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Old 28-06-2011, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Roxxy is 21 months old. She has had a severe case of panosteitis off and on for the past year and a half. The rambunctious one of the litter and also the runt, we fell in love right away.

No problems at first but around 4-5 months, she started to have problems with her legs. We took her in to her local vet and was diagnosed with pano or growing pains. I've had her to four different veterinarians all saying the same diagnosis without much help. Blood test, x-rays, heartworm, lyme testing, you name it. Its definately pano.

We've tried asprin, rimadyl, tramadol, previcox, fish oil, glucosomine, heating pads, cold baths, ect... searched countless chatrooms, forums and websites. If anyone has any suggestions or previous experience with this. We love her so much and hate to see her in pain.

We've been told that this should end within her 2-2 1/2 year mark but we dont want her to suffer till then. She's a puppy and should play, not lay around all day and wimper. Thank you for reading and again, if you can offer any advice or help, feel free!
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Old 28-06-2011, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The only dogs I've known have Pano, have been ok within a few weeks, not years :? . Have any of the vets been Ortho-Specialists? If not I would be asking for a referral, as that just doesn't sound right and it's definitely not fair on the poor dog to be suffering for that long.
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It doesn`t sound right to me either but i`m no expert, I`ll flag this to our health member who hopefully will be able to advise you
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Old 28-06-2011, 08:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's very unusual for it to continue that long, but not impossible.

A few questions,

Does it move around, not always the same leg?

Does it disappear on occasions, to reoccur a few days or weeks later?

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its been her left leg mostly and it just switched to her right this past weekend. also, it does dwindle at times where she seems almost back to normal, but its more often that she is in pain.
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Old 28-06-2011, 09:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Its looking like we may have the same thing with Rosezee. She started it when she was about 9 months old, I rested her, then lead walked only until a year, it was when she charged around she seemed to be worse. I knew I was having her hips xrayed at a year and was convinced it was HD, and hen was shocked when she came back with a 5/6 score. I gently introduced her back into exercise and then let her off lead and she has been fine with no signs of a limp whatsoever, until last week, she charged off with her sister and two other pups into the wood and came back out of the wood limping. Resting didnt help, so I took her to the vet and he thinks it could be pano as all joints are fine, its not cruciate which I thought it was this time. He has put her on complete rest (which is hard for a fit 18 month old choccy!)and metacam for a week, then I have to leave off the metacam and gently lead walk her, if she is not better after that week then he wants to xray her lower and and back legs. The only other unusual thing she does is she shuffles around on her bottom, instead of getting up and moving she still sits and shuffles!!

Is this the same...???

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aww sorry no advice but hope you can both find something that helps Roxxy and Rosezee, it must be very hard to see them like that.

I'm sure if there is something that will help John will know.

There is a very good specialist called Graham at East Midlands Referrals or (more expensive) Willows specialist hospital at Solihul, not sure if they could think of some more ways to help?
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All these cases certainly sound like Pano. My experience dates back to my Katy, who was very similar. In those days NSAIDs had not been invented, and the drug of choice then was PLT, which is a corticosteroid drug based on Prednisolone. In dog circles it is known as "Poorly Legs Tablets"!!! But whatever drug you use, I would experiment to find the lowest dose you can give rather than just giving the recommended dose. You may find you can half the dose, or even lower! I remember towards the end of Katy's problem that she started limping at a time when I had run out of PLT and in desperation I gave her just a little piece of white chocolate, which was the same colour as the tablets, AND THE LIMP WENT AWAY!!!! Oh the power of suggestion!!

Pano WILL go eventually, but these is little or nothing you can do to speed it on it's way. All you can do is treat as and when needed. Sorry, there is no "Wonder cure" but it is self limiting and will fade away on it's own when ready.

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Thanks John, thats all the same as my vet said really, someone else suggested Rosezee may have some soft tissue or muscle damage but I guess time will tell on that one.

Rosezee does not yell in pain like Roxxy does. at all.

Good luck with Roxxy, hang on in there, it sounds like it will get better in time.

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thanks everyone for the info.. i deeply appreciate it. Roxy is currently getting a low dose of rimadyl and we have her on the synovial support supplements which is basically glucosomine and fish oil. its just been so long that shes had it and we want to see her up and running, shes in the prime of her life and its not much of a life and she cant be a puppy who runs and plays
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