Hi everyone, I have owned APBTs and pit mixes all my life but finally decided to get an American Bully. I got my boy Apollo back in December at 4 weeks (way to young, we were told he was 6 weeks, still to young but we survived) and he is now 5 months. He weighs about 40 lbs. Anywho- I came on here because I'm not sure where else to go with my problem with Apollo.
About 2 months ago I noticed his legs didn't look right. I first took my question to a different forum about dogs in general and got the response he was knuckling over and to change his diet. **Side note: all through his 5 months of life he has had a great struggle with dog food, being switched often from several brands until he was finally put on Diamond Naturals chicken and rice 26% protein. And when I mentioned this that's when I was told he was knuckling over and the protein is to high ect. Plus he wasn't getting enough exercise.** So I did some googling and came across this great dane lady website about knuckling over. And Apollos legs did not look like those legs on her site, but I took the advice and went and got a bag of 23% protein Diamond Naturals large breed adult and increased his exercise. That was about 10 days ago and I haven't seen any improvement.
So last night I figured maybe it isn't knuckling over and did some more researched. I came across "easty westy" or "toeing in". That's when I decided I would try a forum for bullies and pits so here I am. Just want to know what everyone else thinks? **Side note 2: I did call my vet and informed her of the knuckling thing which also said to put him on a lower protein diet and increase excersize and wrap his legs, which I did but he just tore it up and it made him walk horribly.** I read something about a dogs chest and their shoulders not being right and to much weight on his front legs stressing the tendons/muscles/ligaments not being strong just idk. I have never been through so much in these past months with my boy then I have in my entire life with dogs lol.
I just want to know what it is, what its from, is it fixable, is it genetic, is it a growing thing, anything just please help. I don't want him to be in pain or it get worse causing him not to be able to run and play.
His vet appointment is Friday this week its a checkup hopefully the vet will be able to tell me something. Until then this is my best bet for help.
Any advice, help or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
Here are pics taken today 5/10/2016, he is the blue one: Apollo by littlebear8176 | Photobucket