My parents' neighbors have a chihuahua who has the most deformed feet.
They asked me if I've ever seen anything like it, I have not. Nor has the vet. I'm hoping
someone here might have some hope or suggestions for Bella the Chi and her people.
Backstory: Bella came from a breeder. She was purchased with a health guarentee and
full breeding rights. When e arrived it was quite evident her feet weren't right. She wan't
walking much, and moving appeared to hurt her. Her owner called the breeder, who
said take the dog to the vet.
The vet said he's never seen anything like it. It's like her feet are flat. Her nails grow straight
up. He gave her booties to wear to keep her from tearing up the undersides of her toes,
but she always chews them off. Bella can barely walk, and the undersides of her feet are
all fur-bare and calloused.
The breeder says it's something Bella's folks did, so she won't cover it under her health
guarentee (which also includes free from genetic defects).
The vet says it's not an act of abuse but a defect.
I'm wondering, has anyone else seen anything like this? All four of her poor little feet have
the exact same problem.
(Yes, Bella's toenails are long, but it's the results, rather than the cause of whatever this is.)