Panosteitis in the Basset Hound
Panosteitis is an ailment that is seen occasionally in the Basset Hound. It is also known as a wandering or transient lameness. It is a bone disease characterized by bone proliferation and remodeling. The condition is associated with many large breed dogs such as German Shepherds, Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, etc. The problem for me lies in the fact that many veterinarians do not associate a Basset Hound with this ailment when, in fact, panosteitis is quite common in the breed.
The biggest concern with that for me is the misdiagnosis of some Basset Hounds, when they are experiencing Panosteitis. A wrong diagnosis could result in unnecessary surgery. You should always mention the possibility of panosteitis to your veterinarian before agreeing to surgery for a condition such as elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, and other more serious conditions. An X-ray is the first thing you need to do to rule out injury due to some type of trauma.
Panosteitis is a self-limiting condition that can begin between 6 and 18 months, but usually resolves on its own by treating symptoms with pain relievers such as Rymadyl or even buffered aspirin and anti-inflammatories by the time they are two years old. When your Basset Hound is having an outbreak of Panosteitis, he will have a moderate to severe limp. It usually comes and goes and changes from one leg to the other. You should limit your activities while taking pain relievers. The pain reliever can give your dog a false sense of well-being and make it even worse. Panosteitis is more common in young male dogs than females.
It is ideal to crate your puppy while dealing with this ailment.
The box should be large enough so that they can comfortably stand, stretch, and turn. During walks and bathroom breaks, help him up and down stairs. Do not allow him to jump on furniture. If you want it in bed with you … Pick it up!
There are many theories as to why certain breeds can develop this, although none have been proven. Because the disease appears constantly in certain breeds, it is very likely that there is a genetic link. One thing is for sure. Feeding a large breed dog an extremely high protein food causes them to grow faster, which can have an impact on your puppy’s development. Panosteitis is often referred to as “growing pains.” Growing up too fast is not always good.
Panosteitis is a problem for our large breed puppies, but once you have seen a vet and know that this is what you are treating, you can find comfort in the fact that it will resolve on its own and your puppy should not have a persistent or long-term side. effects of the condition. Treat the symptoms, keep him comfortable while restricting his movements, and give him lots of love and attention. This stage of your development will pass and you should be perfectly fine.