knuckling over helpppp

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I have my 10 week puppy who is knuckling over, I need help on how to correct it

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Hi pnut310,  take a deep breath, breath, you do not need to panic about Smokey.   I did enough of that for all of us a few weeks ago.    I posted pics, did Google searches and took Fargo to the vet.    I was a mess.   But I found out that it is normal in this breed.   It is due to their rapid growth rate.   And each of the elements, causing this, are growing at different rates, the tendons, ligaments and bones.   So that cause this knuckling over.   My vet said, there are some things to watch for, like bowing of the legs, or the feet turning outward.   So just keep an eye on him (which I am sure you are doing now, constantly now, cause your worried) and you will see that he will straighten up and the knuckling over will switch legs, go away and then come back again, probably on the other leg.   

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I have read that I should put him on a lower protein diet, witch I did

N also put him on pet-cal tablets as well, any suggestions?

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Almost looks like his on his tip toes and paws are not sitting straight,  looks like there leaning to side

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My puppy Bandit did the same thing, and we took him to the vet because we were so worried but like Fargo's Mom said, it is normal because of how fast they are growing and you shouldn't stress about it too much right now with how young your puppy is.

Can you post some pictures of your puppy standing square and looking from the side - taken at his level and not from above?  This takes two people.  Then also take pictures standing square from the front... again at his level.  It is easier to put him on the table or counter on something non slip - like a run turned over so they are standing on the rubber side.  Again - 2 person job as they will walk right off a table. 

Just because it was normal for the other members, does not mean that your puppy is normal. I can tell you if it looks normal or not for your puppy's age.... and if you should consult with a vet.... but only if the pictures are good.

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Well after changing his food his getting better, his legs are actually straight now, but I'm afraid it might happen again later on

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pnut - Fitz is a great advisor here, so get those pics and post them for her, she can help guide you through this even if they appear to be straight right now to you, get those pics as Fitz may see something your untrained eye might not......

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I've tried to post pics  over my phone but it keeps telling me pics are 

Larger than I can ip load here, n I have no internet at the moment

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I have the same problem with my phone, well when you get a chance or maybe at a friends you can throw some up here......

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I sure will, specially saturday I will be taking him in for ear cropping

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Our dobie Red always love to run and we are very worried too with his joints so we are always there to stop and relax him. Hoping your young pup is just fine and would grow strong, good luck too on his cropping.

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Thanx red feet. I give my pup small doses of liquid health level 5000

And it works great for joints

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My question close but different.. My lex is 10 and has a slipped disk. He is starting to walk again but is knuckling his back paws. He gets to a stand on one paw right. Any advice or ideas??

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since it was a disc I think I would try water therapy to build his muscles back up without any pressure elsewhere on his body

mention this to the vet also so that they understand he only has one good foot to stand on there has to be an answer to this one

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Thanks :). He is very slowly making progress on both feet!! Yay

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I just imported a 9 week from poland and started knuckling over,
But since my first dobie had this too, I already knew how to adress it, so my puppy
Is good now, just needed to cut down her protien intake