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Old 03-28-2014, 08:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Walking On Back Of Legs? Bleeding?

Here's one I don't see an answer. Our pup is almost 16 weeks old. I've been doing some longer walks off leash. She is from a 'show line', slanted back and all.

When walking she often has part of her rear legs on the ground, this is the part above the foot pad. There is no real protective foot pad in this area. She gets 2 raw spots in this area, one on each hind foot/leg. Often it leads to slight bleeding. This is somewhat dependent on the ground, frozen snow, ice rather bad.

Yes, I try to limit contact with rough surfaces, terrain. Besides that will this condition clear up? Maybe better form or calloused up contact area? It's not so much an issue while running, but has been going on for a while. Thanks
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I guess I would ask first what the opinion of your vet is. If it's a conformation issue, I've had ASL dogs, especially long legged ones, that have been down on their pasterns until they build enough muscle mass to straighten their legs. This causes them to walk on their heels until their pasterns come up. Hope that's some kind of answer!
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Hopefully it will get better when the weather improves. I agree to have your vet take a look, but what we do at flyball for dogs who burn their stoppers on the box, is wrap their lower legs with vetrap. You can also buy neoprene wraps, that velco on, they might help give your dog some protection.

If you try this it is **VERY IMPORTANT** that you don't wrap too tightly, as you can cord the leg. You put it on just tight enough to not slip off, vetrap is pretty sticky, so it shouldn't need much.

http://webpages.charter.net/dhfm/ZControl.html

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Thanks for the tips, it is relatively minor, still a concern. We have a Vet visit next week, I will ask there. I do think it will fade away as she grows.

I took her for a walk today & was in an open field with no ice, much better walking & running. I'll be trying that as much as possible, the closed snowmobile(hiking) trail has the frozen snow & ice base.
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I think you are describing a problem with the rear pasterns contacting the ground? Maybe if you did a search on "downed pasterns" you'd find some pertinent posts.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, that's it, I didn't have the correct terminology. Lots of info with the 'downed pasterns' search. For starters I'll watch what we walk on, double check the dog food protein level, and consider some recommended supplements.
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