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Hi all! I’m new here :)
My fiancé and I just rescued a GSD puppy around 4-5 months of age on Halloween. He’s been adjusting beautifully and is one smart cookie. We adore him. Over the last 2 days we have both noticed an occasional limp. All signs seem to point to pano but I was wondering if any of you had some input!
When the rescue found him he had a dislocation in his leg. It popped back into place and he went to the orthopedic surgeon and had many xrays, they shaved the joint and they said it was an old injury that didn’t hurt him anymore and he was good to go. Fast forward to us getting him last week, he was completely normal. No limp. We brought him to the vet a few days ago to get another set of shots and his microchip put in and the vet evaluated his leg again and said it looked all better.
Now, we have noticed the new limp seems to switch legs. He doesn’t seem to be in any pain. He is just as playful and active as before. I’ve touched both legs and he doesn’t react. He has a vet appointment less than a month from now but I was wondering if we should go sooner? Thoughts?
Hes otherwise acting perfect. Great appetite, playful, loving, happy.
Anyone familiar with this? Has anyone used T-relief and has that helped? Thanks so much!!! Here’s a pic of our new fur baby!
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A limp that switches legs is a classic sign of pano -- that's why it's sometimes called "wandering lameness." It can often be spotted in an xray -- there's inflammation in the bone that shows up darker than the rest.

Some dogs need pain meds, others don't. I think the urgency of the vet visit really depends on whether he gets painful. It sounds like he's been recently re-checked by the ortho specialist, so at least they've ruled out any complications from his prior injury, right?

A holistic vet had me once put a pano pup on a big dose of fish oil, some Ester-C, and a combo pill of chondroitin/glusosamine/msm (but I think it was the MSM that did the work, as the gluc/chon haven't been shown to do much of anything). All that seemed to cut the severity of the episodes, and the duration. (I don't remember doseages of anything though -- it was nearly 20 years ago. Check with your vet.)

A large-breed puppy food can help too (Fromm grain in, Purina Pro Plan, Diamond Naturals all offer a LBP-specific food -others may too). Pano is super common in rescue pups that started out in life with terrible nutrition and then got a big growth spurt once they got on high-quality food.

Thanks for adopting him and giving him a loving home!
 
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