My dog has a limp...

i have a pitbull he's 8 months and abt 45-50 pounds.. abt 2 months ago he developed a slight limp n his front right leg. Then it cleared up n a couple of days and he was back to normal. Then a week after that the limp came back but it was n his front left leg and thats been goin on 4 abt a week now and then it stop but just 2night now his back left leg is causing him 2 limp again. idk wat 2 do i just paid 100 dollars getting xrays and they couldnt c anything... can some 1 please help me out cause i cant afford to keep taking him 2 the vet if they cant find anything... please help! ( the vet said he might b 2 heavy 4 his age but his weight is mostly in his neck / chest area and he's limping b cuz of his back paw).. Cud it just b arthritis??

Asked by Member 892421 on Mar 14th 2010 in Arthritis
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There is a disease of large breed, growing puppies called panosteoitis, or long bone disease. It is also called wandering bone disease since it usually goes from leg to leg. The good news... dogs normally recover from it with no ill effects on their own with no treatment at all! However, it should have shown up on the x-rays as fuzzy areas along the long bones of his legs and shoulder. Some vets do not recognize this on an x-ray, particularly if they have not seen it before.
I would give the vet a call and ask them to please check the x-rays again for this problem. Good luck!

Member 641257 answered on 3/15/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I agree, it sounds just like Pano. Vets don't always spot it on xrays, and it doesn't always show up on xrays anyway, especially mild cases. One trick you can try is to pinch the long bone of the sore leg (like if you were to pinch your shin). If you get a pain reaction, it's very likely Pano. Pano typically comes and goes, and rotates between legs. He will grow out of Pano without any treatment. Keeping his weight down and feeding a good quality food with low calcium will help tremendously!

Isy answered on 3/15/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Is he an American Pitbull or actually an American Bully? Ambully's are sometimes prone to joint issues due to the fact that they are carrying way too much weight on their short legs. You said that the vet believes he is too heavy for his age and you said it is mainly his neck and chest area but said it started in his front legs first. I would seriously watch how much he weighs.
The standard for an APBT's weight is only 35-60lbs for males.

Rambo answered on 3/15/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer