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Hey guys/gals,

I have a one year old GSD who is very active. He has had issues for most of his puppy life due to his allergies. He would chew himself raw and pull his hair out with the allergies. We took him to a dog allergy specialist in LA and got him on a type of "vaccine" for lack of a better word that slowly lets his system build an immunity to the allergies. Well five months later he is finally improving and is starting to not have to wear his cone.

So... he was on Science Diet Prescription for allergies for that time period. Now that he is doing better we switched him to Blue Buffalo Wilderness and he loved it and was doing great for about one week. Then he started to lift his leg as if he was hurt low and behold he has a case of PANO!

So... the research I have been doing states the high protein diet can cause issues with Pano although not entirely confirmed.

So... I am planning to change him to just regular Blue Buffalo Freedom which has about 7% less protein.

Opinions? To add to all of this he has since gone on a hunger strike and will not eat his food unless it is wet Z/D food.

.... dang dogs.
 

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Hey guys/gals,

I have a one year old GSD who is very active. He has had issues for most of his puppy life due to his allergies. He would chew himself raw and pull his hair out with the allergies. We took him to a dog allergy specialist in LA and got him on a type of "vaccine" for lack of a better word that slowly lets his system build an immunity to the allergies. Well five months later he is finally improving and is starting to not have to wear his cone.

So... he was on Science Diet Prescription for allergies for that time period. Now that he is doing better we switched him to Blue Buffalo Wilderness and he loved it and was doing great for about one week. Then he started to lift his leg as if he was hurt low and behold he has a case of PANO!

So... the research I have been doing states the high protein diet can cause issues with Pano although not entirely confirmed.

So... I am planning to change him to just regular Blue Buffalo Freedom which has about 7% less protein.

Opinions? To add to all of this he has since gone on a hunger strike and will not eat his food unless it is wet Z/D food.

.... dang dogs.
Its high calcium and Blue adds calcium supplements and from posters on this site, they have never been able to get Blue to confirm the proper calcium amount. I personally would get rid of Blue and start with that.

Not sure anything helps, my boy had it a few times. People on this site say Vit C works.
 

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My dog had pano and we switched to regular adult blur buffalo and he is doing much better. The grain free BB made it worse.
 
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I had a male with severe PANO, he thrived on DR. Gary's Best Breed Senior dog food. Every time we stopped and went back to German Dog Diet he would come up lame, switch him to senior and it would go away;) !

It's also CRUCIAL to keep your dog light!!! 5lbs makes a difference between a lame dog and a healthy happy animal! On the youngsters I like to see the last 2 ribs when they're panting.
 

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We have switched him to a non grain free regular large breed BB food. It has only been two days so I want to give it at least a week and see if there is improvement. He is still lame in the right rear leg; however, seems to be adding weight and walking on it slowly.
 

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Well he is doing much better, have to report I believe Blue Buffalo was the culprit. After switching him to the regular recipe his stools got worse and blood started to develop. We immediately took him off of the BB and onto a cooked chicken and rice diet. It has been four days on the new diet and his Pano has greatly improved. He is now putting weight back on the leg and no longer holding it up while he stands. He is even walk/jogging on it again. We are still going to take it easy and only leash walking will be allowed for the next two weeks.

We are going to switch him to Wellness after he cycles through the chicken and rice phase and gets more solid stools.
 

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wellness can be a 'rich' food as well. I tried it once and my dogs didn't tolerate it well. diarhea:(

I dont feed puppies puppy food. I go straight to adult . Pano, usually goes from one leg to another leg, one day it will be in the front, the next you may see it in the back.

When a dog continues to favor "one" leg, of course I'm paranoid, and wonder if it could be something else..

Glad he's doing better tho!
 
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