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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Panosteitis


The joys of owning a Bulldog are many BUT the health problems we have had to deal with are crazy!  I swear we go to the vet at least once a month.  This time it was to get B's rear right leg checked out as he would limp on it after spending time running around at the beach.  What did we find out?  He has Panosteitis! 

What is Panotsteitis?  It is an acquired inflammatory condition of unknown origin affecting the long bones of large and giant breeds of dogs. The condition affects male dogs more frequently than females. It causes pain and leg lameness for the dog and the problem will often shift from limb to limb. The condition affects the long bones found in the hind and forelimbs of the dog, especially the ulna, femur, humerus, radius, and tibia. Panosteitis affects puppies between the ages of 5 and 12 months. Panosteitis causes the marrow cavities of the long bones to become inflamed.

So now on top of the salmon oil we give him to keep his shedding in check we will be adding a joint supplement to the mix once a day and will have to keep him pretty mellow for 4-6 weeks.  Our vet prescribed Glyco-Flex Stage 3 which is formulated for dogs with abnormal joint conditions, he also uses this supplement for his Lab. 

People really aren't kidding when they say that getting a dog is great practice for when you have kids :)

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