Golden Retriever growth should be monitored very closely during the first year with constant consultation with the Vet. Rapid weight gain in a Golden puppy can lead to an unusual level of stress and strain on the joints. The strain can make the joints wear out and become misaligned leading to a condition called Hip Displasia
Hip Displasia afflicts the hind legs of your dog and makes movement difficult. It is an orthopedic health condition that is triggered by unchecked weight gain when your pet is less than one year old. This is a developmental bone and joint ailment that can be avoided by keeping a close watch on the quantities that your pet eats and your golden retriever growth patterns.
At 8 weeks the calories required by your Golden puppy are almost twice as much as an adult dog. But at the same time you cannot go overboard and over feed your puppy. You have to restrict and maintain quantities at a level suggested by your Vet. Otherwise you are setting the stage for obesity and health problems
Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia: There is an obvious change on gait. Due to misaligned joints, the dog is unable to walk properly and compensates by hopping in order to move about. It finds it difficult to participate in activities such as jumping, running and climbing stairs. Golden Retrievers are usually energetic dogs who love activity. If your puppy is reluctant to participate in activities or is finding it difficult to do simple things, then you should immediately get it checked for hip problems and get X-rays taken.
The nutritional requirements of a puppy vary significantly from that of an adult dog and they need a meal specifically development for their nutritional needs. You have to give your puppy a nutritious and balanced puppy food that has good quality protein from a specified meat such as chicken, lamb, turkey or beef.
Here is the golden retriever growth chart reflecting the weights at different stages: