|Barked: Mon Jan 6, '14 12:09pm PST |
|I have had several "swimmers" over the years and all turned out perfectly normal. The trick is to tape the legs so the pup cannot lie on its chest, it has to lie on its side instead. It can still work its way over to a nipple with no issues. Change the tape about every three or four days to allow for growth. I taped the front legs together at just above the ankles and the same with the rear, leaving about an inch (depending on the size of the pup) between the legs so they go straight down to the ground if you hold it as it were standing.
In addition to the taping you can also put a toeless wool or other heavy sock, fairly snugly, on the puppy, cutting two holes for the two front legs to hang out.
Finally, sometimes it is as simple as a puppy nursing too much and getting too fat (and lazy?). In this case all you need to do is monitor the time it spends nursing.
It is believed it results from the pup being in a poor position while in the uterus, thus flattening the chest.
The sooner the taping is started the better it is for the pup as the bones are still quite soft and will bend out easier when really young.
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