This is my first post and is pretty heffty, please bear with me. I have a 5 yr old amstaff/apbt
mix, named Marley. I've had Marley since he was 8 weeks old, and he lost his leg around 6 months old due to a car accident. I was not present when the accident happened, but Marley being the tough bully he is made it back to me and I took him to the vet, and have since ampuated his rear left leg. I got him in FL while I was in college and ran him daily, as well as bought him a 20lb weighted harness to pull me on my long board as well as for daily runs/walks. Im now out of college and a professional in the nyc area. I have not had the time to exercise him that I used to have.
I would however like to ensure my best buddy's chance for a healthy life. I have recently switched him to a raw diet (1lb ground beef, fish oils, kelp, kalfa, and anti-inflammatory dog powders (I can't recall the name right now)). Is this a good diet? Are there anything I can do to improve it? make it healthier?
I also need to step up the exercise regime (or lack of). I plan to gradually build his stamina and strength through runs/walks starting at a distance of 1 mile and gradually increasing it. Is this enough to ensure his single back leg will be strong enough? I read that 70% of a dogs weight is on their front legs..therefore the lone back leg should only have to compensate an extra 15%...how can I build his back leg up to be strong ?
His current stats are 23 inches tall (at top of back, not head), 85lbs, 5 yrs old.
I believe his lack of exercise lately has caused him to become stressed leading to allergies, and what I believe is red mange(taking him to the vet this sat to diagnose). I really want to make my dog stronger and healthier. What can I do based on him having 3 legs?