Musculoskeletal Development of the Puppy

Birth – Twelve Months by Georgia Lewis PhD Candidate, BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science, RVN Dogs are one of the most morphologically diverse species as they can range from a 1kg Chihuahua to a 100kg English Mastiff. With gestation ranging from 58 to 68 days all puppies begin life at a similar size, with no teeth and their eyes closed. There is little difference between gestation timescales, however growth and size post-partum varies greatly, depending on the breed (Table 1). Although there is such a variation in size, nutritional and exercise advice for the first twelve months of life scarcely...

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