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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-04-2009, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Pasterns...

What can I do to keep my boy's pasterns from downing? I hear a lot of conflicting info on the web.
Little or no exercise.
Lots of walking or swimming.
No walking on cement.
No walking on hard surfaces.
Only dog food with 21% protein.
LONG walks on sand or grass.
Crating your puppy (if it has downed pasterns) and only letting it out to potty until it's pasterns are normal.
No roughhousing with other dogs - too stressful on their joints.

I am lost! I have read all of that and more on many different sites.


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Re: Pasterns...

Is there an issue with your guy's pasterns that's making you worry?
Usually pasterns aren't something to worry about unless they are showing signs of being weak. And in that case there's only so much you can do to strengthen them.

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Re: Pasterns...

I am trying to find out answers to these questions as well. It is very conflicting with all the stuff on the web. I have come to my own conclusion to cut down on the protien and I try not to let him jump around. But hes a puppy, so thats really hard to do...I didnt get much advice from my post so I will keep an eye on yours and hope you get some good tips..one thing i was told to do was feed him with a raised bowl, but I feed raw so that would be hard to do as they take their meat out of their bowl to eat.

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Re: Pasterns...

One of his pictures made his left pastern look weak, but I haven't noticed it in any others, and I just want to be prepared if he does have an issue.

His parents both have GREAT looking strong pasterns. And his siblings also look good.


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Re: Pasterns...

found this
http://www.total-german-shepherd.com...dpasterns.html

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Re: Pasterns...

That link seems pretty helpful, i'll have to see if I can get Odin to sit still for pictures because i'm starting to think maybe he's slightly weak in the pasterns, but i'm only noticing it some of the time.

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