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Unread 01-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default Puppy stair climbing and hip dysplasia

I was reading an article on hip dysplasia in dogs (You Can Help Prevent Hip Dysplasia in your Dog Tales from the Pet Clinic) and found reference to an interesting new study conducted in Norway at the end of the article:

"A recently published study of Norwegian dogs including Newfoundlands, Leonbergers, Labradors and Irish Wolfhounds, found an association between daily use of stairs in puppies less than three months of age and development of hip dysplasia. For puppies less than three months of age, exercising in an area with soft ground and park-like terrain protected puppies against developing hip dysplasia."

For those interested, the link to the study abstract is: Housing- and exercise-related risk factors asso... [Am J Vet Res. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI
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Thank goodness we don't have more than 2 steps in a row! But then we would never get a puppy either. It's hard enough keeping up with Rascal.
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Well, that was an interesting article. This is something I would have never thought of. Thanks!

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