thank you all ----
First of all, thanks for giving this dog a chance . She seems a little withdrawn in the picture - but I am sure that with some good food and good care she will come around and be a great family member.
These are not the worst downed pasterns that I have seen.
They don't even look so bad . Huge feet ! Toes look good and it looks like the foot has a good pad . I mention this because a lot of dogs I get to see with downed pasterns tend to also have very long open toed paper thin feet .
She seems under fed , lacking muscle. You can see it on her head which has that clingy look that a dehydrated dog would have. You can see her pelvis and her boney ridge of spine.
If you want to PM me we can look at her complete diet.
Let's start with Vitamin C . When I talk about vitamins it won't be an isolated , synthetic vitamin , but a whole food rich in that particular unit , and accompanied by trace minerals which are necessary for activation (like spark plugs) -quercitin, rutin, bioflavones , enzymes , and co-enzymes . Vitamin C is no more ascorbic acid than Vitamin E is simple alpha tocopherol. Fractionated Vitamin C does not exist in nature .
That it was not as effective as a natural whole Vitamin C was known back in the 1930's when Szent-Gyorgi isolated crystalline ascorbic acid. Two volunteer groups were offered Vitamin C . One group was given the bright white isolate , the other a "dirty" brownish complete C .
Both groups responded . The group that enjoyed the complete synergistic form had far greater positive results.
This was recognized . You can corner a market and sell a drug . You cannot corner the market and control every red pepper, soft fruit berry, food source and be the grocer to the world .
Vitamin C is an anti scorbatic , anti oxidant , anti inflammatory, necessary for the integrity of collagen , ligaments, cartilage, tendons. Collagen is the building block of ligaments and skin .
Dogs are able to create some Vitamin C through their liver . This has long been held as a reason why a dog may not need supplementation with Vitamin C. When stressed through malnutrition, emotional stress, rapid growth , physical exertion , vaccinations that need for Vitamin C may exceed the ability for the body to produce it .
How to provide Vitamin C in the dogs diet through whole food -- rosehip(s) powder, camu camu, red pepper , camu camu, blueberries, raspberries .
MSM - methyl sulfonyl methane -- available as a pure powder or in combination with beneficial glucosamine , chondroitin and sometimes an anti-inflammatory . MSM is necessary for the support of ligament and cartilage . MSM is a sulfur that is found in eggs, sunflower seeds, garlic, beef and poultry.
Glucosamine , already mentioned provides support to ligaments and provides a cushion between joints .
I get pig snouts from the butcher. This is a source of glucosamine .
Silica , available in greens and grasses - nettles, dandelion greens, horsetail (shave grass) etc . is crucial for bones , ligaments,hair, nails, skin, veins .
You are able to go to the store and get these from foods .
Or you can get it in supplemental form already mixed , from "raw" organic or wild crafted whole foods - Feed-Sentials . This also has digestive enzymes, complete, complex whole food vitamin sources , phytonutrients etc.