Is there anything I can do or give to help correct flat feet? Paws look ok in shape, but she sits down on them like a GSD. This is for a 10 weeks old pup.
I've heard the same thing about sand tightening feet. Does the puppy have long toes? Are they splayed? Is she down in the pasterns?Also supposedly being on gravel tightens their feet. I've heard this from older people in the dog world. Taking them for a walk on gravel or throw the ball of gravel. I've heard limestone for whatever reason makes the biggest difference. Dunno... I've heard at least three Judges say this. Take that for what it's worth, may work, may be a old wise tale.
Just for thought... I have a area of my yard out the back door, that's normally muddy b/c of all the traffic. So we put in big landscape stone, like flagstone, that's actually limestone. Then between the large rocks, I used a gravel type rock. Fixed the mud issue and gives the dogs that gravel area (doing assuming it actually helps), and it actually looks nice.I am hoping to help them a little. Her toes don't seem overlong, but flat feet are pretty common from her lines. She is a little down in the pasterns. She was on concrete/pavement for the first 10 weeks so I am hoping that contributed to the flatness. I have also heard the gravel. I might have to make a gravel path just to work on this.
The mother has fair feet, the father good feet. The mother is a little down in the pasterns as well. The puppy now has lots of grass/dirt but was on concrete at the breeder's house. So far I am feeding TOTW with some raw meals too.What kind of feet do the parents of this 10 wk old puppy have or any grandparents...?? Flat feet can be an inherited structural thing...
At 10 wks it could be like you said on to much cement flooring...That will break down a growing pups feet and pads...Can the puppy get to an area of grass?
Also vit c is good as Old Drum Said...and it is pretty safe, as what the body doesn't utilize will be excreted in the urine....
What kind of dog food are you feeding? Try a large breed puppy formula of good quality...It is formulated for growing large breeds...and has the proper calcium, phospherous, etc, for growing bones...Supplementing with calcium, etc is not a good idea unless you talk to a vet nutritionist first...good luck.
Ali, can you take a picture and post. I could use something like that in an area of our back yard. Or send it to me however.Just for thought... I have a area of my yard out the back door, that's normally muddy b/c of all the traffic. So we put in big landscape stone, like flagstone, that's actually limestone. Then between the large rocks, I used a gravel type rock. Fixed the mud issue and gives the dogs that gravel area (doing assuming it actually helps), and it actually looks nice.
Yes, but my puppies' feet aren't flat, now I'm thinking it might be the changes she's gone through. Plus at nine weeks they wouldn't be teething yet. But thank you!is she teething?
kinda quick for the diet change to affect her feet I would think, as you said it happened in 5 days.
some pups feet do go a little flat or loose when teething, but return to the way they were before, after teething.