November 7th 2009 10:32 am
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Panosteitis is a spontaneously occurring lameness that usually occurs in large breed dogs. German Shepherds seems to be particularly predisposed to this condition.
Affected dogs are usually in the 5 to 14 month age range and male dogs are more commonly infected than female dogs. The disease has been reported in dogs as young as 2 months and can occur in young mature dogs. The lameness tends to occur very suddenly, usually without a history of trauma or excessive exercise. In most cases one or the other front leg is affected first and then the problem tends to move around, making it appear that the lameness is shifting from leg to leg. There are often periods of improvement and worsening of the symptoms in a cyclic manner. In most cases, the worst pain lasts between one and two months but may persist in a cyclic nature for up to a year. Analgesic medications like aspirin can be be helpful. In This condition is self limiting, meaning that it will eventually go away,severe cases, corticosteroids may provide relief.
I went to the er vet today with severe pain in my right foot. I had an x-ray and this is my diagnosis. I will out grow this. The vet gave me 2 medications to help with the pain and inflammation.
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We are so sorry to hear of this, Geno! We hope you outgrow it soon.
Oh no Geno!! Not only delicate, but now a big diagnosis word too?? Gosh, I'm gonna have to work not to get worried about that! Should you get a new nick name now? Like, hobbit? Limpy? Pokey? BOL!!! We are thinkin' of you, Geno! Hopefully Toby doesn't take this opportunity to overpower you in the alpha wars!!