HI, I’m Jerry Pardue with Build A Better Dog. The painful and sometimes crippling effects of canine hip dysplasia continues to be a devastating presence in large breed dogs with no real cure in sight, only pain fixes.
Pet food continue to follow the teachings of dog food marketers and feed high protein, high carbohydrate diets to their puppies and young dogs which may be the very thing that causes hip dysplasia to be so common in dogs over 35 pounds.
These young pets are growing so fast that their weight is too much for their un-tempered and underdeveloped skeletal systems and the result is the dysplasia that causes lifelong pain and discomfort.
Two things need to be done. One, slow down the growth with some lower protein, lower carbohydrate ingredients mixed into their diet like green leafy vegetables or some specific fruits on a schedule of rotation.
The other is to add a supplement with what is called chelated trace minerals, that is, minerals that are designed to be digested at much higher rates than the mineral compounds presently found in dog foods, minerals that are digested at a rate of only about 6 to 8%.
This will improve bone mass density and give your dog a better frame. This will also add much flexibility and elasticity to connective tissue like tendons and ligaments.