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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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Maybe it's just the picture, but she doesn't look all that skinny; just normal lanky pup. Her pasterns are bad. Definitely feed the best diet you can and provide a lot of very low impact exercise, such as swimming if possible. Are there any rehab places around that you could take her for swimming? It's pretty pricey, but in this case it would be worth it.

It's very hard to tell how much she will improve with time. Her legs are pretty bad, but some dogs improve almost back to normal and others don't. If you knew what her parents were like, it might give you some idea of what to expect.

I've always wondered if wrapping the front legs for support wouldn't help. Something you could breeze by your ortho vet.

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It's not easy to tell because of the coat, but she doesn't look skinny to me. She definitely does has weak pasterns though... no doubt about it.

I'd PM either Carmen (carmspack) or Robin (robinhuerta) about this if they don't see this thread. I know they helped out another member with this same issue not too long ago. They should be able to provide some guidance.
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My pup had this problem. I did a lot of research and of course I found plenty of conflicting information. The majority of information was inclined to low protein and high calcium. I fed him purina puppy chow. I assumed the low quality protein would balance out with the high calcium.

I also never exercised on manmade pavements. It was always grass, dirt, swimming, anything natural.

My pup out grew it, good luck with yours.
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Weak pasterns aren't the same as Carpul sublaxation right? It looks like only her pads touch the ground so I'm not sure. How can you see that it's weak?

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I remember this.

He looks terrific!

Nice job.
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I couldn't agree more with this! Having discussed such things with Carmen when I had my foster, I can concur that she is an amazing source for such information. Absolutely engage her!

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I remember this.

He looks terrific!

Nice job.
Thanks Anthony!

I almost put him back on the plane to the breeder, but I was unsure what would happen to him. I notified the breeder to have it documented and started doing research.

I am so glad I gave him a chance. He really is a nice dog and I like him a lot.
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