Sensitive back feet

by Carole kennedy
(Reedsville, ohio)

My Pyr is just 1 yr old. Has double dews on back feet. Sometimes, if he is running or playing, he will stop abruptly and limp for a few minutes, as if he has stepped on something. Took him to a vet, she said his dew claws need removed. No stays taken, no thorough exam. I dont thi k its dew claw problem. He gets nails trimmed, and groomed regularly. He is an inside house dog. Any ideas?

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Oct 22, 2019
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Lameness
by: Donna

I'm not sure what an indoor house dog is especially in a Pyr. They love to be outside.

Never remove dew claws. You are right there. Here is some good information on dew claws. Copy and paste this URL into your browser:

https://ketogenick9.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/the-function-of-dew-claws/?fbclid=IwAR2YWoE_C36_7upZI6Em-CpY2s3W_sf6tDtqRLlXT2wDCbu5HqERsCdBjFU

This can happen to any breed, I think. I'm not a vet nor an expert but I had the same issue with my girl except in the hind leg. It appeared to be 'growing pains'. She grew out of it.

You might consider finding another vet who has a more holistic/naturalopathic approach to vet medicine.

Oct 23, 2019
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stages of growth
by: Anonymous

If you have had your Pyr for 9 or 10 months, you already know how quickly he's grown from that cute/cuddly puppy stage into a big dog.
Joints are especially vulnerable to stress while your pup's body grows. But nature is a wonderful thing. Your pup comes pre-programmed to get big, fast. In the mountains of his ancestors, that's what kept them safe. In those mountain homes, gentle exercise was constant as the pups grew up.
If, as an inside dog, your pup spends many hours in a crate or otherwise cooped up, he may not be able to move or exercise enough at his own pace. Being outside in a large and safe yard so that he can exercise at his own pace, as much as possible, is important for healthy growth of joints, tendons, muscles. Limping for a moment, one or two steps could occur. Limping constantly is a warning that all is not well with him.
Being taken on leashed walks is good for his mind, as this breed is also pre-programmed to walk...a lot! His dew claws have nothing to do with all this. This feature of the Pyrenees is unique to the breed relating to their working life in a mountainous terrain, and should not be removed. They are a part of him.
If your vet is not familiar with Pyrs, you would do well to find another that is, for the future care your pup will require. You should read all of the information this excellent site provides so you can be the best judge of the care he will need in future (ie: his neuter, which should only be done when he's fully grown at age 2!) There's lots to think about.
Hope this helps....good luck.



Oct 23, 2019
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Limp
by: ck in va

We have a 150 lbs pty.Found out he had a bad injury sometime in bis life so he will limp at times.The vets here are not up to speed with prys.we had to go to the emergency vet to get x- ray cause they wound not listen. Was high $$$ but we found out what is was.try to find a better vet GOOD LUCK.

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