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puppy: front paws spread out like web feet when he walks

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my new puppys front paws spread out like web feet when he walks. what does that mean. will it get better
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Make sure your pup's nails are trimmed back so as not to force his feet into a splayed position.
Some pups if kept on wire, or on flat surface like concrete, or if not getting the right nutrition may have splayed feet that will correct with better footing or better nutrition.
Others are born with the splay foot and it cannot be corrected.
Boxers are supposed to have 'cat feet' which are round and tight. Flaws are hare feet where the middle two toes stick out further than the rest and splayed feet are also a flaw.
As its a pup give him time to grow,feed him properly and keep his nails trimmed.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: will splayed feet affect his health or footing in any way as he grows. is it just cosmetic.
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
I would say its like a flat footed person - he may tire easier on walks and he may have some arthritis later in life from improper support of his structure.
I'm not sure I'd plan on jumping a Boxer with this problem seriously.
But be aware as he is a pup his feet may tighten up as he grows with good nutrition and exercise.
Some people think walking on all sorts of surfaces helps with that too - some suggest crushed stone helps the dog to naturally tighten the feet but I think uneven and grassy surfaces can work too.

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