German Shepherd Puppys Legs???

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  1. ma2babygurl13

    ma2babygurl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tucker is 5 months old and is becoming low in the pasterns. He has been raised on RAW since he was weaned. I remember reading somewhere that too much protein can cause this. Here are some pictures I took today. What do you think I should do? Can this be corrected?

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    Any information and what I can do to help him is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Sorry! Wrong thread. [​IMG]
     
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  3. Zahboo

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  5. EweSheep

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    Sometimes it can be genetic as well....called weak pasterns. Since he is a young pup, I would give them some time but my GS I had, she didnt have that bowed appearances. Looks like rickets in kids.
     
  6. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope your pup gets better. [​IMG]
     
  7. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

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    I would do some research on it, I have also heard it is an imbalance of nutrients in the food. As somone else said it is also sometimes genetic, depending ond pedigree. I know American bred (traditional american GSD) can have this problem frequently. I hope you can figure out what it is. I would call his breeder and talk to them about it, they are your best resource for this specific kind of problem that may be an inherited trait. If I were you I would switch my puppy to high quality grain-free kibble and see if that begins to stort out this problem.
     
  8. Stina

    Stina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is your raw diet?.......just saying raw really doesn't tell us anything....
     
  9. Puresilk

    Puresilk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your pup has a mild case of ricketts. You see it pretty often in pups from bigger breeds of dogs. Cut down on the food for a couple weeks, let them get a little on the thin side to cut down on their weight, and put two tablespoons of cod liver oil in its food every day. I have dealt with this a dozen times or more with my boxers and hounds. They will straighten right up, shouldnt take more than a couple weeks. High stress can cause this in younger pups, and too high a protein can cause it as well. I only feed my puppies puppy food up until 10-12 weeks, then I mix it half and half with regular dog food until 16 weeks and then straight dog food.
     
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  10. lorieMN

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    Quote:I agree...looks like ricketts to me..add the oil,but I would stick with raw,if by raw you are feeding whole meats bones and organs in a ratio of %80 meat,%10 edible bone like chicken,%5 liver and %5 other organ..if you are feeding a premade raw ground crap that may be the trouble..real raw meat,whole chunks of it only run about %18 protien..
     

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