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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by hotdog, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. hotdog

    hotdog PetForums Newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
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    My friend has a four-month-old chow. Recently he discovered the dog has funny legs as shown on picture. What's wrong with that? Does he need to give the dog calcium supplements?

  2. paddyjulie

    paddyjulie PetForums VIP

    May 9, 2009
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    he may just have queen anne legs as they are called,

  3. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

    Apr 15, 2009
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    Looks like he has some growth problems, possibley valgus deformity.

    Calcium wont do anything. He needs to see a vet, preferably an orthopaedic specialist. If it becomes too severe, he may need surgery.
    #3 Nonnie, Jul 5, 2009
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2009
  4. gesic

    gesic PetForums VIP

    Feb 19, 2009
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    It does look like bad confirmation.
    Did u get to see the parents and did you notice if they looked staright at the front?
    I would not be tempted to supplement as pups if on a gd quality food do not need it and you would end up causing other problems if u dont no what ur doing.
    One of mine stood at 10 to 2 and I showed him!! He never did brill but he still had a fantastic hip n elbow score as well as good movement.
    I may be tempted if the pup doesnt put itself right as it grows to suggest hydrotherapy, this if swimming against jets would provide a lot of resistance at the front and build up the shoulder muscles. It would also help re educate the pup to move legs straight out to the front instead of to the side if that was a problem.
    Main thing dont worry, pups do grow at dif rates, the front end can shoot up then the back end and for a while they can look awful but they usually come right.
    Food tip try and feed food ideally less than 25% protien as too high levels can cause the bones to develop too quik thats when u get the risk of a curve in the long bones. Grow ur pup slowly!:wink5:
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