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Sorry for the long post….but I need some advice. Also, I know similar questions get asked a lot but I haven’t found the right answer.

Hi all. New to the group and looking for some advice about my sweet Auggie. He’s a nearly 5 month old Basset/ Pit Bull mix that we rescued about a month ago (basset body with a pit head). A week after we got him home he started limping. Obsessively read and learned all the possibilities (Pano, ALD, etc.). Took him to the vet. He stated (without xrays) that it is likely angular limb deformity. My inexperienced opinion is I agree considering you can see the deformity. His left leg appears to bow and the paw turns out at almost a 90 degree angle. whereas the right one is straight. Doc prescribed carprofen. Been giving him the carprofen about a week. No change. However, he runs, jumps, plays, and doesn’t appear to be in any pain. Doc manipulated his limbs and got no indication of pain. Doc also suggested no running or jumping down for the next 8 months. 😳 We curtail this as much as possible but he’s 5 months old and loves to run and play so it’s difficult.

Question is….should I try to find a specialist like an orthopedic vet to examine him? I’m not sure my current vet has any experience with Bassets and from what I’m reading this seems to be a big deal. I changed him off of
puppy food to adult large breed. What else should
I be doing? I live in Vegas and have had trouble even finding an “orthopedic vet”. Just worried that I’m not doing enough. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks so much.

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Thanks for the advice. I’d like to get a second opinion from a specialist but I’ve been having trouble finding one here in Vegas. Still looking though. Another group gave me some suggestions I’m looking into.
No breeder….he’s a rescue from a local rescue group.
 

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angular limb deformity is a request for proper basset conformation but tend to be more problematic in mixed with the breed especially if it result in longer limbs than the average basset. If he is on a large breed puppy formula it would be better to maintain that then switch to adult because the large breed puppy is likely less calorically dense and will have lower calcium levels and proper calcium to phosphorus ratio. If regular puppy formula adult would be better but large breed puppy better still/ The difference between large breed adult and regular adult is immaterial and often only the size of the kibble./ I would much more lean toward pano the ALD ALD is way over diagnosed in dwarf breed by vets that do not understand there conformation,. Dogs with way worse conformation than this one have lived pain free,. Angular Limb Deformity - Fitzpatrick Referrals
Thank you. Right now he's on adult large breed (no puppy). Initially, I was mixing the regular puppy with all breed adult but just recently switched to large breed adult. Should I go back to puppy and give him large breed puppy? I finally found two possible ortho vets in my area to consult and have sent out messages to get appointments.
 

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If this is Pano, which looking at the photo of this lad I'd say it's not, as not for nothing is this called the creeping disease as it affects all limbs, not just one, you 'd know. And Pano is very painful. I'm glad the link to Firzpatrick has been posted here - he has done loads of ALD surgeries, often with great results. But again, I think you 'd be asked to wait rather than get into this kind of surgery on one so young (only 5 months and obviously still growing).
Thanks. I looked at the Fitz link, but it appears to be outside the US. Am I missing something? I did finally find someone in my area and I'm working on a appointment. Thanks for the input.
 
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