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Old 08-07-2017, 01:39 PM
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My puppy has weak front paws

I'm not sure why but my pit bull puppy has weak front legs he 14 weeks old I asked the vet when he was 8 wks old they said he was going to out grow his clumsiness but it seems as if it's getting worse not better
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:32 PM
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I not an expert, but I would surmise that there are stages of growth they go through, and stages where they are very clumsy, probably because of uneven growth. Probably will improve as he gets closer to his full size, but it couldn't hurt to have your Vet check him out again, just to be sure nothing weird is going on.
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Take him back to the vet or a different one if it's truly concerning.
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Question What are the symptoms?

@Scklcomer74 -
could U post a photo of Ur pup, while s/he stands on a solid level surface, with the photo taken from the side front?
Both paws & both "ankles" should be clearly visible, & try to get the photo from approx the dog's chest level.

That will probly mean sitting on a chair, in order to hold the camera steady, while the pup stands on a hassock, a picnic table or the attached bench beside the table, or similar.

I, too, would suggest either a 2nd trip to Ur usual vet, or consult a different vet - there are specific developmental problems that can occur, such as weak pasterns [wrists], a bending ulna or radius [bones of the forearm, which should be straight], & others, & the sooner they are diagnosed, generally, the better the outcome for the dog as an adult.

U can use Google Images & search for "down on pasterns" to find photos of pups & dogs with affected wrists.

Is the pup simply excitable & klutzy, or does s/he trip over their own feet when simply walking, or do the pup's legs look abnormal?

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Old 08-08-2017, 08:19 PM
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:21 PM
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It seems to give out on him when he is on it for too long
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Exclamation FIND ANOTHER VET, is my strong recommendation

neither foreleg looks completely "normal", but - IMO & IME -- that left fore needs attention very, very soon - every week that he grows will make it more curved.

I don't understand why any vet would say he'll outgrow it - were any radiographs taken? // They will be needed, so don't assume U can get by with a physical exam - & PET INSURANCE would be a doggone good idea, before U get an actual diagnosis, so apply now for insurance, & be sure the policy covers bone disorders / developmental problems / joint issues in forelegs.
I'm not a vet; i cannot Dx, nor Rx, i can only give my personal opinion as a pet-owner & trainer, based on my personal experience, reading, & convos with other owners & trainers.
If he were mine, i'd get insurance today - & schedule an appt for the instant the waiting period is over! Not joking - i think he needs orthopedic surgery, & that's not cheap. A Dx without insurance makes it pre-existing, & it cannot be covered - U would be on the hook for the entire cost.

VPI is the oldest vet-insurance firm in the U-S, but they have a bad habit of labeling everything as a breed-specific problem to avoid paying out on claims.
Look for an insurer who has a good reputation, & read the exclusions carefully.

decent insurance with good coverage can save U thousands of dollars over a dog's lifespan.
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Question With a 2nd look at the pix...

I know U didn't ask about this, but his Right shoulder does not look normal, either.

Can U get a good side-on photo of his whole body, nose to tail - taken about chest-level to the pup?
take one of each side - looking at his right side & his left, whole body, head & tail.

Put him on something so that he's off the floor, it makes getting a good picture much easier - a layer of newspaper over the kitchen table will keep his paws off the surface, or lay down a big blanket so that it won't slide under his feet.

I'm very concerned that he has more than just "forelegs" that aren't "strong".
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