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Hello,

Thank you for adding me to the Forum. Looking forward to posting beautiful pictures of Penny. But unfortunately my first post is one of concern.

We've been eagerly awaiting our new addition to the family to finally make it home from her birth parents. She is 12 weeks old and this weekend was supposed to be her first at our home. Sadly we were contacted by the breeder on Friday that Penny started limping her front leg. He send a video were you could see a slight limp. Nothing really noticeable, but there non the less. I've been a dog owner all my life, but a first time Boxer parent. So I know how hypersensitive and protective dogs are of their legs. We asked him to take her to the vet to get it checked out. The breeder has been super accommodating and very helpful. The feedback from the vet is that the one of the legbones is growing faster than the other. They took x-rays (attached) and he suggested she visits again in 2 weeks. Of course being new to the breed I started researching probable causes. The one that keeps popping up is "knuckling". It explains that the puppy will become bowlegged, but with time proper diet and care it will rectify itself.

My question to the group or anyone who has had a similar situation with their new baby. Is this common. Does it really rectify itself with proper care. Or is this possibly another problem with the breed that I am not aware of?

Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you once again for letting me join, and being a asset to new boxer parents like ourselves.

Cheers

Al

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The ulna is normally shorter than the radius. I would pen rest the puppy for a week and see if there is improvement. If the puppy is still limping, request that the xrays be sent of to a radiologist for their opinion.

Knuckling is very noticeable. They flex outwards at the carpal joint. If you have the video, please share it.

What does this puppy eat? Diets that are not properly balanced calcium/phosphorus can cause bone issues and diets that are to high in protein can cause pano.
 

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The ulna is normally shorter than the radius. I would pen rest the puppy for a week and see if there is improvement. If the puppy is still limping, request that the xrays be sent of to a radiologist for their opinion.

Knuckling is very noticeable. They flex outwards at the carpal joint. If you have the video, please share it.

What does this puppy eat? Diets that are not properly balanced calcium/phosphorus can cause bone issues and diets that are to high in protein can cause pano.


Thank you for your response.

She was being fed Victor dog food but she started having diarrhea at 8 weeks and was changed to Royal Canine.
The diarrhea stopped and she started gaining weight.

This is a video of her last Friday. My apologies, I could not embed the video for some reason. Let me know if the link doesn't work.

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Once again, thank you for your guidance.

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The puppy has carpal subluxation. Now is it from a genetic deformity or injury is the question. I would be wrapping and supporting the carpal joint. Did they xray the other leg for comparison?
 

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The puppy has carpal subluxation. Now is it from a genetic deformity or injury is the question. I would be wrapping and supporting the carpal joint. Did they xray the other leg for comparison?

They did x ray on both. Only one has the abnormality. The leg is immobilized at the moment and it was suggested she is kept from hard floors and exercise for the next 2 weeks.

Would this be something that can be corrected or something that will bother her for the rest of her life?
 

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They did x ray on both. Only one has the abnormality. The leg is immobilized at the moment and it was suggested she is kept from hard floors and exercise for the next 2 weeks.

Would this be something that can be corrected or something that will bother her for the rest of her life?
Your breeder needs to decide how to proceed. If this was one of my puppies I would tell my client that until I’ve seen a specialist, the puppy stays with me.
Unfortunately if the bones continue to grow abnormally, the kindest solution would be to amputate the front leg. Puppies adapt very quickly. My concern would be what else could be going on in other joints.
Were the parents health tested?

I understand that you were excited to add this puppy to your family however the expense and veterinary care this puppy will require will be extensive.
 
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