"Panosteitis is a very common condition of long bones in large breeds of young dogs, especially the German shepherd and bassett hound . . . The clinical picture is that of a healthy dog with lameness of acute onset but no history of trauma . . . Gentle palpation along the distal, middle, and proximal areas of long bones may elicit exquisite pain when the involved area is reached, even in stoic animals . . . Radiograpically, the disease may be separated into three stages [early, middle and late phases] . . . There are three clinical problems we see: obesity, consequences of the all-meat diet, and over supplementation in large and giant breeds of dogs . . . " — Excerpts of pages 715-720 from Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair by Donald Piermattei, Gretchen Flo, and Charles DeCamp (W.B. Saunders, 1997)


Panosteitis is a condition of which we wish to make our puppy owners aware. Our local vet kindly gave us copies of pages from his clinical reference book to help dog owners better understand what panosteitis is, how it occurs, how to recognize it, and what can be done to repair it.


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