This is Taz, a 9-month-old German Shepard.
Over the Fourth of July, Taz was at a family member's house and played hard with his cousin’s German Shepard puppy. The day after his play date, Taz started limping. His family thought it was because he played so hard, but as the days went on, Taz's limp became worse and his family became really worried, so they took their fur kid to the vet.
Taz's family is on a single person income and didn't have the money saved for an emergency visit to the vet, but knew that their fur kid needed to be seen. While they were at the vet, they applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help. Taz had a full workup at the clinic, and nothing was wrong with him other than Panosteitis, which is basically growing pains.
According to VCA Animal Hospitals: Panosteitis is a condition that affects young, rapidly growing dogs. First symptoms can happen around 2 months or as late as 18 months; but, dogs are usually between 5 and 14 months old – the good news is that panosteitis usually resolves after 2 years old. Males seem to be affected more often than females, although either sex can develop panosteitis. Panosteitis can occur in any breed of dog but larger breeds–German Shepherds (most common), Great Danes, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Basset Hounds–more prone to this problem.
The doctor wants Taz to not play as hard and relax a bit, as well as put him on some anti-inflammatory medication. We are happy to report that Taz is expected to feel better… once he's through his growing stage.
No matter what is happening with your fur kid, at any stage of life, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to call your veterinarian sooner rather than later.
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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