Dogs that are in a rapid growth spurt can often suffer with growing pains, and this usually happens between the ages of 5 months and 12 months, although it can happen earlier or later depending on the breed. Moreover, growing pains is usually associated with larger breeds, or breeds that have large bone structure, like Great Danes, or German Shepherds. Therefore, in this article today we will be taking a closer look at what some of the problems can be that are caused by growth spurts during this rapid growth stage.
Panosteitis or Pano for short, are growing pains usually found in the mid to large sized breeds, and it is basically growing pains, and there can be a wide variety of symptoms. However, some are more serious than others, like limping, or shifting lameness from one leg to another, loss of appetite, fever, weakness, a reluctance to perform anything energetic like exercise and even whimpering or whining when rising or being touched. However, Pano is easily diagnosed and can be easily manageable with the guidance from your veterinarian. Therefore, if you notice any of these signs be sure to make an appointment with your vet, so he can be checked out early on.
Keep in mind, that Panosteitis is usually present more in males than in females, and it is unsure why, because females can suffer from this too. However, it is just more common in male dogs. Moreover, Panosteitis is quite a painful inflammatory condition that often needs easy treatment, like giving him plenty of rest and cutting down on his activity until it passes.
In addition, your vet may need to give your pet some medication for their pain. However, most cases of Pano resolve themselves over time, and the dog doesn’t usually suffer any long term effects. Finally, it is always better to stick to whatever guidance the vet gives you, as their treatment plans will be tailored to fit your own pets specific needs.