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Old 09-11-2010, 11:23 PM
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Question Akita Puppy LBG / Do his legs look right to you guys?

Hi guys. :)
Wanting to get some outside opinions from people who'd know what they're looking at. I'm a little worried about my boy's legs, mainly because I've never dealt with a large-giant breed puppy before, so I'm not sure if his wrists are supposed to look like they do.

Breed: Akita
Age: 4 months old in a few days.
Diet: On a combination of kibble that is all within the guidelines of nutrition for a big puppy, consisting primarily of Solid Gold Wolfcub. (I'm looking for something better, but I can't find anything that's sold in any local pet stores or feed shops. I've heard Blue Buffalo and Eagle Pack, but they both have way too much calcium.)

He's eating a healthy amount, is a healthy weight, has a good coat, and the vet had no concerns about him when I had him in a couple weeks ago.

Pictures attached. Silly face in the second picture unrelated, haha. Caught him yawning, and it just happened to be the best lit picture showing his forelegs front-on like that.

What do you guys think? :/ If he is growing wrong... any suggestions on improvements?
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:27 PM
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Did you ask the vet specifically about the legs? Sometimes they don't mention things like that because people get touchy when you talk about their dogs conformation.
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:29 PM
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Almost looks like how a lot of dachshund front legs end up from the excess pressure on their joints...don't know about Akita's so can't really say, but that would concern me as well until I heard a professional opinion specific to that question.
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No, I didn't notice it myself until today, when I was going back through the pictures I took over the last couple of days.

Not normal healthy puppy legs, then? :/
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No, I didn't notice it myself until today, when I was going back through the pictures I took over the last couple of days.

Not normal healthy puppy legs, then? :/
Difficult to say... it COULD be a growth stage, however I was paid to raise an akita from the age of 4 months and I never noticed his legs looking like this. The first pic doesn't look so bad but the second- is that just an odd pic? Can you get a pic of him standing square head-on?
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i don't know... it doesn't look right to me... i would suggest x-rays, but someone else may have more experience with it than i do... did you point it out to your vet? i've found that lots of vets are so focused on whatever you bring the animal in for that they might overlook something else, and need to have it pointed out (not sure how obvious it is when he is moving around etc) love the expression in the second pic

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Looks like basset type legs to me. Did you get the dog from a breeder? Have you talked to them about it? I recommend you talk to your vet as well
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Took some more pictures specifically of his legs. Give me a second to pull them off my camera and resize them.
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Here are more pictures.

He's going back into the vet in a few weeks anyway, for his last barrage of shots (There was some L-named vaccination that wasn't included in the series before this one, that my vet suggested I give him. The park he goes to seems like a perfect breeding ground for it, from what I could learn off of google, so I figured it was wise to vaccinate.) so I'll be sure to bring his legs up to the vet then.

I've only had him for 4 weeks. Would the results of my care be showing in his bone growth so soon?
I know that his breeder had been slacking in the quality of his food. (One of the reasons for giving him up, they had intended to keep him, but things happen, and they found themselves unable to fully meet his needs.)

If it IS uneven bone growth, will a proper diet from here out correct it? (Assuming there are no underlying issues, obviously)
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At first I was going to say that it could possibly be normal development. I've seen quite a few puppy pics where they appear to be knuckling over just above the pasterns, but they were or devolped to be normal limbed dogs. The reason for the appearance was either coat growth or an akward growth development. Your pup is also apears roached backed and very straight in the rear, but that could be due to the stance in the picture and/or his current growth stage.

From the pics you just posted. Its obvious from looking at the first pic, looking straight on at his front, that this is not normal groth development. When looking straight on the fornt or rear his legs should apear to be straight. But his legs appear to bend in slightly and then at the pastern they bend out dramatically. You should definitely consult your vet and possibly do x-rays. I'm not familiar with Akita specific bone/growth problems; you may want to speak with Akita breeders and even send them your pics and get their input on what may be going on, they might have more insight or advice that can help you and your vet diagnose and treat the issue if nescessary.
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