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    Default Re: I love my little guy but I think his feet are deformed--please advise

    He is a cutie, and I would for sure let your vet take a look, there might be something they can do to correct it since he is still young, without surgery. That might explain why he is sluggish to get up, it might hurt him to walk.
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    Default Re: I love my little guy but I think his feet are deformed--please advise

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonBullyLover View Post
    I love this pup. He has been with us for 1.5 weeks. We've gone through diarrhea but his energy level is perking up.

    I didn't notice so much when I bought him but it does appear his legs are deformed or at least don't meet the breed standard. I think its called harefoot? I'm attaching a couple of pictures for you bully experts to look at. Do any
    of your pups have this? Should I be concerned? Should I say something to the breeder? We do love him. His walk does seem to be cumbersome though. I have tile throughout the house and I've laid mats down for him to walk on.

    Do you guys all have bullies that meet the akc breed standard? Just curious.
    Your cute baby has East/West Pasterns (referred to often as an eastie/westie). This condition is usually due to inadequate diet. The majority of east-west pasterns have less to do with genetics and more with nutrition. Sometimes, this condition is temporary and the pup will outgrow it if his nutritional needs are met with a correction in diet. However the condition, if prolonged, carries a risk of putting excessive strain on the joints and inner legs, hastening the structural breakdown of the bone plates. This could ultimately lead to arthritis in the joints or other degenerative joint disorders.
    You should change him over to a very high quality diet and also have a vet take a look at him in case the issue is in fact genetic. Also, make sure that if you have slippery floors (hardwood, linoleum, etc) that you lay down some rugs so that he can get good footing. Good luck! He sure is a doll!

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    Thank you so much @[replacer_a]. He has been on a bland diet and I am slowly integrating Fromm Puppy Gold. Would that be an acceptable diet?

    I also called a long time breeder here in Houston and asked him his opinion. He said that he has seen a bully come out of this by the time they are 8-10 months old He said if he doesn't come out of it by then it will be permanent. He strongly encouraged me to put Rocky on the grass and make him walk for 15 minutes every evening. I have yoga mats all over the family room for him to walk on so he won't slip.

    I have to be honest; we considered returning Rocky to the breeder. In the end the breeder refunded us $500 of the purchase price. We are very pleased because we did not want to send him back to the breeder--not sure that is a good place after learning about the poor nutrition and slick floor issues that can cause this issue.

    We're blessed to live in a large city that has so many options for us. There is an orthopedic surgeon vet in our immediate community and I'm going to call him and schedule a consultation tomorrow for Rocky. I just want him to have a look and give me his opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonBullyLover View Post
    Thank you so much @[replacer_a]. He has been on a bland diet and I am slowly integrating Fromm Puppy Gold. Would that be an acceptable diet?

    I also called a long time breeder here in Houston and asked him his opinion. He said that he has seen a bully come out of this by the time they are 8-10 months old He said if he doesn't come out of it by then it will be permanent. He strongly encouraged me to put Rocky on the grass and make him walk for 15 minutes every evening. I have yoga mats all over the family room for him to walk on so he won't slip.

    I have to be honest; we considered returning Rocky to the breeder. In the end the breeder refunded us $500 of the purchase price. We are very pleased because we did not want to send him back to the breeder--not sure that is a good place after learning about the poor nutrition and slick floor issues that can cause this issue.

    We're blessed to live in a large city that has so many options for us. There is an orthopedic surgeon vet in our immediate community and I'm going to call him and schedule a consultation tomorrow for Rocky. I just want him to have a look and give me his opinion.
    I am glad you kept him as his fate back with the breeder would be unknown. I know that putting him on carried surfaces (grass, pebbles, sand) can help along with the diet change (I hear good things about Fromm but have never tried it as we feed commercially available raw dog food). If he were mine though, I would make an appointment for him to see an orthopedic vet. Your vet can refer you to one. There may be physical therapy excursuses that can help correct the problem. I am not sure though. It is important to have a specialists opinion on it while he is young because if his feet settle like that, he may have degenerative issues in the future which all ultimately cost a lot more in medical care than any preventive measures you may have to pay for now. I know how it is though... one of my dogs came with very expensive issues from the breeder. It was hard spending all that money but in the end, she is worth it and we have no regrets because we love her so.
    Good luck and keep us posted!

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    I am so glad you found some answers!! What a cutie!!


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