German Shepherd Dog > Limp on front leg... Update (24 replies)

by wollypog6 on 23 November 2009 - 23:11

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Took Orson in to the vet today to get to the bottom of the limp he's had for the last 2 weeks. Took X-rays of both front legs and found no defects or Pano. Vet says elbows look perfect and figures his limp is most likely a soft tissue injury in his wrist. No free running or jumping for 1 week and she figures he should be good as new. 8 months old today and he weighed 92lbs. Vet says he has no "extra" weight on him and to keep doing what we are, and he will stop growing whenever he's done. He might be "too big" but we still love him, and he makes me laugh everyday!

by JRANSOM on 23 November 2009 - 23:11

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I had a sets of x-rays done on my pup and when he was no better I took him back and my dogs doctor did another set and she saw pano.  So, one vet might not see it but another can.  Either way, if it is pano it will go away in its own time.  As long as he's eating and drinking normally, just let him rest.    JM2C

by shepherdpal on 24 November 2009 - 01:11

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What a relief  hear that there are no defects. Hopefully with a little rest he will be fine. Hard to keep a pup from running and juimping though. My boy is 7 months and a little smaller at 75 pounds  and has a bit of Pano that flares up for a day or so.

by Turk on 24 November 2009 - 02:11

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I'd like to toot my own horn here - I was the one who sai it was a soft tissue sprain.  Pano normally presents itself on both sides.  I'll leave room for error here on a misdiagnosis because my pup was misdiagnosed twice.  I used ascription, 1 tablet per day crushed in the food with my pup and it helped her. 

by JRANSOM on 24 November 2009 - 03:11

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My pups pano was only in his hind left leg and that was all.  Once it was gone in that leg it never came back.  Fingers crossed it doesn't show up again.  Really strange though that he had it at 10 weeks.  He was really big boned though.
It lasted for aprox. 3-4 weeks.  Since then, no problems.

 

by Oskar1 on 24 November 2009 - 08:11

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Wollypooq,
thanks for the update, I am reliefed to hear that it seems "only" a tissue injury. At least now you have a peace of mind.
All the best
Ulli

by urry on 24 November 2009 - 09:11

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Thats good to hear when my boy was a pup the pano ran through every leg but hes now 11 and since the was a youngster no problems

by Keith Grossman on 24 November 2009 - 12:11

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Inasmuch as the cause of pano in unknown, how does a vet diagnose it with an x-ray?

Turk, pano doesn not necessarily present itself on both sides; one of the hallmarks of the condition is that the lameness often shifts from leg to leg as the pup grows.

by JRANSOM on 24 November 2009 - 13:11

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Keith,
My vet pressed his leg bone up and down the whole leg a few times until she got to the spot that caused him pain.  Did the same to the opposite leg and got no response.  So on the x-rays in the spot that was causing him pain there was a little shadow of what looked like a thumb print on the bone.  That's what she was looking at.

by Keith Grossman on 24 November 2009 - 13:11

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My vet, a recognized ortho surgeon here in the midwest, did the same thing albeit without the x-ray.

by shepherdpal on 24 November 2009 - 13:11

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pano does not necessarily present itself on both sides; one of the hallmarks of the condition is that the lameness often shifts from leg to leg as the pup grow


This what my vet said too. she said if is suddenly changes legs it is a indication of pano

by Turk on 24 November 2009 - 14:11

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I'm a novice so I try to choose my words carefully.  I need to clairify - I said pano NORMALLY presents itself on both sides meaning shifts from one side to the other.  I didn't mean it occurs in both sides at the same time.

I'm glad Orson is doing well - he's a big boy at 92lbs - wow!

by SitasMom on 25 November 2009 - 04:11

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someone in our club has a dog that started limping for no appearant reason. after visits to 3 different vet's, they found that one leg grew slightly longer then the other and the dog has a natural limp. the dog is not in any pain. can do all Schutzhund work very nicely but will never be used as a stud.

by hodie on 26 November 2009 - 01:11

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 Keith,

Indeed a dog with pano MAY very well have specific differences on x-ray in the long bone. See here.......

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving.

by VomMarischal on 26 November 2009 - 04:11

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That picture looks PAINFUL.  No wonder. Does anybody have a medium sized dog that got it? My girl's brother did when he was about 10 months, but he eventually topped out at 105. I'm wondering if normal sized dogs get it. 

by JRANSOM on 26 November 2009 - 04:11

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VomMarischal,

Like I've said, my puppy got pano at 10 weeks old!  He was really big boned and it was so painful for him that he wouldn't eat or drink.   He was put on Tramadol and then at least he would eat and drink.  The Pano lasted for about 1 month.  Sad to see him limping around and on top of that he fractured his 2 front toes on the opposite side!   So, crate rest for a good while.  Get out for bathroom breaks and a little fresh air but that is about it.  He is as good as new now at 8 months and you'd never know there was ever anything wrong. 

by VomMarischal on 26 November 2009 - 04:11

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JRANSOM, did he turn out big or normal? 

by JRANSOM on 26 November 2009 - 05:11

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Right now he is almost 25 inches and weighs 65 lbs. last time I weighed him about 10 days ago.
He is very lean.  He totally surpasses my 21month old female.  Although she seems tiny to me at 53 lbs.  She looks bigger than 53 lbs. 

by Prager on 27 November 2009 - 04:11

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I'd rather have a pano on my dog than soft tissue injury. Pano is self limiting. Torn tendon needs surgery.
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by steve1 on 27 November 2009 - 07:11

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Prager beat me to it Yes, i woukd ratherva Pup have Pano than a soft tissue injury That can be put right but can also flare up at different times More so if you want the Dog for working in a Sport, However i hope it heals quick and stays away
Steve1

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