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This radiograph is of a 2 week old puppy.

If you look closely, you will notice how far the bones have to grow before you have a proper joint! This is why you must be incredibly careful and mindful of growth plates. Too much exercise, jumping up etc too soon can cause serious complications later on in the dogs life.

Remember the basic puppy rule:

Increase by 5 minutes per month! Examples:

8 weeks old = 10 minutes exercise per day

6 month old = 30 minutes exercise per day

Exercise includes: walks, training, playing, running!

Orthopaedic conditions in young pups are on the rise! Please ensure you bare this in mind while enjoying your new puppy!

As published by Hounds to Horses Physiotherapy via Facebook.

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