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06-01-2009, 08:59 PM
After reviewing Shooter's medical records and discussing his leg issue with the lady I got him from it appears the he may be suffering from Panosteitis. He was diagnosed with this as a puppy in Nov 07. I forgot about this in my earlier posts. I have read a little about this condition, but I would like to hear from some of you that may have first hand experience with this condition. Shooter is now 2 and he is still having problems with walking. Sometimes he does great and then other times he will start ok, but will slow to a crawl. No limping just lagging behind. I welcome any help with this issue. Thanks

06-01-2009, 10:24 PM
hmmm...panosteitis can often be a "looks like this" diagnosis. (often incorrectly called "growing pains" in puppies, it literally means " inflammation of entire bone") such conditions like OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans) can often be misdiagnosed as panosteitis in young dogs, due it's rarity. (as we say in the medical field, when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras!)

it may present itself radiographically similar to panosteitis as well. by the age of 2, most medium-sized breeds have their growth plates stop growing (located in the epiphyseal plates on the long bones)

if what your vet had you give for Panosteitis isn't working anomore (most likely rest & Rimadyl), a visit to your vet, and even possibly an referal to a veterinary orthopedist, may be in order.

here are some websites that may help you understand...







06-01-2009, 10:47 PM
Thanks for the info. I will check out the links. Shooter wasw diagnosed by another vet when he lived with the lady I got him from. When I took him to my vet for a thorough physical exam, he found nothing obviously wrong. We didn't do xrays at the time because there didn't seem to be a need for them. I was in the room when the exam was done and the vet was very thorough. He checked all joints, leg bones and spine and Shooter showed no indications of pain. From what I have read Pano should be gone by age 2. I can't really afford to spend alot of money exploring endless possibilities with vet costs so high. What I know is Shooter is
slow to get up off the floor, occasionally walks real slow, and his left front leg seems to bother him. I have reduced the amount of activity in hopes of this getting better, but I have no idea how long he needs to get healthy. I have never had a 2 year old dog with these kinds off problems and its a little frustrating to have a young dog that should be full of spit and vineger be in this condition. All the other ACD I encounter are raring to go. I just hope this ends soon. Thanks for the help.

06-01-2009, 11:04 PM
i do wish you the very best with Mr. Shooter! i sometimes forget how expensive veterinary specialists can be-

what about ruling out any rickettsial diseases, such as ehrlicia, babesia (now mycoplasma canis), or lyme's disease?


06-02-2009, 01:11 PM
I've gone through this same kind of thing with my Rotties. Pano and OCD is very common in that breed. Have you had any e-rays done? Could this be elbow dysplasia? Both dysplasia and OCD can be seen on e-ray.
I agree that vet cost can be hard on the old pocketbook- I thank the stars for my vet! I would get at least 1 good e-ray, since this is an on-going thing. It is really not natural for this breed to be acting in this matter. I've never had any problems with Heelers (other than injuries from their zoomies) but with Rottweilers- I've only had 2 dogs that didn't have joint problems- and I've had A LOT of Rotties. BTW- I've never had surgery done for OCD- it goes away on its on.

06-02-2009, 08:59 PM
What is an e-ray? He had xrays done as a puppy and thats when they diagnosed him with Pano. The lady I got him from said he grew real fast and that may be the cause of his condition.

06-03-2009, 11:53 AM
What is an e-ray? He had xrays done as a puppy and thats when they diagnosed him with Pano. The lady I got him from said he grew real fast and that may be the cause of his condition.

e-ray- That means I can't type! Sorry:roll1:

06-03-2009, 09:07 PM
No problem. I kinda figured thats what happened. Shooter did a little better today on our walk. If this keeps up I will take him in for some more xrays. Thanks