Big Puppy In Pain

Junior was 16 weeks old when I began to notice some alarming changes to his behavior and movement.  Over the course of a few days, I observed my once silly, playful mastiff puppy become less and less interested in playing.

Starting on Saturday at Puppy Socialization class, I noticed him sitting back more from the other puppies and preferring to watch them rather than get in the middle and play as he had done during previous classes.  He was so laid back that afternoon that a few of the other puppy owners in class asked if he was “always so calm?”  I laughed it off in that moment, but over the next couple days, the changes in his movement proved this was no laughing matter.

On Sunday I found myself having to really work to get Junior to either want to play or to get up from a sitting or lying position. In typical mastiff fashion, he never complained, but I could see he was in pain.  The movement in his rear legs was clearly off to me.  Something was terribly wrong!

After a trip to Junior’s vet and consulting with Junior’s breeder, after ruling out other possible causes such as an injury, both agreed the most likely cause of Junior’s sudden lameness was Panosteitis.   “Pano…what” you ask?

Panosteitis Xray Image


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What Is Panosteitis?

Panosteitis, or Pano as it is often referred, is a self-limiting and very painful condition in the long bones of young dogs (between 4-18 months of age).  While it is most common in large and giant breed dogs, it can occur in smaller breeds as well.  Pano is caused by too rapid growth of the long bones which leads to inflammation.

This inflammation can affect one or more of the dog’s legs, most commonly in the front, but also in the rear, making it very painful for the dog to move.  The most common symptoms are limping and soreness due to the inflammation deep within the bone.  Some dogs can also exhibit, fever, depression, weight loss, and anorexia, or in severe cases left untreated, atrophy of the muscles due to lack of use.

If you suspect your puppy might have panosteitis, you should get a formal diagnosis (usually with an x-ray) from your veterinarian first.  There are other things that would cause the same symptoms, like elbow dysplasia or a shoulder problem, or OCD.  There are times to save money on a vet – this is not one of them.  Please listen to your veterinarian and follow his/her recommendation.

Diagnosis = Panosteitis

If Pano is the diagnosis, the following is a nutritional formula that has been used within the mastiff community for many, many years with tremendous success.  It has been used both as a preventative and a treatment once a puppy starts showing symptoms of Pano.

NOTE:  I will say again that this formula DOES NOT take the place of the advice of your veterinarian.  I provide it as an adjunct to, not a replacement for, qualified medical advice.

Panosteitis “Pano” Formula (via Patty Groppeti)

The following ingredients should be mixed together in their entirety and fed once a day over food. **Write down the date you start so you can track your puppy’s improvement**

“I fed Patty’s Pano Recipe to [puppy] when he was a youngster – after six months of Pano and trying everything else – it took a whole seven days to see a 100% improvement. Coincidence? I think not. I was impressed – still am!!!”

“We had it here pretty bad.  We started Patty’s formula and I think it took about 8 days but haven’t had a problem since.  It does work!”

“…if you do get Pano in your puppy, [this is a] nutritional formula passed down to me from another Mastiff breeder of many years, that really works well to cure this problem, and usually in just a week or so.  I have tried probably every cure there is and find this formula to be above and beyond all others in results!”

Alfalfa Tablets (500mg) – Original recipe calls for 15, however, I use 5-10 (use fewer if stronger than 500mg)

Alfalfa contains Saponin, which may have some anti-inflammatory properties.  Additional research in baby chicks have showed that saponins appear to be partly responsible for a decreased growth rate in those chicks fed alfalfa.

Cod Liver Oil – 2 Tsp

One of nature’s richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) which have natural anti-inflammatory properties.  Cod Liver Oil is also an excellent source of vitamin D which plays an essential role in health bone metabolism, and a great source of vitamin A, an important antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress thereby inflammation levels.

Wheat Germ Oil – 2 TBSP

Wheat germ makes up about 2.5% of the wheat kernel, but is packed with nutrients.  It is high in octacosanol which helps to enhance endurance, performance and reaction time during physical activity.  Wheat germ is also a wonderful source of vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids, such as omega-3, which have strong anti-inflammatory properties.  Studies have shown wheat germ oil helpful in reducing pain in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis through its anti-inflammatory action.

Lecithin Granules – 1 Tsp

Lecithin is important for the functioning of a key neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which helps nerves communicate and muscles to move.  It is a source of an essential micronutrient, choline.  Choline plays a role in methylation, a process which affects every cell in the body (create DNA, nerve signaling, detoxification).

Yogurt (plain) – 4 TBSP

Yogurt contains calcium and probiotics.  Calcium, together with adequate levels of vitamin D, play a major role in increasing bone density and supporting overall skeletal health.  Many brands of yogurt contain the good bacterium, lactobacillus acidophilus.  L. acidophilus is key to your digestion of dairy products and produces vitamin K, which is essential to proper blood clotting and bone formation and repair.

Egg – 1 (RAW, minus shell)

World Health Organization uses the egg as the standard for evaluating protein quality in other foods.  Free-range eggs are high in omega 3’s and choline which decrease inflammation.  Eggs are one of the few natural sources of collagen when uncooked.  Collagen provides joint and connective tissue support, increases range of motion, and decreases pain and stiffness.

Junior Big Puppy Gaiting - 5 Months

Nutrition And Panosteitis

So, I am sure at this point you are wondering what happened with Junior.  How is he doing now since his diagnosis?

The day I spoke with Junior’s vet and breeder, I switched Junior’s diet from raw to a lower protein kibble and started Patty’s recipe.  I could see improvement the next day with his movement and playfulness and within 3 days he looked like a new dog!

While I am a FIRM believer in a raw diet and have fed raw for many years to Sulley with no issues, I surmised Junior’s issues were due to the chicken in his diet.  Chicken is extremely high in Omega 6 fatty acids and is a pro-inflammatory meat. The exact opposite of what I should have been feeding him, especially when he was in pain. [READ: Natural Pain Relief for Dogs: 5 Supplements You MUST Try!]

Junior comes from a line of huge boned mastiffs, many of whom suffered with pano, so I plan on keeping Junior on Patty’s formula until he is a year old as a preventative.

*For more information on raw feeding big dogs, please read:

Your Experience with Panosteitis

I would love to hear about your experience with pano.  What treatments have you tried and what were the results?  Have you tried Pattys pano recipe?  Tell me what you think in the comments below.  Please also consider sharing this if you feel it could help other big dog owners you know.

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Panosteitis Cured Nutritionally. A Proven Pano Recipe For All Big Dogs! ultima modifica: 2017-04-27T21:26:01+00:00 da BigDogMom
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