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.