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If you’re going to spay your female, look for a vet who can perform an ovary sparing spay. It wasn’t available when I spayed my mastiff female 3 years ago. My vet says they are now teaching the procedure in vet schools. I spayed her because I was keeping my male intact, didn’t want to breed her, and all her growth plates were closed. Unfortunately, spaying changed her metabolism. It’s very hard to keep her weight in healthy range and she developed spay incontinence.
The google pdf calcium list almost 2 years old. I mention this because on the Editor’s Choice forum someone asked about Orijen Large Breed puppy, and it was not the google doc, but it is on the editor’s list of approved LBP food. I would double check all the foods on the list too since many companies reformulate over the years.
Orijen large breed puppy is on the editors choice approved list of food for large breed puppies. The calcium is minimum 1.2% and 1.5% maximum. I feed it to my mastiff puppy. The Google doc has not been updated for some time.
My 12.5 year old boxer had advanced arthritis in his knees and began staggering. We had to put up a baby gate around stairs because he staggered and fell down them:-(.
You may want to consider adding fish oil to his daily supplements.
My vet had our boy on 3 grams of fish oil daily (helps with joints along with many other benefits, so all my dogs are given this daily), loading dose of glyco-flex lll (our vet also likes phycox), prevacox, tramadol as needed the last year of his life. I raised him on a grain-free diet(raw).
At one time you could have your traditional vet run titers, and send the results to Dr. Dodds for consultation. I’m not sure if she offers the service now.
Sadly, I just lost a dog to cancer, but I was taking him to one of the top University Veterinary teaching schools/hospital for chemo treatment. The chief of oncology told me that my boy could never have another vaccination as long as he lived. I asked about rabies, and the doctor told me not to worry, that she would give him a medical excuse to abide by our state law. She told me that she and the staff were vaccinated for rabies, and they run titers on themselves all the time. She said her vaccine has lasted a very long time. My point is…if the University doctors test themselves through titers, I would think they are reliable. Honestly, I think some vets really need to go back to school!!!