KitKat, on 9th Nov 2008 - 11:40 PM, said:
kamuzz, on 9th Nov 2008 - 08:27 PM, said:
laneka, on 9th Nov 2008 - 08:18 PM, said:
Peter, some Rottweilers do suffer from growing pains, can't remember the proper name either. This normally happens in the rapid growth period and is normally over by the time the dog is 12 months old. As I said normally, there are exceptions to the rule. I use glucosamine and fish oil, on youngsters and oldies.
Sounds like you are thinking of panosteitis
I was just going to suggest Pano
My Bronx's brother had it...unfortunately his owners vet was telling them he needed to have elbow surgery at $3000 to start - unfortuantely they wouldn't listed to the breeder or myself or even get a second opinion
But knowing his diet, activity levels etc...i wasn't surprised and pretty much through of pano straight away - breeder said the same after finding out the info i had re his diet etc.
Peter - what are you diet have you got your pup on?
Panosteitis that's it, that is what the vet suspected....
Just looking on the net, and the symptoms indicate that the affected bone would be painful if squeezed. This is not the case with Gilly, you can poke / prod / squeeze / flex till the cows come home and he has no issue with this.
He is not reluctant to move around, infact he actively encourages my GSD to play, and whines when I take the GSD out with out him.
It was spontaneous, with nothing obvious to explain what caused his limp, and when I took him for a short walk yesterday, he would literally limp then not then limp then not. If he were human, I would almost be convinced he was bunging it on for a compo claim or something
At this stage, I am looking at sending my GSD to my parents for a few days to get Gilly to settle down and see what happens, the NSAIDs seem to have little effect since starting them on Friday night.
The next step from the vet is a course of Cartophen.
His diet thus far has been (and I may cop some flak, but I have always fed commercial like PAL to all my prievious dogs until I started learning, then switched to Supercoat... so bear with me...)
Was Chicken back with 2 scoops of Supercoat Puppy
800g Concoction of Chicken Pet Mince, Black and Gold frozen veggie mix, sardines, eggs, supercoat puppy and until recently rice / pasta.
I have changed his evening meals to 600g of Supercoat Puppy, and in the mornings he alternates between Frames, and 500gm of the above mix. I switched to Supercoat as the base cause I am worried that he is not getting the right calcium / phosphorus balance. I am now looking at the more "premium' foods like Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy, Royal Canin etc. Bonnie has even been suggested, but there is little info on their site.
Is it possible to give them too much Glucosamine or Chondroiton? If I feed them Eukanuba, this has the two already in it, would it be excessive if I were to include some Joint Guard or Pernaease?
He appears fine other wise, he is happy, shiny smooth coat, 54cm at the back and 37.8kgs...
He does have me worried though the little beggar...
This post has been edited by vk2mpj: 10 November 2008 - 05:43 PM