Hi there, I just took in an abandoned five month old male rottweiler and he has what I think are weak pasterns/loose ligaments. Both front paws bend forward at the carpal joint. Any advice on anything I can do for him?
I’ve put him onto a good large breed puppy food since his arrival and have been giving him glucosamine tablets. Will be getting vitamin c for him in the next day or so as well. Is there much else I can do? I have him confined at the moment as I’m not sure if he should be allowed walk around or not. Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you
There is a pic attached of when he was found three weeks ago
This is definitely a situation that I’d discuss with your veterinarian. Those pasterns look pretty bad and I personally haven’t ever had a dog with that degree of weakness.
As he’s only 5 months old I think there is still time for supplementation and diet to help improve things, but how far I’m not sure.
As well as discussing this with your vet, I’d recommend taking a look at this website… greatdanelady.com as Linda Arndt has tons of really excellent advice about nutrition and health care for large breeds. You can find dietary recommendations in terms of both food and supplements that help with joint/ligament problems, the Articles page would be the best place to start as it lists all the topics covered. Check out the link to the article on ‘knuckling and bowing puppy legs’ to start with.
As for how much walking etc. your pup can do – I’m not a vet so I can’t give you any real information but personally I would imagine moderate walking is okay, but no running, jumping or excessive walks. Again I’d strongly recommend talking it all over with your vet to get a professional opinion.
This poor pup needs a loving family to help him and I’m so happy that he’s been adopted into yours, hopefully he’ll be able to improve somewhat with his pasterns and will have a happy life regardless. Best of luck with him.
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