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9 week old puppy knuckling

Hello, I'm Tanzeena and I'm new here! My husband just brought home a 9 week old sweet puppy! But as soon as he her down I could tell something was wrong with her legs.... the left more than the right. I googled it and I'm pretty sure it's knuckling or bowing....I've read that most people suggest to change her food. I am looking for advice of what food to switch her too and also where can I can a brace for her. Also, is a brace needed? Thank you so much for your help!
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Start with a vet visit. All new animals should be seen by YOUR vet within a few days home.

What are you currently feeding her?

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Hi Tanzeena! And welcome from the Pacific NW...

So. What falnfenix said^^^. All new dogs entering into a household should have a pretty complete exam by a vet of your choosing. Ideally you want a vet that you trust, are comfortable with and that hopefully is familiar with the Doberman breed.

Internet advice can be a useful tool, but it is no substitute for a hands on visit to your pup's vet. Or even a specialist if that ever becomes necessary.

Also... You should consider looking into canine health insurance. Most experienced Doberman owners would recommend it. The sooner you get your pup covered, the less the possibility of running into "pre-existing conditions" issues.

There are many good providers out there. We purchased Embrace for our current youngest.

Best to you, your husband and your new puppy. A name and some photos would be welcome!

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No one on the internet should recommend a brace or not - you need to see a vet if you think it's that serious.

I personally feed and recommend Proplan. I would definitely recommend a vet visit to discuss your questions.

I, like John, have my dogs insured through Embrace and have been really glad I did!

Welcome! We'd love to see some photos of your new pup!
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Yep.....visit to the vet is your best bet.
Braces are for certain conditions at certain times so that's where the professionals come into play .......
I have learned the hard way ....that when we try to self treat.... it can cause more problems, because we do not know, what we don't know.
So congrats on your puppy and get to your vet for a physical exam/opinion.
Stay in touch would love to hear from you again.

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See your Vet for sure - most of these knuckling cases will self resolve with good nutrition. But no amount of advice is a substitute for going to your vet.
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Start with a vet visit. All new animals should be seen by YOUR vet within a few days home.

What are you currently feeding her?
I have an appointment scheduled for her this Thursday. I think they were feeling her IAMs,I switched her to Canidae.
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Hello! And thank you for the welcome! I am going to look into puppy insurance. I have an appointment for her swt up for Thursday. But I went out of town over the weekend and just came home today and her legs seem to look a lot better. I will still of course talk to the vet about it and have them checked it out. Thanks again!
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Thank you everyone for your advice! She has an appointment set for this Thursday so I will be sure to ask about it. I have switched her food to Canidae and she seems to be doing well with it. I hope it is something that corrects itself or has a simple solution. She really is a sweet baby. When I figure out how to post pix I will definitely post some of her! Thanks again!
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Welcome to DT. I'm glad you're going to take her to see the vet. Can you post a picture of what's going on?
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