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knee problems in litter

Posted by:  Cynthia Rozyla
Posted on:  November 16, 2002 at 17:32:32

Question:

Wejust had our first litter of pups. Both parents are registered and from reputable kennels. Two of the puppies (litter of 4) were born with problems in their knees. The runt had knee joints that were rotated 180 degrees. The third puppy is not quite so bad, but noticeably affected.

The vet and the orthopedic surgeon claim they have not seen this ailment and think it is a genetic defect. To the best of my knowledge (relying on the word of the breeders) this has not appeared before in their lines.

I would like to know if there is a name for this defect or any further information on it. I have been advised not to breed further until we find out, and to sell the two seemingly healthy pups as pets only.
Thanks