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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by frances888, Aug 20, 2009.


  1. frances888

    frances888 PetForums Junior

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    I have a 4 month old Newfoundland puppy. Recently he has started to walk differently. When he takes a step with his hind leg he twists his foot and drags his pads across the ground. After a while walking he has worn down his outer most pad to the point where it is bleeding. Could this just be because he's growing quickly and needs to adjust to his ever changing body? Or could it be something else. We go for a walk everyday, about a km long.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. xxwelshcrazyxx

    xxwelshcrazyxx PetForums VIP

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    Oh Wow! a Newfie puppy my husband wants one of them, they are stunning looking dogs, like teddy bears.
    That dont sound good at all, Have the puppy been running and twisted its ankle bone etc, I would take it to the vet to get it checked out, especially as it is bleeding now on the outside of the pad. dont leave it too long will you. bless him. See what the vets says.
     
  3. Nonnie

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    You could be over exercising him. This could cause joint and mobility problems as he gets older.

    Ive no idea if this is too far for a newfie, but it sounds a long way for a puppy in one sitting.

    Id get him checked by a vet, its not normal, and sounds like its causing some serious problems.

    Were his parents hip scored?
     
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    I agree with Nonnie, a 1km walk is too much for a 4 month old puppy, and I would be particularly careful with a large breed known for HD.
     
  5. bucksmum

    bucksmum PetForums Senior

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    I'm in agreement with Noonie, think you are over exercising him.He should only be having approx 20 minutes of walking a day.It could,only could, be hip dysplasia,which is under normal circumstances x rayed for at a year but in your situation i'd pop him along for an exam at the vets asap.
    I hope it's not,do you know if he is from hip scored stock?
     
  6. dinks

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    I would get yourself booked in to get a checkup with your vet to make sure he doesnt have any probs with his hips/pelvis/stifles - sounds as if he is uncomfy and if he is scuffing his pads that is not normal.Is he insured - your vet may want to refer to orthopaedic specialist at some point if needed.
     
  7. NormanNewfie

    NormanNewfie PetForums Newbie

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    Hi I'm new to the forum.

    Our 8 month Newfoundland (Norman) has just came back from getting his first hip done with TPO (Triple Pelvic Osteotomy). He was diagnosed with Hip dysplasia a couple of weeks ago and referred to an orthopaedic specialist in Fife.
    We had stuck to giving him very short walks from when he was 13 weeks and continue to do so to this day. I think we started at 15 mins and gradually increasing to 1/2 hour. We would also keep a close eye on his diet also to make sure there was not any undue extra weight put on his hips while he was growing (He's 8 months and 48kgs, with the vet saying he was perfect weight and looked nice and lean). Even through all our best efforts to keep his activity down we still noticed that his hip's "clicked" when he sat down and he would scuff his back paws when he walked. I also though that he didn't have as much muscle built up on his rear legs as his front, he also seemed to carry most of his weight over his front when he was walking.
    We took him to the vets to get checked over and his x-rays showed HD in both hips. Thankfully there was no sign of any arthritic damage to the joint and he was eligible for TPO.
    Hopefully he'll make a full recovery although the first few days he has been home have been very hard, seeing him in pain is not a nice thing. But we know that this is the best option for him in the long run.

    If I was you I would go along to the vets to get him checked out. Hopefully it's not HD and something less serious.

    We got our Newfie from a very reputable breeder, both parents had excellent hip scores and she has been nothing but fantastic in helping us with our wee man.
     
  8. frances888

    frances888 PetForums Junior

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    Thanks for all the advice. Flanker's parents both had excellent hips. He was at the vet a couple weeks ago and the vet said his hips were good. I'll make another appointment just to be sure. We're going on shorter walks as well. I took him for a short one today and he didn't walk funny at all. I guess it's when he gets tired.

    Thanks again!
     
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    frances888 PetForums Junior

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    I took Flanker to the vet last week, and his hips are great. He just has tender pads. The vet gave me suggestions as to what to do. good good! :smilewinkgrin:
     
  10. rona

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    Good news, hope it works.
    I suppose he is going through the gangly stage at the moment so it may come right in the end
     
  11. bucksmum

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    Oh,what a shame :( sounds like you did everything right and have been very unlucky.
    I hope he recovers well and can lead a normal life :)
     
  12. bucksmum

    bucksmum PetForums Senior

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    That's great news,so glad it's not his hips :)
     
  13. felicity price

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    Hi ya

    I have a 13 month old and a five month old newf and when they are young we work by the 5 minutes walk for every month old they are and never walk them more than that twice daily. Ie our 5 month old gets a 25 minute walks 2 x a day. We rarely walk our 13 month old for longer than 45 minutes at a time as I dont think it is good for them with them bein sooooo large. Hope that helps :thumbup:
     
  14. Malmum

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    We did the 5 min per month of age thing with the Mals too as they are a large breed. They'd have two or three short walks per day. It didn't stop Flynn having severe HD though and he had his first hip replacement last Aug at just over two years - the other will be done in Feb. He never showed any signs until he was around one year old when he started walking with a stilted gait after coming back from a walk.
    The sticky "Diary of a hip replacement" on here is about him and his recovery. He got a definite diagnosis with a hip x ray.

    I'm glad your boy's hips are okay and perhaps it's just because he's a growing lad that he lumbers sometimes. ;)
     
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