I'm not sure what your hardwood floors and no rugs have to do with anything but you need to get your pup off that beneful terrible dog food like today. You are going to have to gradually switch him over to the better food. In this case I would go with some of the grain free taste of the wild dog foods only because they have foods that are only 24% protein which are fairly low. I feed grain free blue buffalo and my dog does well on it. It is an excellent food. Also you can get a can of 100% pure pumpkin filling for pies and mix a tablespoon into the new food for an easier transitionI Know for a fact that the dog was over fed. This is our first dog and we are still very new to it. I admit we have always left a full bowl of food for him. Im gonna start cutting down the feedings and start looking into other food choices. I heard good things about blue buffalo but im not sure if that would work in my case and my floors are wood there are no rugs
Why does that pups feet turn like that in the first picture? Is it the way he is being held by the scruff of the neck. He looks deformed. I thought knuckling over was just that bump in the wrist of the dog?Yes, your pup is beginning to knuckle. You need to switch to a better quality food.
Knuckling over is caused by the following: 1) a combination of two different types or brands of dog foods - feeding (50/50)
2) the brand or type of food has been changed several times (3-4) times
3) the addition of poor quality vitamins/minerals to a diet (not from whole foods)
4) human foods in amounts enough to disrupt the calcium/phosphorus balance
5) too many calories vs the amount of free exercise they get on a daily bases
6) feeding a pet food that has minerals that are not very available to the body - crude forms
7) diets lacking vital microminerals or trace minerals
8) feeding too much of a good food
9) any or all of the above.
Poor quality diet or too much of a good food, poor footing/slick floors with no rugs, and missing trace minerals are all things that contribute to this problem. The earlier you treat the problem the better chance of correcting it. I have seen a 9 week old pup corrected in about 8 or 9 days because it was caught early. You need balance between calcium, phosphorus, vitamin d and the age - don't experiment.
Too much vitamin D causes issues as well as too little vitamin d so the key is BALANCE.
2 years later:
That is what knuckling will turn into left untreated there are 4 stagesWhy does that pups feet turn like that in the first picture? Is it the way he is being held by the scruff of the neck. He looks deformed. I thought knuckling over was just that bump in the wrist of the dog?
That is how siren looked as a puppy, I put splints on her legs for a month to help support them. 2 of her offspring knuckled over as they grew but are fine now.wow... i had never actually seen one that bad before.. that looks awful!!!
I have had this issues with several dogs and one of the good foods to try is the lamb and rice blue buffalo adult. It is 22% protein and that is what you want lower protein. You do not want to use weight restricted diets but a regular adult diet. If you feed a proper amount and feed twice a day you can maintain a health pup and adult dog. As puppies my dogs eat around 1 cup to 1.5 cups per feeding so 2-3 cups a day and that can give you somewhere to start. take a few days to switch the food over by mixing it with your current food to avoid giving the dog the runs. Go with half an half for a few days then 3/4 to 1/4 then straight over. This usually takes about 4-5 days and since you are going from a low quality food to a high quality food it should not be a problem. Do not give extra supplements at this point unless you want to do a fish oil pill once a day. You need to keep your pup on this food for about 3-4 months but at least a few weeks after the problem has corrected. Then you can go back to a normal puppy food till it is time to switch to adult. Knuckling over is not a big deal if you handle it properly with diet and with no side effects as an adult that I know of. I have had a few of my dogs knuckle over as pups and they are working dogs today with no problems. Here is a link of the food and the contents I know you can get this at any food store even petsmart.thanks to everybody that chimed in im gonna go get some better food at petco seen a post that recomended nutro natural choice chicken meal im gonna get that one. my pup was a fatboy last week now it seems like he grew so he doesnt look so fat. again thanx for everybodys help. oh yea he's gonna be 9 weeks on wednesday hes about 12 to 15 pounds