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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. It sounds like he may have congenital carpal hyperextension. It is not very common but may result due to some electrolyte abnormalities, especially calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. It cannot be treated by just supplementing these items, though. Your vet needs to get x-rays of the joints to rule out any other injuries or problems, but they will most likely need to get some blood work and splint the front paws. They may need to formulate a new diet for him as well. Due to this not being a very common issue, they may want to refer him to a veterinary orthopedist as well. If this was an acquired disease in an older dog, surgery may be needed. With a puppy, medical management is usually tried first. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
Hello. I was just following up to see how Gunny is doing and to see if you have further questions.