How do i help my pup with weak pasterns????

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Post by jekarna on Thu Jul 13 2017, 03:52

hey i'm new here but i have a 2 month old staffy and i've just started to notice her leg was abit weird, at first i thought it was broken but she wasn't in pain which mande me look into it and i've match it to weak pasterns..

does anyone have any advice on how to fix or help with her bone delevopment?
here is a photo of it and just a photo of her..


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Post by Jenc on Thu Jul 13 2017, 07:54

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Post by Jenc on Thu Jul 13 2017, 07:56

Hi from me & Katy, what a little cutie Love Struck I cant offer any advice other than to let your vet see her & take it from there Smile


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Post by LizP on Thu Jul 13 2017, 08:06

I'd definitely take her to the vet. If it is a structural weakness you need to know what the best thing is for an treatement, physio, etc., but also what to avoid in the way of exercise. And it might be something else, in which case you also need to know.

Fingers crossed she'll get stronger soon.


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Post by gillybrent on Thu Jul 13 2017, 08:15

at 8 weeks old, it may be that she just needs to strengthen. It's called 'knuckling over' and isn't all that rare.

however, I would advise you see a vet (which you'll need to do anyway) to get his opinion. If it's knuckling over then it should straighten as your pup grows.

I take it the pastern isn't like that all tge time?

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Post by jekarna on Fri Jul 14 2017, 01:40

thankyou we are taking her to the vet over the weekend, it isn't always like that sometimes it just sits normal but when it does bend it looks really bad, fingers crossed we can help her strengthen it she is such a beautiful soul of a pup.

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Post by Mia05 on Fri Jul 14 2017, 07:24

Good luck .


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Post by -Ian- on Fri Jul 14 2017, 09:34

Hi ya, welcome to the forum from Flo & me Big Grin

I can't offer any advice above that already given but do let us know how Jessie gets on.


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Post by gillybrent on Fri Jul 14 2017, 10:10

jekarna wrote:thankyou we are taking her to the vet over the weekend, it isn't always like that sometimes it just sits normal but when it does bend it looks really bad, fingers crossed we can help her strengthen it she is such a beautiful soul of a pup.

nine times out of ten it strengthens & straightens on its own, but get the vet to check that it's not damaged in any way.

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Post by Goblin on Fri Jul 14 2017, 20:11

If it was me, I'd be really careful about letting her up and down stairs just in case she puts more weight than she should - I know it's a different injury, but my boy's got various leg issues and the vet always raises stairs as a thing to avoid.

Good luck and let us know how she goes. Cutie little pumkin that she is.
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Post by gillybrent on Sat Jul 15 2017, 08:49

to be honest, 8 weeks is too young to be going up & down stairs anyway. If it is just knuckling over then by about 16 weeks the tendons/ligaments should have strengthened enough anyway.

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Post by I❤dogs on Mon Jul 17 2017, 00:24

I hope the vet can offer reassurance & your gorgeous pup is fine. We need to be very careful of protecting puppy bones anyway,im careful not to over exercise my 5 month old boy & carry him up & down stairs
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Post by gillybrent on Mon Jul 17 2017, 11:02

stairs are okay as long as they are taken carefully & the pup isnh't allowed to race up & down them, putting too much stress on shoulders, elbows & hips. pups should always be taught how to use stairs at an early age so that they don't fall down them & hurt themselves.


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