I have read that higher protein diets can increase risk of hip dysplasia due to fast growth?
The key to helping your puppy with hip dysplasia is the growth rate and growth spurts, and this is what a raw diet can help with as its a species specific diet not burdened with poor calories.
Over the last 30 years researchers have studied the diets of large breed dogs, weighing over 25kg, to understand the link between skeletal problems and nutrition. These studies have repeatedly concluded that dietary protein levels is not the problem, in fact its often a dietary protein deficiency that contributes to skeletal problems. What has been scientifically proven to have a detrimental effect on skeletal development in puppies is excessive and an imbalances calcium and phosphorus ratio. Our puppy food has the correct calcium and phosphorus ratio, 1:1.4.
What we would also recommend is that you follow our feeding guidelines to the lower percentage, highlighted below. Monitor the puppies weight and growth every 3 days adjusting the feed accordingly.
0-4 months – 8% of their body weight per day, you may want to reduce this to 6%
5-7 months – 4.5 to 5% of their body weight per day.
8-12 months – 3.5 to 5% of their body weight per day.
Controlled exercise is advisable up until maturity at around 15 months.