German shepherd puppies in Colorado German shepherd import puppies from Germany Working line german shepherd puppies from Germany World class german shepherd puppies German shepherd puppies breeding program World Class German Shepherds Trained German shepherd puppies for sale Trained German shepherd dog for sale German shepherd studs German shepherd dams German shepherd future stars
German shepherd Puppy
Growth Associated Bone problems
Not all lamenesses in young dogs are genetic, nor involve joints:

Panoestitis: Affects any of the long bones with a shifting lameness pattern, one or more legs may be affected at any one time. Growth associated problem. Triggering factor(s) unknown. Affected breeds - most commonly seen in the Doberman, less commonly in the GSD (in Australia).

Age affected: 5-8 months – can be later as well. Males more commonly affected.

Symptoms: Shifting lameness in young dogs with no swelling of growth plates. Affects the long bones of any leg with a shifting lameness pattern, usually only one leg affected at any one time. Pain is exhibited when pressure is applied across the shaft of the affected long bone. Most commonly affected bones are the humerus and femur. X-rays show increased intra-medullary density in the affected long bone.

Treatment: Responds well to rest, the use of low grade anti-inflammatories and antibiotic therapy – ie. its treated the same way as a mild bone infection. Dogs usually improve within a few days, but continue antibiotic therapy for a minimum of 3-6 weeks.

Diet: Ideally, ease off concentrated high protein foods in maintenance level (22-24% protein, 10-14% fat) in order to slow down the rate of weight gain.

Prognosis: Recovery generally excellent with no long term adverse effects. There is no known hereditary component, and affected animals can be used for breeding.
Author: Dr. Hedberg 2010
If you have questions or comments that you would like to share, please EMAIL US.
Please do not use our website to attempt to diagnose or treat your pet. The consultation with your veterinarian is the best source of health advice for your individual pet. You should not rely, on the veterinary advice or any other information provided on this site for the diagnosis or treatment of any specific condition. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the medical condition or general treatment of your pet. Günbil German shepherd dogs, worldclassgsd.com and or Günbil German shepherds, accepts no liability related to the veterinary advice and information provided on this site regarding health matters.
Cobra von Gunbil
GSD Resources
Cesar von Gunbil
For Sale
Logan von Gunbil
Purchase options
Gringo von Gunbil
Dog Food Supplements
Quatro von Gunbil
client and photo gallery
Helpful Links

© 2015 World Class German Shepherd Dogs World Class German Shepherds in Colorado 720.733.0222 World Class German Shepherd on Twitter Puppy Form - Please clcik here! World Class German Shepherds on Facebook 144,888