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04-15-2013 05:37 PM
lith1um I have had the exact same problem with my GSD.

He was 130 pounds at 10 months. He sprained his front left ankle and limped. I took him to the vet they took x-rays and told me it will cure itself, sent me home with a pain killer. He was all good untill last week he was limping again (he does play very rough). I limited his activity and now its getting better again. His weight is down to 120 at a year and month old. Ive got him on blue buffalo diet food which might be helping him with his weight.
04-10-2013 08:39 AM
Mooch Better safe than sorry Mine was lame at 4 month and we took him for x-rays same as you - Elbow dysplacia needing surgery to repair

It's always good to know whats going on in there

I'm glad to hear he's feeling good tho, hopefully you won't have any more problems now
04-10-2013 04:28 AM
Yvette Slaghuis Feedback on Sparos's Sore leg. He is 10 months old.

We took him back to the breeder in January for her opinion and her advice was.

He was showing typical signs of Pano. Fast growing, male and his age. His father is a very big dog. Pano does not always show up on X-Rays in a young dog. She believed that it was not necessary to send him for further test. It would be a waste of money at this stage. She believed that he is a very healthy dog with no long term problems.
In her opinion he is over weight, (his siblings are all half his size). Diet was changed and there has been no weight gain since January.
I had to continue with Rimadyl, for the pain, and most of all have to be patient. This problem can continue for another year.

About 3 weeks later there was a total change. No limping or pain. He is getting stronger each day and showing no signs of Pano. Two months later and still no signs of limping.

This has taught me to be more patient, and not run to the vet with every small problem.
12-22-2012 11:58 AM
Yvette Slaghuis Thank you for all the feedback. I did ask the Vet if it could be panosteitis, he believes that it is not. At Sparos's last visit they did take a sonar of the leg, nothing was picked up.
I have only noticed the one leg being affected.
I am feeding him Royal Canin, this is the only food he has been fed from birth. I have also made sure not to over feed. His weight at present is 28.8kg, he was six months on 7 December.
He is a pedigree,
We have locked him up today with minimal exercise, hope this helps. I don't want to send him for unnecessary tests when maybe there is something conservative we can rather do. Has anybody thought of a massage program to maybe stimulated blood flow to the area?
12-21-2012 10:51 AM
lhczth Did the vet x-ray the elbows and does he know how to read elbow x-rays. It may be just a subtle shading that looks like the dog moved during the x-ray. The dog may also have a soft tissue injury and that is why nothing is showing up on x-ray. Rest and hand walking is a good idea. I had a 10 month old very drivey female tear her left shoulder muscle. Crate rest and hand walking for two weeks. She was just about coming out of her skin, but she healed.

I have a small country general practitioner vet (does all animals). He is one of the best vets for taking and reading x-rays in the state and people come from all over to use him.
12-21-2012 09:17 AM
carmspack yes Pano does show as a furring or cloudiness , sometimes very subtle , and then it depends on the sophistication of the vet , some of which I wouldn't trust to give an accurate reading on hips - which is why breeders say - oh no not your little country vet - send the plates to OFA for the opinion for the guarantee to be honoured --
Vet may not even have considered Pano.
The OP is in South Africa and may not be experienced through volume of cases.

Yvette can you get a digital picture of the x ray to post?
12-21-2012 08:59 AM
JakodaCD OA and duh me, I see in your title it says "sore front leg",,what can I say, it's to early on a friday morning))) Still stand behind my ortho suggestion tho
12-21-2012 08:49 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN Agree with Diane on everything. Especially an eyeball by a board certified radiologist or ortho specialist.

Also was thinking, sometimes dogs/pups with "bad" hips, or "bad" back, will overuse their front (which gets used more anyway) and it causes a front hitch/limp.
12-21-2012 08:30 AM
JakodaCD OA while it could be pano, I agree with Jean, and the above article. When my dogs had pano, it was quite visible on xray.

I would suggest to the OP, take those xrays to an orthopedic surgeon. I don't know how many times, friends of mine have had 'issues', vets look at them say nothing is there, same xrays taken to an ortho surgeon who picks up what it is on those same xrays.

I like previcox, however, giving him 'anything', might make him feel better and therefore he'll be full of it wanting to race around, and given that he's very young , same thing.

While it can be difficult , I would do as vet suggests, and try to keep him toned down, walking on leash, no jumping up or down (could further exasperate something if something is there)

When my dogs had pano, it would shift from leg to leg, as your not seeing a "shifting" while absolutely still possible it's pano, that non shifting would make me want to explore it more for something else.

Is he limping on a rear or front leg? If rear, I would maybe suspect ACL, which will not show up on an xray. Also if rear, did they xray his hips?
12-21-2012 08:13 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN Looks like it?
01 Panosteitis: Growing Pains in Dogs - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company!
Diagnosis of panosteitis is relatively straight forward. The clinical picture of an adolescent large breed dog with long bone lameness is suggestive of numerous developmental bone diseases, such as hypertrophic osteodystrophy, osteochondrosis dissecans, panosteitis etc. In panosteitis, there is a slight predisposition of males over females. While larger breeds are more commonly affected, any dog could potentially develop this condition. The lameness can shift from one leg to another and can be accompanied by fever. Painful episodes last 1 to 3 weeks typically but recur, often changing legs, until the puppy outgrows the condition.

In panosteitis, characteristic cloudiness in the bone marrow cavities is visible on radiographs. If there is any doubt about whether these lesions are really there, radiographs can be repeated in a couple of weeks and the lesions will likely be more prominent.
01 Panosteitis: Growing Pains in Dogs - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company!


Soft tissue injuries don't show up on x-ray though right?
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