Does My Dog Have Panosteitis?



Panosteitis is a bone disease which usually affects large breed dogs between the ages of 6 and 18 months.

What Is Panosteitis?

Panosteitis, or “puppy limp” as it is commonly called, is a bone disease which usually affects large breed dogs between the ages of 6 and 18 months.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Panosteitis?

The first sign of panosteitis might be nothing more than a slight limp or other subtle change in the way your dog walks. However, a limp may be a sign of injury or another more serious disease. A few simple observations will help you to better diagnose your dog’s condition.

If your dog has been injured, his pain will be limited to the injured area. But with panosteitis, the pain can move from limb to limb with no apparent cause. If your dog favors his right front leg one day, but then begins to exhibit pain in his left rear leg the next day, panosteitis is a likely cause.

Another way of checking for panosteitis is to gently squeeze the limb which your dog is favoring and observe his reaction. Don’t squeeze in the joint area, because pain there would indicate a cause other than panosteitis. Apply pressure to the leg in a place between the joints where the least fatty tissue covers the bone. If the dog shows tenderness in this area, it is likely that he has panosteitis.

What Is The Treatment For Panosteitis?

Your vet can treat panosteitis by prescribing pain relievers, and the disease usually runs its course in 2-5 months with no further treatment. The best news is that there are rarely any lasting effects or permanent damage to your pet.