Hello all I was hoping some of you might have some information on what causes a puppy to be bow legged. My friend just adopted a 3 month old lab mix from a high kill shelter. When she asked to see the puppy she came out of her cage and laid on the floor. She has a very VERY sweet temperment. This was at the pound, animal control. She held the pup for a while then the worker took her. She made the decision to adopt her. When she brought her home she noticed she walks very funny and seems to be kinda pidgeon toed. Her wrists are kinda turned out and she walks a few steps and then lays down. When she tries to run its almost like a hop.
Also the pound gave her a bag of IAMS Adult dog food, which I thought was pretty crappy considering this is a 3 month old puppy. I did a little research and heard this may cause it. She has a vet appointment set up Tuesday. I would just feel really bad for her if this was genetic. Any thoughts on what the cause would be?
It could be anything. If she wasn't on the right food, her bones could be growing faster then her tendons and muscle. Not knowing what her mix is, it could also be gentic. It is hard to say not knowing where she came from. good luck with her.
Could be weak muscle tone if the pup has been kept confined too much, could also be a dietary issue especially if the dam was not feed correctly while carrying and nursing the pups.Slightly bowed legs are common in some breeds so that may be a genetic factor.
You didn't say what type of breed the dog looks like. The reason they sent it home with adult dog food is that many large breed pups develop bent legs from being fed puppy food. They eat a lot and pack on muscle and fat that their skeletons can't keep up with if fed a food for smaller pups. I suggest you switch to a better brand of dog food but one that is made for large breed pups or feed a better brand of adult dog food. Make sure the pup gets lots of outside time and runs and plays a lot. This will help strengthen and straighten the legs. Sometimes the change in diet, exercise and sunshine can make a dramatic difference. If it was caused by the pup's diet the condition is commonly called "rickets" in dogs.
Thanks to all. I have read a lot about rickets and it says do NOT feed adult dog food. They make it sound like this is the problem. We do not know what mix she is, cause she came from the pound. Dogs that you can definitely tell are pit mix, they will tell you it's a lab mix.
IMO she looks like she could be mixed with a pointer by her nose. But she is small, looks like she will be a medium size dog. She is going to the vet today. They said they could work her in if she came around 4:30. So we will see. I think she needs a HIGH quality puppy food. I have read feeding adult food makes her bones grow faster before her muscles and tendons.
I am posting pictures of her brother and sister who are still at the pound. The pictures are not very good. She seems to be doing better now that she is home she is walking better. The vet will be able to tell what the problem is. I will update today. Here are pictures of the bother and sister. I don't know if you can tell what mix.
Hi i have a 6 month old mastiff pup, he is on wellness adult because adult food has less protein in it, to much protien will make him grow to fast. This was my vets advice. He is growing perfect. He is lean and loves his food. So i don't totally agree with the NO adult food. Its working fine for me. Have the vet tell you what he wants in the food ie, protien, fat content ect. GL
The pup checked out a okay at the vet. He didn't see anything wrong with her legs. He said he did see a slight curve, but other than that her legs were fine. He did see a small sore on her paw, but said it looked to be healing just fine. The puppy is doing a lot better since being out of the place. She is running now and has more engergy. Just wanted to let everyone know!
We have a boxer puppy who is now 3 months. When brought for his booster vaccinations and he too had shown signs of his bones growing too fast for his tendons. Our vet did say to stop feeding him the large breed puppy food and begin on adult food because of the less amount of calcium. I never noticed him walking funny but he did begin to form bumps on his front ankles which I am told is a sign. He also has some issues with bending his legs at the knee up from which we are helping him with. I hope it gets better he seems like a normal puppy now but with large breeds there are so many different issues that come along with their health that need to be paid close attention to. Our other female boxer never had these issues so we were unaware of the signs.
I would put the puppy on a high grade adult food or an all stage food. I would also suppliment the puppy with vitamin C. It is a water soluable so no worry about over doing it. It helps with stress and growth issues. If the problem is nutritional when the puppy is hung(suspended in the air) as in hold the puppy by the jaw bone and between the back legs, then look at the puppy in a mirror. If everything looks correct, but then you sit it on a hard surface and then look in the mirror and it changes, it is nutritional. But if the puppy still looks off when you are holding it suspended, then it is genetic. When it is a nutritional problem if you correct the diet prior to the growth plates closeing, it can be corrected. That occurs between 1 year on smaller dogs and 18 months to 2 yrs on larger breed dogs.
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