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Should I concern? Puppy crowded in the womb

Hi, everyone! I am new here and got some questions with the puppy. Any advise will be appreciated. Thank you in advance!

I was looking for a puppy, and have contacted several breeders on the referral list of the local club. After doing the research on the pedigrees and chatting with the breeders, I finally picked a breeder who seems to be very nice and the parents have passed all the health tests. So I joined the waiting list. The breeder said there would be 8 puppies, and I am on the 5th.

Later, unfortunately, I was informed that the dam had some complications with her delivery and 3 puppies were lost, leaving 5 puppies available. Since I was 5th on the list, the breeder asked me if I am ok with being not able to choose from multiple puppies. I replied saying as long as he/she is healthy, I am ok with the last puppy. The breeder confirmed that they were all doing well, and I paid the deposit.

Now the puppies are 3 weeks' old, and the breeder sent me a few updated pictures today. In the pictures, I noticed one puppy is wearing something like a bandage with one of her front legs. I asked the breeder about that, and she replied saying this puppy was crowded in the womb, so her tendon in that leg is needing to stretch. The vet has had the breeder massaging it and a few days ago they splinted it. The breeder also said although the puppy is not available at this time, she is doing well.

I am getting my first dog, and new to all of these. To be honest, I am a little concerned about that puppy, but I don't want to question the breeder too much to let her feel I don't trust her or something. So I decided to come here and ask for your advice. Should I concern about this situation? Does a delivery with complications affect the born puppies? And is the tendon issue just temporary without any long-term effects? Thanks you!
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Could you post a photo, the one that you noticed the splint in? I'm assuming one can see other pups too in that photo.

What's coming to mind for me is a swimmer puppy condition, they are sometimes splinted.
But without knowing whether that's what it appears to be, who knows.

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Could you post a photo, the one that you noticed the splint in? I'm assuming one can see other pups too in that photo.

What's coming to mind for me is a swimmer puppy condition, they are sometimes splinted.
But without knowing whether that's what it appears to be, who knows.
Thank you so much for your reply! I have attached the photo here.
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That's not a swimmer splint.. so I dk what condition would cause that. Most of the time womb crowding causes tails to be shorter, or other little things that fix themselves pretty much by 2 weeks old or so. They are cute puppies! If you think you're going to need to 'choose' that one, I think I would ask for radiographs and have them assessed by an independent ortho vet before making a committment that might cost big money.

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An, I agree with everything Prism said. I'd want x-rays of the puppy's leg before committing. Where are you? Can you get the puppy's leg x-rayed?

If not, and if by 8 weeks he's not out of the splint and running normally without limping (though a puppy of that age usually looks drunk when they run anyway), I'd pass on the pup and wait for another litter. You want to make sure that your puppy can grow up to live a normal doggy life. So you either need to know what's really going on with his leg via x-rays, or you need to see him out of the splint and acting like a normal puppy.

I'd say it's a good sign that he's clearly bearing his weight on it in the photo, though. He could get better quickly. Puppies can change completely in a week.
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Thank you for your help, Prism and DanaRuns! I have emailed the breeder again asking more info about that puppy. She replied saying a family before me wants that puppy. So I don't get to choose her.
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I think you may find that this puppy is knuckling over. The breeder is correct in that it is due to unequal growth in the tendons and bones and corrects itself without any treatment normally. The one I bred is now 8 and fine (although I didn't charge for him) incas elf problems but would now keep the puppy until it corrected itself Annef

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Got it. Thank you very much, Annef!
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