Join Date: May 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Correcting down pasterns?
I recently adopted a 4-5 month old GSD with down pasterns/carpel subluxation. I don't know much about her history, so I don't know if this is a result of genetics, diet, or confinement. We took her to an orthopedic vet who said that because she is so young that he thinks she has a decent chance of outgrowing it, but she is at risk of having arthritis when she is older if it doesn't self correct. I was advised to keep her on a low protein diet to slow down her growth, and add some glucosamine supplements.
It would be really helpful if anyone could share their experiences with this and what worked/didn't work for their dog. I want to do do whatever I can for her ASAP since I'm hoping she is still young enough to get this under control.
I attached a picture of Willow that I think shows her pasterns well... how bad do you think it is? This picture was taken the day after we adopted her. As you can see from how skinny she is, I'm thinking her weak pasterns could be from a poor diet.
Thanks in advance!