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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy limping problem

My 5 month puppy has been favouring his right front leg for 5 days now. After the 3rd day I took him to the vet who checked his paw the joints manipulated the leg no signs of pain from my puppy. He gave me 5 days worth of anti inflammation drops said if after 5 days no positive results he suggested a shoulder xray. Any input on the matter would be appreciated thanks.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 11:59 PM
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It may be pano. If it is, it will clear up, but then he may limp with a different paw. The pup will outgrow it. I would suggest waiting the 5 days and hopefully the treatment will work. If not, then as your vet suggested, to have the shoulder xray.

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What are you feeding? I agree, it could be Panosteitis. I would not go to anti- inflammatories right away. Vitamin C and equal amounts of low calcium and phosphorus in the diet may help reduce the length of the bout if it is Pano. Genetics sometimes play into it too. Is your puppy growing quickly compared to the 'norm'?
I'd like to know what is in the drops your vet prescribed.

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Could be pano (hopefully) or dysplasia -which was my case and the vet said it was pano and got us waiting for a few months. Symptoms were the same.
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Xrays can usually confirm pano -- I would do them to rule out other injuries.

The last pano pup I had was helped by the Vit. C Onyx suggests -- specifically, Ester-C because it's easier on the tummy. We also gave fish oil, and a glucosamine/msm/chondroitin supplement (the holistic vet insisted it had to have all 3).

We cut the intensity and duration of the episode in each leg way, way down, so that he didn't need NSAID pain meds and remained active and playful (with just a little hitch in his gait). It took about a week to "load" the supplements and see an effect.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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The medication he is on is called Metacam . He is eating fromm lb puppy food. We are limiting his is activity level I belive it might be a little better tonight. He limps the most when he gets up from a nap. But if it is a soft tissue bruise xrays won't detect it either right?
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Definitely get to the bottom of this. Don't mess with a limping pup. He should be on the skinny side, meaning that you should be able to feel his ribs and spine when you pet him in a normal way. Hope for Pano.
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My dog had pano as a pup and it scared the crap out of me. He favored different paws and outgrew it in a few( i think 6) weeks.I xray ed him to be sure. I rested him when he was limping( which was hard to do with an energetic pup). He was a big boned and long legged fast growing pup( I would watch what kind of food your feeding him) and like the previous poster keep em lean but not too lean( they got to work those muscles)The good news is there are no long term effects on the dog. My dog lived to almost 12 and was very healthy his whole life with no worries( just the last few months when he passed from cancer). I think of pano as something similiar to adolescents with "osgood schlatter". Hope all goes well for your lil pup.
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Both my German shepherds, at a similar age started limping. It scared me so bad! I tried rubbing their legs with essential oils, icing, resting, rapping. Turns out they both out-grew it, gave me quite a scare though. But you should always make sure, in all my years with animals I have learned that when it comes to their health never expect the best or wait until its to late.
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Both my German shepherds, at a similar age started limping. It scared me so bad! I tried rubbing their legs with essential oils, icing, resting, rapping. Turns out they both out-grew it, gave me quite a scare though. But you should always make sure, in all my years with animals I have learned that when it comes to their health never expect the best or wait until its to late.
This! Had an issue with my Sheltie many years ago that seemed like nothing. By the time the true nature of it reared it's head it was late enough that he suffered quality of life issues for the rest of his life He still lived a long, happy life but with some pains and problems that he wouldn't have had to live with had I listened to my gut more and taken him right away. That's a lesson you only need to learn once! When it comes to our animals, they're part of the family. No matter how small something seems it never hurts to have them checked out. Something that seems major could be nothing and you're out the cost of a vet visit - and something that seems minor and passing could be life altering and you're out your best friend.

9 times out of 10 it's always a silly little thing and it costs 30 bucks for the checkup. But you get the peace of mind!
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