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Club Foot?

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Bella

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Barked: Fri Feb 22, '13 8:37am PST 
In a nut shell, Bella's littermate Watson has wound up in our care after his owner could no longer care for him (long story). Anyway, Watson has a club foot. Our vet (whom we whole heartedly trust) said that since his paw is flat on the ground when walking and he shows no issues with getting around (this dog is 4 springs and a tongue just like Bella lol) that there is no need for surgery at this point (he may never need it). Does that sound right, or should I pursue a second opinion? I have never second guessed our vet before, but I've also never dealt with a physical deformity before either. We are in the process of deciding on keeping him, or trying to rehome him. He is the sweetest dog I have ever met, with outstanding manners and temperament. I really did not want another dog, but I would never forgive myself if he wound up in a shelter and I could have prevented it. We have the room and financial stability to care for him, but our bed is already quite full lol.
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Taggert

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Barked: Fri Feb 22, '13 11:26am PST 
well, your vet is probably right. It shouldn't be too much of an issue. I know a few people with club foot the only thing you might look into is a shoe for that foot. dogs walk on their pads and tiptoes and they have three others for balance but if you want to get him an orthotic, you might try orthopets. They've been doing amazing things with prosthetics and orthotics for dogs

other than that be aware he will get arthritis, so glucosimine might help

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Bella

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Barked: Fri Feb 22, '13 12:01pm PST 
Thank you for the reply! I will definitely look into the supplement and orthotic.
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Scooter,- PAWS

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Barked: Fri Feb 22, '13 12:56pm PST 
Watson sounds very lucky...I totally get where you are coming from. I think if there were any problems, you have a good relationship with your vet and can discuss it with them. If it makes you feel better, you could ask for an ortho referral...just a consult. I don't think there would be any harm in that. You said it yourself....this is something brand new to you. Maybe having an orthopedic specialist talk to you might make you feel better.

They could discuss orthotics as well (if it was needed). but in the end, if he seems fine, gets around fine, and he sounds super pleasant and perfect, you can just continue working with your vet.

Good luck to you and to Watson! hughughughughug
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Bella

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Barked: Fri Feb 22, '13 1:36pm PST 
Thank you. That is a good idea about the referral, I will definitely look into it. Yeah, Watson has zero issues with mobility. I guess it is a case of looking worse than it really is.
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Bella

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Barked: Thu Feb 28, '13 10:53am PST 
We've thought long and hard about it, and decided that Watson will become a permanent family member. I really did not want another pup, but I don't want him to be bounced around anymore....this is his 3rd home in a week. Plus, I know that some folks will be turned off by his paw. Thank you for your very helpful responses hug.

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Taggert

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Barked: Thu Feb 28, '13 2:19pm PST 
Congratulations watson
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