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Panosteitis in Dogs

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Overview


Panosteitis describes a painful bone disease that generally occurs when a dog is between 5 to 14 months old. Cases of panosteitis can last as long as 18 months, though more commonly it lasts from 2 to 5 months.

It is characterized by lameness that often comes and goes and changes from leg to leg. It is a common problem in several large breed dogs such as:


Treatment


The treatment is symptomatic but the outcome is usually very good. Pain medication and exercise restriction can help to relieve the symptoms.


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