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Pupping limping/walking crooked on back paw

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Hi everyone,

I have a 9 week old puppy who seems to have a slight limp on his right paw. He walks on it a little slower and is moving his foot closer to the left diagonally. We took him to the vet and no bone issues are present( the vet was not a good vet it was a bad experience we think we were taken for a ride of our money) He is very active and shows no discomfort aside from limping and walking diagonally. Has anyone had any experiment or input? My mind and google keep taking me to issues like muscular dystrophy :(
Any input would be helpful! Thanks
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did the vet take radiographs? If so, call and ask for them to be emailed to you and post them here. Also take a video side and a video going away and coming back and post those. There's no way to guess at what the issue may be without some sort of tools, and what you see as diagonal walking we may not see as a problem or we may be able to immediately tell you what's going on.
 
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In the meantime be sure to limit his movement if you aren’t already as he could aggravate it if it’s an injury! I hope you figure out what’s wrong soon, maybe head to another vet for a second opinion.
 

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did the vet take radiographs? If so, call and ask for them to be emailed to you and post them here. Also take a video side and a video going away and coming back and post those. There's no way to guess at what the issue may be without some sort of tools, and what you see as diagonal walking we may not see as a problem or we may be able to immediately tell you what's going on.
Please let me know if you see anything based off the video/picture thanks so much! Really
Appreciate it
 

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iCloud here is a video of behind
1st step does look like he is leading with back left leg and bum is moving a bit sideways, towards left. But since he turned around at that time, it most likely was due to that. Also, following steps are straight and besides puppy bum wobble (which is normal), he walks straight very well. I didn't see any issues/concerns.
 

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I wish I saw something... he looks pretty normal (if slow for a puppy) . Maybe he's had some soft tissue injury. I don't see anything in his radiographs that looks abnormal, except maybe the inner toes look a tad close (I'm not good @ feet but we do have a foot expert here-I dk this will tag? DblTrblGolden2 get a look at these rads!))
 

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I wish I saw something... he looks pretty normal (if slow for a puppy) . Maybe he's had some soft tissue injury. I don't see anything in his radiographs that looks abnormal, except maybe the inner toes look a tad close (I'm not good @ feet but we do have a foot expert here-I dk this will tag? DblTrblGolden2 get a look at these rads!))
Sorry, I just saw this. The x-ray's look normal to me. I've stared at way to many golden retriever foot x-rays the last three years. I also don't notice anything in the walking video other then maybe a slower gait for a puppy. The other thing is the video is taken on a slippery floor surface. I'd want to see him walking on carpet, and maybe watch his gait closely.

My best recommendation for anyone with a golden that thinks they have an orthopedic issue is to go to a veterinary sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. They see so many more growth issues, and injuries. It will save you time, money, and heartache to go to a top level performance specialist. I'm not sure where your located, but if on the east coast I would try VOSM, in Annapolis Junction Maryland or Dr. Roberts at Blue Peal in Malvern PA.

The other thing to know about feet is that goldens only weight bear on certain toes at certain times. You can see an issue at a walk that would never interfere with a run. At the right facility they can put them on a large gait pad, at VOSM it's an entire runway, and monitor how they are weight bearing during each type of walk, jog, run. It's well worth the piece of mind.

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I just re-read the OP. If he shows no signs of pain, I'd watch it for a while and see what I thought. Keep careful documentation. Take videos of whenever you see the limp. Puppies grow so fast and the way joints look in X-Rays and CT Scans can be interpreted differently by different vets. I was given a CT Scan diagnosis of bi-lateral elbow dysplasia at a top veterinary school when one of my boys was 7 months old, along with genetic sesamoid disease. I thankfully went to VOSM and they said wait and watch on elbows until he was two. They agreed with the sesamoid diagnosis, but not the treatment plan for it. The sesamoids are plates in the tops of the toes that lay between nerves and ligaments. I don't see anything in your xrays that suggests anything like I had. At the age of 2 I took our boy back for OFA's completely expecting to get some mild diagnosis of ED on at least one elbow. He passed OFA's. I even sent them to a few of the specialists that had seen him and they all agreed that it was a developmental issue in the early CT Scans at 7 months. Thank goodness I didn't jump into surgery. Get multiple opinions, and watch carefully yourself. I also kept my guy on rugs as much as possible. I have a home with hardwood throughout, so it was odd for us for a while covering everything in rugs. It helped him get traction and bear weight properly though.
 

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The other thing to know about feet is that goldens only weight bear on certain toes at certain times. You can see an issue at a walk that would never interfere with a run.
This is good to know and i wasn't aware of that.

Our pup also produced limping but only when walking, never when running. So now, i know why.
Made also a topic about it here: Sporadic limping

For now, our pup limping is gone (if only very little remains, but we aren't experts to tell that). But as far as we can tell + what orthopedist told + what our breeder said, it (limping), was due to the irregular bone growth, which is very common and passes when pup grows older.

Thank goodness I didn't jump into surgery. Get multiple opinions, and watch carefully yourself.
I agree. Always get multiple opinions and don't look surgery as solution. Surgery as such, could be viable only, when pup has fully grown to adult and limping remains. But for growing pup, surgery is one of the worst things to do.
 
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