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Any advice about bent puppy leg ?

I have a 6 week old female EB. Her front right leg bends outwards around the bottom half of the leg above the foot. Vet did 2 x-rays Wednesday, said no fractures , no missing bones, no injury that she could see and would need to go research it. I'm waiting for her to get back to me on what to do about it. Puppy seems to be in no pain with it , no limping or favoring it . I raised the puppies on lumpy floor ( rolled up and knotted socks under whelping box pad) and egg crate pads. Any info or advice would be very much appreciated. I have uploade a pic to Photobucket but can't figure out next step. sorry !

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Re: Keep exercising this pup...it will likely straighten with de

Thanks Elaine. I had read about all those puppies being euthanized with the bent legs too. I had not associated this puppy and that problem. I appreciate your input. Thanks again. btw I managed to post a picture.

Re: Keep exercising this pup...it will likely straighten with de

Thanks Elaine. I had read about all those puppies being euthanized with the bent legs too. I had not associated this puppy and that problem. I appreciate your input. Thanks again. btw I managed to post a picture.

Keep exercising this pup...it will likely straighten with develo

Altho I have only seen/read about the bent legs in the rear of a puppy, it would seem that the same would apply for the front legs as well...they pup laid "crooked" in the uterus and the leg was bent in an unnatural way, thus the tendons or muscles were not stretched or utilized as the pup grew thus far. You should have been gently exercising the leg in the correct forward motion for 3-5 mins several times a day, and I suggest you continue to do so. If x-rays have confirmed not bone missing or out of place, its just needing a bit more time (perhaps another 4-6 weeks)to get it into proper and useful position. While some may suggest "hobbling" I am not sure that this wouldn't put undue strain on the shoulder, particularly on the 'good side' so I'd concentrate working on just the bent leg.

In past times, and its still being done now by those unknowing any better, such pups were euthanized and viewed as permanently crippled, when we have numerous reports of these bend limbs straightening out within weeks of proper therapy and the dog shows no negative effects in its adult lifetime of ever having had this problem at birth. Best wishes!!

Keep exercising this pup...it will likely straighten with develo

Altho I have only seen/read about the bent legs in the rear of a puppy, it would seem that the same would apply for the front legs as well...they pup laid "crooked" in the uterus and the leg was bent in an unnatural way, thus the tendons or muscles were not stretched or utilized as the pup grew thus far. You should have been gently exercising the leg in the correct forward motion for 3-5 mins several times a day, and I suggest you continue to do so. If x-rays have confirmed not bone missing or out of place, its just needing a bit more time (perhaps another 4-6 weeks)to get it into proper and useful position. While some may suggest "hobbling" I am not sure that this wouldn't put undue strain on the shoulder, particularly on the 'good side' so I'd concentrate working on just the bent leg.

In past times, and its still being done now by those unknowing any better, such pups were euthanized and viewed as permanently crippled, when we have numerous reports of these bend limbs straightening out within weeks of proper therapy and the dog shows no negative effects in its adult lifetime of ever having had this problem at birth. Best wishes!!

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