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Old 11-16-2018, 11:18 AM
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Unhappy Large Breed Strained Leg and Bladder Problems

Last year we adopted a Pyrenees - Anatolian Shepherd mix pup from a local rescue. She's almost 1 year old and boy is this girl HUGE at 126 lbs already. I noticed today when she's trying to keep up and play with our other dog, she strained one of her back legs in the yard. It looked like she twisted/landed on it wrong. She didn't put any weight on it at first, but eventually did after a few steps and doesn't seem to be seriously injured, and is now walking around the house fine. It definitely startled me, as I don't want big momma to get hurt. Is this common? Is there anything I can do to prevent these strains and injuries? She's on NUTRO Large Breed food, and I've been googling supplements for large breed pups. Does this make a difference?

Also she's had 2 bladder infections in the past year. Once when we were potty training, and another one recently that came out of nowhere and warranted an emergency vet visit. The vet mentioned that she might be prone to bladder infections, as some dogs are. I'm in search of preventative measures for this. I don't want to keep treating symptoms and filling her up with antibiotics if there is some underlying issue. Just want to hear any common experiences or if anyone has any knowledge on this subject. I'm going to ask my regular vet about it at our next bi-annual, or if she gets another one before then.
We also had 2 ear infections in the past year, and now we're on a weekly ear-cleaning regimen. I don't know if any of this is related just putting it out there. It sure is frustrating to have so many problems so early on, just want my girl to be happy and healthy.
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Old 11-16-2018, 12:01 PM
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Last year we adopted a Pyrenees - Anatolian Shepherd mix pup from a local rescue. She's almost 1 year old and boy is this girl HUGE at 126 lbs already. I noticed today when she's trying to keep up and play with our other dog, she strained one of her back legs in the yard. It looked like she twisted/landed on it wrong. She didn't put any weight on it at first, but eventually did after a few steps and doesn't seem to be seriously injured, and is now walking around the house fine. It definitely startled me, as I don't want big momma to get hurt. Is this common? Is there anything I can do to prevent these strains and injuries? She's on NUTRO Large Breed food, and I've been googling supplements for large breed pups. Does this make a difference?

Also she's had 2 bladder infections in the past year. Once when we were potty training, and another one recently that came out of nowhere and warranted an emergency vet visit. The vet mentioned that she might be prone to bladder infections, as some dogs are. I'm in search of preventative measures for this. I don't want to keep treating symptoms and filling her up with antibiotics if there is some underlying issue. Just want to hear any common experiences or if anyone has any knowledge on this subject. I'm going to ask my regular vet about it at our next bi-annual, or if she gets another one before then.
We also had 2 ear infections in the past year, and now we're on a weekly ear-cleaning regimen. I don't know if any of this is related just putting it out there. It sure is frustrating to have so many problems so early on, just want my girl to be happy and healthy.
My only advice would be to make sure she is drinking a LOT or water (big dogs need tons lol) and make sure she doesn't have to wait too long to pee (can cause issues).

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yeah I was giving my dog some nutro wild frontier salmon biccys but after analyzing the ingredients- I'm not gonna buy it. Also after the fda warning about checking the 1st 4 ing. as they have to list majority of ing. 1st & nutros got chicken & lentils 😩 not much salmon & not real salmon- salmon meal, luckily I havnt just been giving her that & she has a variety of fresh meat & dog biccys. I also found it very hard to get protein % in nz on products- there's MUCH less info than the acana site. I'm also not impressed by science diet after analyzing it as far as quality protein % meat & the high amount of wheat etc I dont want my dog eating lots of wheat. I am struggling to find one I'm really impressed with- but will let you know if I do. (We dont have alot of brands mentioned on here & I dont want to have to pay postage from the other side of the world particularly) I'll prob end up making my own based on things a dogs diet NEEDS! seems to be a lot of cereal & animal fat & meat flavouring in purina tux 😩 It is cheap- dogs like them but I wonder how companies can get away with that. I cant imagine dogs were eating raw potato lentils & wheat in the wild in ancient times & find it hard to beleive that alot of ings are really dog requirements. I also think I should feed her more meat that would actually be the right size for her to catch & eat if she were wild, as I think if I'm going to align it with what she would eat in her wild natural environment- she wouldnt be able to catch a cow or buffalo or even sheep, she's a miniature so I think I should give her mostly animals she could catch like fish chicken duck piglets etc just something Ive been pondering. She does need iron tho- so am still giving her some red meat but yeah . . . ear & wees infections that could just be badluck but also boosting her immune system would help fight them off. Make sure where she sits is cleaned properly & use a surface disinfectant. Wash blankets frequently. urinary tract infections can be from bacteria getting in there & when girl dogs sit that part is closer to the ground than boys.
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