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Growing Pains in Dogs (Panosteitis)

Definition of Growing Pains

Growing pain, technically called panosteitis” or “pano,” is a fairly common inflammatory condition that affects the long bones of young, rapidly-growing, medium to large big-boned dogs. What causes growing pain is not well-understood. Some people think that hereditary factors are involved, since the condition tends to occur along family lines. Nutrition does not seem to be implicated, but allergies, metabolic disturbances, infection, immune system dysfunction, parasites and hormonal imbalances have may be contributors. Dogs with growing pain develop sudden onset of shifting limping that usually affects only one leg at a time. The condition is usually extremely painful and in some cases quickly becomes debilitating. Fortunately, growing pains are not hard to diagnose and typically can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications. Over time, the frequency and severity of lameness usually lessens, and eventually the disease runs its course. Most dogs suffer no long-term residual side effects.

Causes and Prevention of Growing Pains in Dogs

The cause of panosteitis in dogs is not known. Some experts believe that hereditary factors are involved, especially since the disease tends to occur along familial lines. Nutrition does not appear to be implicated, but allergies, metabolic disturbances, infection, immune system dysfunction, internal and external parasites and hormonal imbalances have been suggested as possible contributing causes. As an affected dog ages, the severity and frequency of bouts of lameness usually lessen, and the periods of

Symptoms of Growing Pains in Dogs

Panosteitis (“growing pains” or “pano”) is fairly common in young, rapidly growing mid-sized to large breed dogs – especially those with large bone structure. Panosteitis usually affects the long bones of the legs and seldom involves more than one leg at the same time. Once a particular bone has been affected, pano probably will not reappear in that same bone again. As a result, affected dogs may limp on one leg for a period of

Diagnosing Growing Pains in Dogs

Panosteitis (“growing pains” or “pano”) is not especially difficult to diagnose. It most commonly affects young, rapidly growing mid-sized to large-breed dogs, especially those with large leg bones, causing lameness that alternates between limbs.A veterinarian presented with a growing dog with shifting lameness will take a thorough history and conduct a complete physical examination. Dogs with panosteitis normally show signs of pain when their lower legs are palpated. Radiographs (X-rays) are the gold standard for

Treatment and Prognosis of Growing Pains in Dogs

Panosteitis is a painful inflammatory condition that targets the rapidly growing long leg bones in young, larger-breed dogs. The primary goal of treating panosteitis is to manage the dog’s pain, so that it can engage in normal daily activities with as little discomfort as possible, until the condition resolves on its own.During the acute stage of disease, dogs with panosteitis require rest, restricted activity and supportive care. They may be given one of a number

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