First of all, what breed is your puppy? In some breeds, such as the Basset Hound, the crooked legs are natural. It is the way they are built. When I saw my first Basset Hound close up, I was curious if he was somehow deformed. Nope, perfectly sound and built like a Basset should be.
If you let us know what kind of puppy you have, someone may be able to answer your question.
Also, there is no need to post and repost and repost again. It could be that at the time of your original posting, there was no one around that could answer the question. Have patience and eventually someone will respond. If there is still no response, go back and evaluate your original post and fill in the missing information. Likely then, someone will respond.
1st, he is a golden retriever. 2nd, I waited for 4 days and then reposted both times. I am just really concerned about him, that's all! I know that goldens are not to have bowed legs when they are older, for showing and things like that! We are interested in going something with him in competing. That is why I am worried. By the way, he is only 13 weeks!
What does the vet say about this puppy? Is it his front legs, or all 4? It does'nt sound great for conformation, at all. How big was the litter he came from, and do you know what the dam was fed during her pregnancy?
Would you say the puppy came from a reputable breeder, or not?With a litter that size, the dam would have to be very well fed, and supplemented in some form, with calcium. It sounds very much to me that the puppy perhaps has a calcium, vtamin D deficiency, we used to call it rickets in children.It's still prevalent in the third world countries, of course with absolutely no need. A vet may have a brace that can straighten them, but I'd be surprised if the dog will have the best movement, if the legs can be straightened. May I ask why you bought a puppy with bowed legs?
I am wondering if he was "kennel Kept" kept in a kennel all day long and not outside of the cage much, I have seen in my past of breeding dogs and grooming dogs the difference in a kennel dog and a home enviroment dog. The kennel dog will have hardly any strength in it's legs, usually back legs, though and they are bowed out and the dog will go round and round in circles, they don't even know what stairs are , I could go on and on, I have a kennel dog that a man got rid of and I took her and she just can not get the strenth in her legs and she does go down the stairs now. But the potty training thing YEAH right.
How could you not even know what the dam ate? Didn't you ask? That was one of the questions that I always asked breeders when I was researching.
Also, each breeder that we bought a pup from always gave us a bag of food so that the pup could continue on the same food so as to avoid potential upset stomachs/diarhea.
And yes, haven't you been to a vet yet? That should be the pup's first trip after coming home. I would also be on the phone with the breeder as soon as I noticed any problems, to question them. Goldens are overbred and VERY prone to dysplasia, so if you bought from a BYB that doesn't even do testing...
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
I hadn't heard of it in goldens but I do hear about it in breeds that grow tall and then grow heavy. One of the most frequent causes is feeding commercial puppy food. That is why some dog food companies now market puppy food in a "large breed" formula. In a nutshell, puppy food helps puppies grow - fast. A large breed puppy will grow so fast on regular puppy food that its bulk becomes too much for the strength of its skeleton. Get the pup off puppy food if that is what you are feeding. We fed our hound pups adult dog food. Another thing you can do to help is make sure the pup gets plenty of calcium - cheese, yogurt, milk, etc. Pups can digest dairy products. When they get older it may cause digestive upset but while they are pups it can be very beneficial. Make sure the pup gets a lot of outdoor exercise since sunlight helps (vitamin D) and the more a dog uses its bones actively (running, jumping, etc.) the more the dog's body will work to strengthen those bones. The increased blood circulation from exercise will also help.