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Old 02-20-2013, 05:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New to the forum and like most here love our little furry friends. I recently got a beagle from a breeder and she is great. She is 6 months old and has recently started resting on her front tip toes when she sits and slightly when she walks and runs. She lives in the house but has a big yard and is able to go in and out all day. It doesn't seem to bother her, but when we brought her to the vet they took X-rays and say it is muscular contracture because her tendons are tight and not allowing her to flex enough. The vet has only seen one case of this and they are unsure of how to proceed. I am overseas with the military, so my only vet is on base but am looking for any advice, websites, or other information anyone has on this issue and what was done, if anything to fix. the one case this vet saw was a 4-year old beagle and she was in som much pain they had to put the dog to sleep. This news crushed my wife and I and are looking into other vets and any other information anyone has. please help.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to BW Yogurt!
I certainly hope you can find help for your little furbaby.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Yoghurt,
I've just read "the new Beagle" by Judith & Anton Musladin and Ada T Lueke and it describes a relatively new condition then( I don't have the year of publishing) called Chinese Beagle Syndrome. Its quite an old book so I don't know if you will find anything on the internet now about it but this condition sounds similar to your pup - "affected animals will adopt the typical stance of standing on their toes with a lack of flexation in the metatarsal-tarsal joints" - but it does go on to say - " the condition stabalizes by about one year of age and unless there are associated congenital or genetic problems your young dog will have a happy, normal life span"-
I hope this helps and certainly hope your pup has a very long, happy life.
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Welcome to the forum. Would love to see pictures of your dog.
Perhaps some gentle therapeutic exercise of the paw,like rubbing, bending the paw. If you have a yard let the dog have some fun digging---we have holes in our lawn which surely needed some bending of the paw
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Hi Yogurt

I think i have the same problem with my 13 wk pup.
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Please tell me how you are proceeding with this, i have been told to get x-rays and see a specialist, but would love to hear from anyone who is/has dealt with this problem.[img=http://s22.postimg.org/bmyejnzt9/photo_4.jpg]">
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