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    I have a 1 week old that I'm afraid might turn into a swimmer. She's kind of flattening out on the bottom and we can feel the "corners" on her ribs. She's the smallest puppy but still gaining 1-2 oz. per day. Anyone have advice on how to keep her from becoming a swimmer?
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    First of all, watch her. It's a little earlier for this syndrome to set it. What you want to watch for is how is she sleeping. If it's always on the belly, turn her from time to time to see that she gets time on either side.

    If this progresses, you will likely need to hobble her. You'll take adhesive tape and tape from one back leg to the opposite leg in front. I had one that was so intent on this that I had the hobble both back legs to both opposite fronts. At any rate, the hobbles aren't too tight...just enough to hold the legs in what appoximates the normal position when standing.

    It usually takes about 2 days.

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    Sorry folks, but I am ignorant of this term. What is a swimmer in referance to a young pup as described? I'm sure there must be others that are not knowledgable of this condition. Please explaine. Bud

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    Bud,
    A swimmer puppy is one whose front legs are always splayed flat out. They just can't keep their feet under them and don't walk correctly, sometimes just kind of dragging the hind end behind. Swimmer puppies will often arch their backs to nurse rather than bending their necks. There are degrees of this from mild affliction (see Youtube video) to death. I guess in some breeds like the Bulldog its a very serious issue.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LxIz_AO8hk

    Here are a couple of articles:

    http://publications.royalcanin.com/r...ession=2120576

    http://www.showdogsupersite.com/kenl.../swimmers.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by akblackdawg View Post
    Sorry folks, but I am ignorant of this term. What is a swimmer in referance to a young pup as described? I'm sure there must be others that are not knowledgable of this condition. Please explaine. Bud
    This link does a great job of explaining more.

    http://www.swimmerpuppy.com/index.html

    Found it after I posted above, but I'd still be interested in suggestions.
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    I have raised a few. It's best to take steps as early as possible. Make sure you have blankets for them to climb on. You can also spend time holding the puppy on it's side. They seem to have an adversion to it--not sure if it's neurological or what. Flexing the rear legs will help keep them from getting stiff. Good Luck.
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    Chris, what type of surface are the pups on? I know swimmers need something they can get good traction on...in the past, I've heard using the bottom side of a bathmat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Frontier Labs View Post
    ...I've heard using the bottom side of a bathmat.
    I've used the bottom of a bathroom rug with good success.

    They must have good footing (no newspaper or smooth surfaces)
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    What are the implications for the swimmer's future? Do they develop normally?
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