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Old 11-23-2013, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got a new pup, my faithful brother Roony passed a week ago and I can't stand to be without a Shep.
Nothing will ever replace my boy and aren't expecting that, but looking forward to a new relationship.

I have a concern and I can't believe I didn't notice this when I picked him, but his front legs are a bit bowed. Its noticable, he ambles around good but I am concerned this might not bode well for the future.
Am taking him in to the vets MON, but in the mean time, is there any condition or known way that a baby Sheps legs get bowed ?
Someone said something about swimmers legs, never heard of it and am not sure if it is that or not, will try to post pics later.

edit: A friend of mine who is big into dogs told me she thinks he has rickets, so I'm going to do some investigating about that, hope its treatable.

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Old 11-23-2013, 09:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From what I have read, swimmers legs are when the puppy drinks with his legs splayed out at the sides, and if the breeder doesn't turn the puppy on its side, it will not be able to walk when it should. It can be corrected by tying the legs together and binding them for a while. I have never heard of anyone actually having this issue, I just read about it in The German Shepherd Today, by Winifred Strickland and Jimmy Moses. I think first copywrited in 1970's.
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Pretty sure its rickets, which I also have never heard of until today.
Am researching some threads in this forum and elsewhere, when I consult with the vet MON I'll post back.
I'm optimistic, I'm just hoping its nothing degenerative, don't think I could deal with that.
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Not many pics yet, here is one that shows it somewhat, looks kinda deformed
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Is it just like swelling on his joint? Or are his legs actually bowing outwards?

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Seems to be a slight bow when looking at him from the front while he is sitting ... He seems to shake quite often too when standing still and putting weight on them ,, But hard to tell if that simply nervousness coming into a new environment [he came from a litter of 12].
I think its likely the mother was drained and none of the pups got the proper nourishment.
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Not many pics yet, here is one that shows it somewhat, looks kinda deformed
Go have a vet look at that. It looks odd and only they could really give you the best advice.

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Not many pics yet, here is one that shows it somewhat, looks kinda deformed
Does he seem to be in pain?

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Not many pics yet, here is one that shows it somewhat, looks kinda deformed
http://www.ehow.com/how_7714453_treat-rickets-dogs.html

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