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Old 07-29-2011, 09:52 AM
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I dont have much expereience with Chi's - when we collected Luna our new puppy, we thought something was 'wrong' with her back legs as she was almost dragging them she was hardly walking 'off' the ground.
Anyway she is now 10 weeks and she jumps around and walks/runs with no problem but we still think her legs are set in a way I havent seen before?
Put it this way, from the back she looks like John Wayne walking around! They seem quite square/wide apart?

Is this something or nothing?
Obviously its causing her no problems but I was just wondering.

We also noticed her eyes, one shows a lot more 'white' than the other, so almost appearing 'bog eyed' again it doesnt cause her any problems but wondering if its anything to worry about for the future?

We're going to get her insured but obviously if she may have signs of anything occuring in the future we will get her insured 'before' we even take her to the vets for her innoculations.
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Can you take pictures? Without them it's hard to tell. You may want to get her insured though as often bow legged dogs have serious problems with luxating patellas -- usually over a $2500 surgery. You have to have the dog insured BEFORE they are diagnosed or it is NOT covered. So you can't go ask your vet 1st if she has a problem because then they put it in their records. Petplan covers LP but a lot don't.
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Hmm, I have always thought Calista's back legs are a little bowlegged, and then I noticed it in a lot of other chihuahaus!
Personally... I would get her insured before you do anything like taking her to the vets... we made the mistake of doing a puppy check the day after we got Calista and before she was insured as we knew she had a hair lip... he identified the cleft pallate and BAMN not covered, no related problems covered, etc etc.
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Chico has a wide stance on his back legs.... Right leg had a LP... I found out the Left Hip is blown.... so I guess the wide stance helps with the walking
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You have to have the dog examined by a vet though, before the policy starts, or after, within I think 14 days or so. So if she's been toa vet and they didn't say anything about her knees then great! If she hasn't been, you can go before you insure her, and hope they don't feel the knees/mention them.
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Thanks! I'll get her insured asap then incase.

What problems could bow legs cause? (i'll try get a photo up later)

As shes only 10 weeks its hard to tell if this is the way she'll 'grow'..or is anything avoidable, ie; exersices to help her grow more correctly if her legs are more bow than normal?
If it doesnt cause any pain/effect on walking etc could it be left?

Thanks for letting me know what it might be, I will read about this now.

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Healthy Paws covers LP as well Pet Health Insurance for Dogs & Cats | Healthy Paws Pet Insurance
That's what I use for my pets. My chi has luxating patellas and his legs bow out a little more than my other one who does not have the LP. I belong to a chihuahua playgroup and one of the chi's that comes had really bowed out legs both left and right since she was a puppy and it turned out she has LP in both - once she was done growing they had to do surgery on both legs The specialist told them when they are bowed out since puppyhood you can pretty much guarantee they will have to have surgery since those are mostly the higher grades of LP. When the LP is a grade 3 or higher surgery is normally recommended as it becomes very uncomfortable for the chi - the knees are constantly popping in and out. You can find a lot of information about LP on this forum as it's very common in chihuahuas. Good luck!
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Thanks, Ive just got her Insured with 'John Lewis's' - it seems a good cover 7,000 per condition per year etc etc. But how do you find out if they would pay out for LP related treatment??

Im struggling to figure out if it is her knee's that are making her legs appear bowed or actually her 'hips'??
(We had guests this weekend and they commented on how her legs seemed bowed and asked if she had hurt her leg!)
Her innocs are due this Weds but the insurance cover doesnt start until 14 days so I cant ask the vets about it until then

When we got her from the breeder the other puppies did seem to be hobbling around the same which re-assured me at the time, and her mothers legs seemed fine, the breeder showed us a scar on the mothers leg where she said she was knocked over and had broke her leg...

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