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Hi everyone-

When away on vacation, one of my female American Staffordshire Terriers came into heat. The lady watching our dogs, apparently, did a bad job of keeping them all apart. So, we ended up with puppies.  :-\ I did not intend on breeding but we kept them intact so they could compete in events such as conformation and weight pull.

Now, one of the puppies now appears to have some 'deformities'. At his 8wk checkup/shot, my vet noticed his tail has a kink at the base (it can't stand up but can wag side to side). My vet said not to worry, other than that he seems in good health. However, I still decided to not sell him with the rest of the puppies and to monitor his health. About a week and a half ago (just after his 12wk checkup/shot) I noticed his farthest outside toe on each front foot is smaller than the other toes. It seems both toes have just STOPPED growing and, as everyday passes, the difference between them and the other toes appears to be more noticeable. They seem basically useless at this point :( He seems to have slight trouble getting around as all his weight is on just the inside toes rather than being spread evenly throughout the feet. I feel so bad for this puppy and am keeping him permanently. He is such a sweet dog, I REALLY don't want anyone to suggest putting him down. :( At his 16wk checkup/shots (he's 14 wks now) I will talk to my vet about it. Until then, I am just left here worrying.

I have really grown attached to this pup, he is so mild mannered and loving...I just want to cry that he has these issues. I'm so scared his feet will become unbearably worse with time and there will be nothing I can do. I am willing to do everything in my power to help him. I have thought about buying him 'booties' for now but do you think that would help keep his paws more comfy?

I also almost wonder if he has some form of dwarfism? He was BY FAR the shortest, stockiest pup out of the litter and his front legs are slightly bowed while all the other pups are perfectly straight. He comes from healthy, well bred stock...I have NO IDEA where these issues came from. (None of the other puppies in the litter have any deformities.)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Pit Bull Discussions & Pictures / 7 month old pup losing weight
« on: April 17, 2008, 10:58:35 am »
Hello Everyone, I'm in need of some advice. My 7 month old AmStaff puppy had lost 4 pounds in two weeks but, other than that, he acts normal.
I took him to the vet and (even though he is on a regular worming schedule) had a fecal exam and full panal blood test done. Due to it's high occurance in my area, I assumed he had Valley Fever. However, all the blood work came back without any abnormalities and in the fecal, no eggs were found. My vet says he seems normal aside from being a bit skinny.
I'm at a loss now as I believe a dog his age should be GAINING weight instead of LOSING it.  :-\ But, he does act happy and energetic as he is ever is. (He's a couch potato until you take him for a walk, then he runs wild!)
Should I worry? Is there any supplements I can give him or something? Both his parents are NOT skinny dogs and normally he is built like a tank.
So what would you guys say?

Thanks! Na, my vet doesn't crop as there are very few here that do in Arizona. But, I'll see what I can do. Thank you

If you dont think the tapping you are doing is working, talk to the vet that did the crop (your breeder will give you this info) or contact your breeder for info on what to do.  They will be able to answer your questions and can maybe even help hands on.

At this moment, I do not trust either the breeder or her vet as (from past advice) I do not think they will give me a better answer than someone on here could. Thanks anyways! I have retaped them and hopefully it will work.

Boxer Discussions & Pictures / Re: Some Pictures of me!
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:30:30 pm »
soooo cute!

In my opinion, she doesn't look like a pit or american staffordshire in the slightest. Like you mentioned, I would say a lab/ border collie mix. She doesn't have the jaw muscles or coat to be part pit or amstaff (like you said). That is completely rediculous if they make you get rid of her when this dog is obviously not of bully breed! Best of luck!

He is quite the studly looking dog. There is nothing that is a proven commodity in trying to correct ears that have been cropped. As alluded to in the previouse post, if you are not going to show him I would not deciate that much effort to chaging things.  If it is an issue you can bring him in and get him reset but there is no gaurante it will do anything.

I would like to show him so I will retape and pray that it will eventually help! I just worry the taping I'm doing won't correct this specific issue...Thanks!

I have no answers for the ear question but I just had to comment on that freaking cute face!  He is awesome...

Thank you!!

First of all, he's gorgeous!!

2nd, are you going to show him? If your plans aren't to show him then I wouldn't even worry about it.

Aww thanks! Yeah, I'm going to try in show him just for fun. His parents are champions so, even though his color isn't favorable, its worth a shot? lol

I would continue to tape them.  Even if you aren't showing the pup, I dont think its fair to you or the pup to have gone through the crop to just let them flop, not this early at least.  I'd talk to the vet that did the surgery and see what he/she says, and just continue to tape/set them like you did before.

I'm sure others that have gone through a crop will post with some ideas to get them to stand.

As for your pup...ADORABLE!!  What a good looking dog.  I just love staffies :)

Thanks! I got him with ears cropped so I can't talk to the  vet. Its just that they stand right when he's relaxed...its how he holds them when he's excited...I dunno. Thanks though!

My Amstaff puppy got his ears cropped about 5 or so weeks ago. They stand straight and I thought they were done being taped. However, whenever he gets alert, his ears curl in towards eachother. (See pictures) Is there a specific way of taping that will fix this sort of problem? Or, since they are good when relaxed, is this the best I can ask for? Any help would be great!

Bullmastiff Discussions & Pictures / Re: bullmastiff with a curly tail
« on: December 10, 2007, 11:12:08 pm »
The bulldog is soooooo far back in a bullmastiff's past that it isn't likely to come out. Most likely the problem is either inbreeding or breeding that isn't true (there is possibly a mutt in there somewhere).

If both parents are registered (AKC or UKC preferably), you can rule out that there is any other breeds in the dogs' heritage. Also, with pedigrees, you can check to see if the parents are possibly from the same lines. (Which I'm sure you checked prior to the breeding.)

If both parents don't have papers (or are registered with a 'basement registry') anything is possible.

But, I'm not an expert by any means, so I cannot tell you for sure.

Either way, I'm sure they will be adorable pets!

It's a disturbing video. But, as dog lovers, I hope someone can come up with an idea on how to stop this? I know, tired of PETA videos. I'm not a big peta fan myself, however, I think these animals deserve our help...

Its very graphic and disturbing (especially the part with the GSD). As part of my vet class, all the students need to do some volunteer work. I would like to help bring this to my class's attention. However, I need to also come up with a way to help solve it. (I know we can't STOP it but we can hopefully save some lives...)

Sooo...Any help or ideas? Please?

Group Discussions & Photos / Re: Pics!!!!!
« on: December 10, 2007, 09:56:49 pm »
Cute dogs! I love the Akita... GORGEOUS!

Pit Bull Discussions & Pictures / Re: pit pups
« on: December 10, 2007, 09:46:22 pm »
I love pit bulls, they are great dogs! Be sure to post photos if you do get one  ;D Also, here's a video you should definatly check out if you're interested in pit bulls. It's an anti bsl video but its really great in showing this amazing breed's versatility.

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