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Hello everyone, my puppy now has a funny walk...hes is at 14 weeks now. He is 38 pounds, overall healthy but hes got this little tick with his leg.

Before I start let me say we took him to the vets and he saw no real concern. When my puppy walks his back left leg (around his hock shoots out to the left and his paw hits his other back leg). Here is a little clip ill try to get a better video hopefully.

https://gyazo.com/ccb8c4aea6a8e5bc2bf5ef237f56b5d9


Vet said he is lacking muscle in his left leg, this is due to him not being able to walk on it properly. Almost every step he trips up on his back leg. Could this be a neurological issue?
 

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Wait... Your vet saw no concern there? Ummm.

How often does he do this? I would be worried about this and probably find a new vet. This could definitely be a neurological issue. Is that all he does? Does he drag his back feet when he walks too? If you flip one of his back feet over so that it's knuckled, does he correct it?

Hopefully others will come on with some more ideas. I don't like the look of that though.
 

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Hey so we actually had the vet check that, he flipped both his back feet and he corrected it on his own. He does it almost every step. The thing is he runs okay. Does not sloppy sit. He jumps normally. he isnt in pain, doesnt show discomfort when he does the weird leg movement. Hips look good from what two vets said.
 

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That is definitely not normal.It could also be an injury or even a birth defect.He's always walked this way?
 

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That is very weird. As Dogma said, it could be a birth defect. Maybe the bones formed improperly? I'm not sure. I would definitely keep looking for answers though. It might not seem to cause him pain or discomfort now, but it could get worse and cause issues later.

Did you get any x-rays done?
 

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He has been walking like this since we've got him. Breeder assured us there was no injury. So we have not done xrays yet, might have to now just to see of it is maybe a birth defect. Hes been so good, he doesn't whine much, hes well behaved around other dogs and people, a giant cuddly teddy bear really. Ears up, adult teeth coming in nicely. Its just this walk is constantly bothering me and i cant get over how he consistently does it. Maybe he could grow out of it like the vet says but id rather tackle the issue now then later.
 

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Imho, the vet is missing something and this walk has been worsening all along. If you take a look at the very first clip you posted awhile back you can see the pups left hind paw hitting the right hind heel as the left foot moves forward especially as the pup moves off the walkway and towards the person. Watch the last two strides closely.

https://gyazo.com/662c29142372ef8e1c696414be9e92cd

Now instead of just hitting the heel, the left hind paw seems to be hooking over and catching on the right hind heel. in the clip you just posted

I would show both of these specific vids to your vet & start insisting that this needs to be diagnosed for concrete answers or find a specialist and I would also inform/send copies of the clips to your breeder. Also, were you ever able to make contact with any other owners of his siblings?

I really hope you find answers to this and that there is a good outcome for this beautiful puppy.

It's just my opinion after watching the two vids multiple times consecutively.
 

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I will definitely take both clips and show them to him. The breeder is aware and asking if we are feeding him correctly. I have informed her that we are and hes getting all the exercise he can handle.
 

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The issue came with the pup so if the problem were nutrition based, it would have started with what the breeder was feeding.

Make sure you back up and make copies of both clips. Show the clips in slow motion to your vet if he/she still states that they can't see it.

Also, I have to add that I'm just a novice owner (but those clips are so blatantly obvious concerning the progression) so pay attention to others on here
 

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Done and done, i even sent her the first clip with a date stamp to show that he came to us like this. Really do feel bad for him as he really is a smart pup and willing to do a lot of things and has already fit in so well. Growing like crazy that is for sure!!

Thanks for your posts really do appreciate it!
 

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I would be getting a second opinion sooner rather than later. That movement while walking is not normal in my opinion. It could be a birth defect or an early injury that the breeder wasn't aware happened. Either way the longer you wait the less likely corrective action can be taken with best outcomes. Only way a vet is going to know what is going on is to start with x-rays of the bones and joints of that leg, hip and possibly spine.
If the vet tells you x-rays aren't necessary run fast to a new vet.
Let us known what you find out. Really cute pup btw.
 

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do another video clip showing the dog walking -- side view .
the clip you have that is recent shows little of what you need to see and mostly
the top of his rear

no muscle tone

what is this pup eating --

He is currently eating orijen large puppy breed food, around 3- 4 cups worth.
 

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That is so sad to watch! And even more sad is the breeder asking if you are feeding him okay! I hope you get some answers and it can be remedied...
 
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