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I have a 5.7 week old miracle puppy that we saved it's a accident from a gsp pointer female and a male chihuahua. All the rest of the litter were pure gsp and one has to be a mix because of the size we nursed it because mom and siblings wouldn't let it eat. The issue is its back legs are a little bowed and it walks weird don't know if it's from it being little or something else
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I believe you're seeing an ataxic pup ("drunken sailor"/"walking weird"). Please review this link: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/musculoskeletal/c_dg_spinal_malformations which nicely discusses the numerous congenital (present at birth) defects we might find in this pup. It can be a challenge clarifying which defect(s) are present without advanced imaging and considerable expense. Pragmatically speaking, because the prognosis for these pups must always be very guarded for return to normal function, most owners will take a wait and see attitude reserving euthanasia for those pups who worsen rather than become more stabile with maturity.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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