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Panosteitis in 17 month old BC???

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Hello there everyone,

 

I am at my wits end on this situation and I am hoping someone can shed some light...

 

I have a 30 pound, 18" BC female. She came up lame on the front end at about 10 months....and we have been trying to figure this out.

 

The lameness switches sides, always on the front, but sometimes left and sometimes right.

 

She has been x-rayed for OCD by a specialist and there are no issues at all, joints are perfectly clean.

 

No muscle issues as far as torn or tight muscles. She did have a torn tricep but that has been rehabbed and has not been reinjured.

 

One person suggested Pano...but I am thinking, in a 17 month old dog?

 

Tick Borne Illness came back negative on all accounts (sent off, not snap test)

 

Not sure where to go next. I can't do anything with her other than walks and swiming...thought of looking into an equine vet that specilizes in lameness....but just not sure what else I can do. Any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated!

 

Thanks!

Loretta Mueller

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I know you said you had her tested but I'd be treating her for TBD's anyways. Can't hurt and you can stop if you see no improvement!

Mick was daig with Pano when he was young but it wasn't, it was TBD's that took another 6 months or so to get a real diag.

One vet even x-rayed and they said he had a broken leg...but it was a perfect picture of a growth plate that was just starting to close.

I also think 17 months is old for pano but not a vet and not sure....

Good luck, I know how you feel.

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Is it intermittent or continual? Like Kristen said, I'd treat with Doxy (TBD) with the appropriate dosage for at least a month and see what happens. If there is improvement then keep her on it and understand that it could/most likely is a TBD.

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It's the part about it switching legs that would have me treating with Doxy.

 

I also had an LGD down in AR. Intermittent lameness on both front legs. Was getting ready to catch and haul him in when I asked about Doxy. We treated for a week to see what happened and poof, it was gone. We continued to treat for a month after.

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this may be way off the mark but here goes.... my bc was coming up lame, first on one leg then the other. it was really weird. i would check her legs and shoulders, no response. i finally looked at the pads of her feet. she had blistered pads from herding on hard dirt. all those fast turns, spins, etc had given her little blisters. they were hard to see at first becuase of the color of her feet. she healed up nicely and i imagine she has some "callous'" now.

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Its possible it could be pano...the vet I work for said its possible for dogs to get it up to 5yrs old (allthough rare at that age). Has the vet checked for any signs of pano? Typically the long bones are very painful if squeezed (humerus and femur). Most dogs he checks it on will react to him squeezing there, but couldn't care less about him squeezing other bones in the legs. Apparently you can sometimes see it on x-rays as well (but I'm not sure what you'd be looking for).

My dog has had issues with both feet in her toes (damaging them by how rough she is with her feet), and her pads getting blisters from skidding along the ground.

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X-ray her feet. I went through this with Tweed for a couple of years until my latest vet diagnosed him with sesamoiditis. The itty bitty bones in his feet were compromised. We resolved it with prolotherapy. He would switch sides with the limp because when his foot was sore, he'd use the other leg more heavily and then he'd strain the other one in time to go back to the leg with the bad foot and repeat the process. Two other vets had never seen or heard of it, but my vet diagnosed it in less than 5 minutes. We took x-rays to confirm. He's sound as a bell now.

 

RDM

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Thanks everyone,

 

No blisters or cracks in her feet :rolleyes: I wish that was the case though!

 

I will have them x-ray her feet to check for things...someone also privately mentioned ultrasounding...

 

I was thinking of putting her on doxy as well as a "check"..will call my vet about that Monday for sure!

 

Thanks and keep the ideas coming!

 

Loretta

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I would do Doxy as well. I have a dog that at about that same age came up lame in one front leg and we xrayed, rested, meds, etc. Pano was one of the possibilities discussed as he'd sometimes be lame on another leg too. We tested for Lyme (this was about 6 years ago, before the SNAP test) and he was neg. I did Doxy anyway and that's what made him better. Now I think TBD before anything else.

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For those of you who put your dogs on Doxy...how long did it take before you saw a difference in the dogs symptoms?

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Took a bit longer for us but within a week you could see a huge difference. Make sure you give the doxy with food. it helps the upset tummy effects.

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Stay with the Doxy for one more week. It's been 6 days now right? What's her weight and what dosage is she on?

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