My Great Dane Puppy Started Limping?

I have a 7 month old, female, German Breed Great Dane. She is 85 lbs. We were feeding her Eagle For Giant Breed Puppies, which was recommended on the Great Dane Lady Website. But, we live overseas and due to shipping problems we are feeding her Nutro Senior which is low in protein (20%) and fat (10%). But she started limping last week while we were house sitting another dane. I am worried about her and I wrapped her joints, which seems to be helping. She has been on this food for over a month or so, enough that we are in our 3 rd bag of it. Should I go back to the Eagle? Is she limping because of the nutrients, or from strain from playing with the other Dane (12 m/o male 130 lbs)? I just want to do what is right by her. We have an appointment today for shots, but my vet office is not to knowledgable about HOD or other giant breed problems. Any advise would be helpful.
*we are limited to Hills, Royal Cannine at the Vets office as far as food and then your standard grocery dog foods. Anything else other than purina, pedigree, Nutro has to be imported from the US

Senior dog food is just that it is meant for aging dogs. It is not good for growing giant breeds. It doesn’t provide all the nutrients a pup needs.
NUTRO is not a good dog food to begin with.
I would definetly either get the pup back onto the Eagle Pack or find another adult dog food that has the protein level of 24%. I dont know where you are or what dog food are avaible to you so I can’t make a recomendation as to which would be best.

Why not ask your friends what they are feeding the Dane your watching?
Pano is another concern I’d have too.

  • odrozaba

    I would check around to see if there is another vet that is more knowledgeable , with the many large breed growing issues like pano. The puppy food would be best because he needs the other nutrients that are in the puppy food. definitely mention the limping to them and see if they can isolate the problem.
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  • Catherine

    Take her to the vet for a check up..

    And give her food that has more protein in it…. You can even make her food for her with items in your house, so that you know whats exactly in it.. But it takes up more time.. Google it if you want :)
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  • Great Dane Lover

    It may be Pano (which is equivilent to growing pains) I would see if there is a vet around that is experienced in giant breed puppies.
    I’m not a fan of Eagle since it is grain heavy and only has one meat source, however it is better then Nutro. I also would not be feeding a senior food even if the protein level is low.

    Look for a better quality food that contains more meat in the first ingredients then either Eagle or nutro contain. Get a good Adult formula…no puppy food, no senior food.
    I don’t know what foods you have available to you..if you have Canidae ALS, Chicken Soup, Wellness…these would be good choices, but there are a lot of others.
    The Great Dane Lady site has some good info, however some is outdated and as for foods it tends to push and promote those that she has a vested interest in. While Eagle use to be one of the top foods it is no longer..there are many that are a lot better.

    While it could be HOD I’m not thinking in that direction because of the low protein food you were feeding (if you were feeding a high protein food then I would really be concerned)..I would be leaning more towards Pano or sprain, strain, excess play…but please see a vet to get a correct diagnosis.
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  • ?Golden gal?

    Senior dog food is just that it is meant for aging dogs. It is not good for growing giant breeds. It doesn’t provide all the nutrients a pup needs.
    NUTRO is not a good dog food to begin with.
    I would definetly either get the pup back onto the Eagle Pack or find another adult dog food that has the protein level of 24%. I dont know where you are or what dog food are avaible to you so I can’t make a recomendation as to which would be best.

    Why not ask your friends what they are feeding the Dane your watching?
    Pano is another concern I’d have too.

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  • (¯`·._)»-(¯`v´¯)-»(¯`·._)

    She may have gotten a sprain from playing with the other Dane since he’s 45 lbs more than her weight. Are the two Danes playing roughly? It may be a cause if the two are playing roughly.

    I recommend changing dog food or better yet, make dog food yourself. There are a lot of dog food recipes you can find around the net. Protein and Fat are two of the most important nutrients your dog needs. Eagle Pack has 23% protein and 12% fat which is also pretty low.

    You can ask anyone you know that has a Great Dane. They must know a lot. Hope this helps.
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  • ilovedogsgrace

    it may not be the food it may just be a sprain or a cut on her foot or a back problem. Check her by seeing is her back different in any sort of way is she leaning on one leg if you touch her leg will she bite you if not check if there are any lumps or bumps different to the other leg and if so bring her to the vet and tell them whats wrong and maybe try changing her diet to see if it helps I would recommend pedigree i give my dogs that and they love it and its seems good for them

    i hope i help and i hope things work out for you!!
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  • Ant

    Most likely, the puppy strained something during play and will recover if you limit her activity for a few days. Is it possible she slipped and fell when running around with the other dog? I’ve had a similar experience with my German Shepherd when he was about 6 months old and he recovered after about a week of limited activity.

    I wouldn’t get too paranoid about the dog food. There is a theory that hip dysplasia, common in large and giant breeds, is caused by overfed puppies growing too fast which means that their bones and joints don’t form properly. Having said that, puppies do need the right balance of calcium so you may want to supplement her diet with raw meaty bones once a week. I’d suggest raw lamb bones or whole raw chicken carcasses. Hills is a pretty good brand and Hills puppy food would be better for your dog than a food made for older dogs. Just don’t overfeed her. :-)

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  • lotsadogs

    Nutro is garbage. My dane pup was weaned onto it at 6 weeks, and at 9 weeks was totally lame. Couldn’t take 1 step, or even stand up for over 2 days. I switched him to EP Natural (per the GDLady site) along with her vitamins reccomendations, and he was walking again within 24 hours.

    I’m betting your problem is nutrition based. Find another food fast. Nothing from a grocery store is good. I’d suggest importing the food, for at least a few more months if you can’t find a good quality food in your area.

    Also, find an orthopedic vet in your area to get her checked out. A vet who doesn’t know about your dog breeds issues isn’t going to be much help.
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