9 Weeks

8 Months 

15 Months 

These 3 puppies have one thing in common??

GROWTH PLATES

Growth plates are soft areas that sit at the ends of the long bones in puppies and young dogs.

They contain rapidly dividing cells that allow bones to become longer until the end of puberty. 

Growth plates gradually thin as hormonal changes approaching puberty signal the growth plates to close and that will form your pups bones and joints to last the rest of their lives. 

NOT ALL PUPS ARE BORN EQUAL

Some pups are bred from there mums and dads who have good hips and bone structures within there breed lines. 

Unfortunately most aren't and this is where we see 80% of our dogs selectively  euthanized due to the pain of osteoarthritis and limited mobility.

   

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY

Puppies growth plates and bone structures are taking shape and becoming stronger by the day and its during this time we need to be thinking for them and for there future.

 

We also need to be planning ahead and keeping in mind that there lives are short in comparison to ours.

You might have heard things like don't let the pup run upstairs, no jumping, no fast runs or sudden darts for a ball.

You might already know the reasons for this and understand why but if you don't 

then here is the answer.

For every jump, run, dart, or trip up stairs there's slight damage being done and this damage is more than likely to last a lifetime if we don't rest the pup and allow to heal naturally.

Most if not all arthritis in dogs can be traced back to the first year of a dogs life with the exception of some pups having hereditary dysplasia or bone structure problems when born.

Obviously we cannot see this damage and your pup won't feel it right away, however just a few years down the line and that's when your dog will begin to show the signs of arthritis or joint pain and from that point onwards there is no return and no cure.

  

Just like babies and children, puppies need as much nourishment as they can get to have the best start in life.

It’s well known that pups bone structure is soft and easily damaged without us even knowing it, by providing as much natural proteins, minerals and a good quality food we give the we guy/girl the best chance for development and staying healthy.

 

Puppies grow and develop for months or in some cases over a year after they are born.

They will normally reach their full mature size at or around around one year old with some of the larger breed dogs not reaching full adult size until they are 18 months to two years old.

When a puppy is born the ends of its fore limbs, pelvis and hind limb bones are soft and it is from these 'soft parts' that the bones continue to extend as the puppy grows. These areas are called growth plates. They are the softer part of the bone and are therefore a weaker point.

They continue to be soft as the dog grows, but once the dog stops growing the calcium and minerals within the bones harden the softer areas.

When the hardening process is complete, most growth stops and the growth plate closes.

It is during this growth period the puppy is at risk from bone and joint disorders and this is where the natural proteins and minerals in bone broth play a very important role.

Bone broth will also boost your pup’s immune system and keep the gut in good shape therefore eliminating the opportunity to develop cretin allergies.

   

Should your pup have too much activity this can damage the growth plate development and it is this damage that can prevent the bone from growing normally.

 

If this happens it can result in incorrect growth patterns and a common example of this is when a dog's wrist starts to turn to the inside of the leg instead of being straight.

Another example is in the case of it stopping growth completely - this could then result in the dog having severe problems, such as a shortening of a limb or even developing deformities.

Growth plate damage can be caused by mild trauma like a knock or a bang to the leg, which can result in injury even if it doesn't break the skin. It can also be caused by over exercising while the growth plates are still soft. Therefore, puppies should be protected against damaging growth plates by monitoring the type of exercise the dogs are participating in. This means they shouldn't get involved in any high impact and leg twisting activities until the growth plates are closed.

Scottish canine would always recommend no jumping or harsh training environments for pups and would advise owners to do some background research into the best practice guides when exorcising young dogs.