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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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He is a 4 month old German shepherd. My vet told me he has

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He is a 4 month old German shepherd. My vet told me he has flat feet. I feed him blue freedom no grain puppy food. He told me to feed him cheap food with 20% or less crude protein. He has terrible diarrhea from this. Is this the solution. He walks fine
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: No wounds
JA: What is the German shepherd's name?
Customer: Max
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Max?
Customer: No he is healthy in all ways...just the flat foot. Is that a serious condition
Submitted: 28 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 28 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 28 days ago.

Meg, you've described carpal hyperextension. This can occur secondary to trauma which includes ligamentous (sprain), fibrocartilaginous (hyperextension), fracture, or shearing injuries. It can also represent a congenital (present at birth) deformity involving the carpal joint and its associated ligaments and tendons. The goal of treatment is to re-establish anatomic/functional joint and limb activities. Ligamentous defects are most common and are either repaired or arthrodesis (partially freezing the carpal joint) is performed. Dietary restriction is not only unhelpful but contraindicated. Referral to a specialist orthopedic surgeon (please see here: www.acvs.org) should be considered.

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