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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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What should I do

My dog is 17 weeks old. The past 3 weeks I’ve noticed his back Hocks turning in when he walks. His hind legs are huge, 12 inches long and have always been very big in compassion to his body. His paws are huge. Now there’s a curve in his lower spine, not sure how concerned I should be. My vet is “waiting on a second opinion”, she was not sure what to tell me. Should I start him on a supplement? Limit his walking? I was feeding Nutrience sub zero for a couple weeks as it did say suitable for large breed as per AAFCO l but just switched to RC puppy German Shepard.
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Do you have a picture of a side view you could share?

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He sits with his legs open and bunny hops up the stairs too.
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There's nothing you can do. Hopefully the vet doesn't find anything that's, debilitating or medically ?? I don't even know. Best case I think, his poor structure limits him physically and you just live within those limits with a sweet, friendly dog.

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I tried to post a few, I have a video too but I'm not sure how to upload it
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Where did he come from? Or what's his pedigree?
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What does he look like walking/standing on grass or other natural surfaces vs the slick tile?
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What does he look like walking/standing on grass or other natural surfaces vs the slick tile?
Is your whole house slippery, OP? It's a really good point about the slippery surface. It would be especially bad for this pup who obviously has more challenges than the average pup. Might even be worth some traction socks for him so he might be able to move more naturally which might help him develop a little better.
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The ground is snow covered. Pretty much the same on carpet though
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