11-16-2018, 11:18 AM
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| | 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.