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finaltouchdental

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I have an English Mastiff Puppy. She is now 9 1/2 weeks old. At 8 weeks I noticed that she was knuckling forward above the front paws. I took her to the vet and she referred me to a Specialist. He told me that she would grow out of this. That her bones were growing faster than her muscles, and that this could take up to 4 weeks.
The breeder said that I should have the legs taped and it should clear up in 48 hours. I'm not comfortable doing this myself. I'm not sure which way to turn. 
Her right front leg is wobbly and appears week. I am hearing two different things and not sure what to do.
Does anyone have any advise or know of a good vet in the Atlanta GA. area that has dealt with this problem before?

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From what I heard, you should feed your puppy a formula lower than 25% protein and lower than 15% fat.  And, with a ratio of Calcium and Phosphorus, the closer possible to 1:1.
From Fish & potato (or whatever it is called) would be perfect.
No excess of food, just the needed amount and, within 2 weeks, your puppy should be fine!
Oh, seems like sunshine helps also!
Good luck!  Annie

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Get your puppy as much outside play time as possible. Feeding lower protein is good, but the sunshine, fresh air and exercise will work wonders. You can also do some physical therapy by gently doing range of motion exercises. This is not uncommon in giant breeds that grow fast and are house companions. I believe nature just doesn't really mean for these pups to be confined in the house all day. So when we make them house companions, we need to make sure they get enough outside time. (we probably need more outside exercise ourselves! LOL)

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Well, Bonnie and I used to have this debate quite often, but I finally have to concede that she's right. I've noticed some of my (and other breeders') pups looking flat footed when they were raised totally indoors. I've found that letting them out in the dirt box makes their feet immediately start tightening up like cat feet and their coats look SO much better (minus the dirt). As long as the weather is nice, my pups stay out all afternoon soaking in the sun and they seem much better for it. They actually seem to prefer it since they have a doggie door to come in if they don't like it....


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I agree Teresa, Abrams and Barrett came from a more temperate climate and even though they were winter puppies like Gunner, they were able to be outside often. Gunner came from COLD and snow and wasn't able to have that outside time early on...he also knuckled over the way the OP mentioned, but luckily I knew it wasn't from a diet problem and with time outside to play and run, it resolved itself pretty quickly.


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