Unfortunately, manual treatment cannot prevent these genetic joint changes, but our patients have shown time and again that manual treatment can alleviate the severity of the disease. Not in all patients, but quite often.
Recognize the first signs immediately.
Should you do things like:
- uneven walking,
- a raised back,
- increased sensitivity to touch in the back,
- If you notice that your puppy or young dog does not lift the head or the like, then it makes sense to introduce this dog to an osteopathic veterinarian.
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