My Puppy has “Pano”
Panosteitis that is.
I have a brand new puppy!! And, the reason he came to me is because he has pano, and a fairly bad case of it I am afraid. The breeder got him back because he is in a significant amount of pain right now.
What is puppy panosteitis or pano? For those of you who have never had a puppy with pano or those of you who have a limping puppy let me explain.
This, by the way, is my second puppy with pano, so I am old hat at it now.
The first time I had a puppy with pano, I thought he was going to die or that somehow despite my keeping a diligent eye on him, that he had broken a bone.
It was 930 at night when we rushed to the ER clinic, me with tears in my eyes and him screaming and putting no weight on his back leg.
I was horrified! And then relieved that it was not a broken bone.
Panosteitis is a short lived and painful condition characterized by lameness, limping and pain that affects the long bones in young dogs usually between the ages of 5 -18 months (my baby is 5 months).
It can occur in any breed but is most common in medium to large breed dogs.
Inflammation causes pain which can affect one or more of the dog’s legs making it hard to move around.
It is very much like “growing pains” that many children have.
- Complete lameness or an inability or willingness to put any weight on the leg/s.
It is important if your dog has any of the symptoms to go to your vet! Only your vet can diagnose a problem!
Most young dogs or puppies are presented due to lameness and x-rays are administered.
Joint pain can last from days to months and range from mild to severe.
Most often the inflammation that causes the pain can be treated using medication.
Limited activity can also help your dog’s pain.
Most websites say there is no way to prevent panosteitis.
Some claim that diets high in protein can, however, make symptoms worse because they promote quicker growth.
Always ask your veterinarian what is best when dealing with any disease or symptom when it comes to your best friend and companion!
At my house, we are chewing a lot of bones, crate training and just hanging out.
I can’t even really get into training him right now because his pain is often bad.
But I know with love and kindness and regular rechecks with my vet, that this condition will soon pass and this little guy will become a phenomenal dog!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.