Panosteitis is a common bone disease in
dogs. It manifests with
sudden, otherwise unexplained lameness, usually between 5 and 14 months
of age. Fever, weight
loss, and lethargy can also be seen. The cause is unknown. Diagnosis is
made by pain on palpation of the long bones of the limbs.
X-rays may show an
increased density in the
medullary cavity of the affected bones. Pain medication can help to
relieve the symptoms, and the lameness usually goes away eventually
without additional treatment. Larger breeds, such as
German Shepherd Dogs, are more prone to this problem.
This is also referred to as eosinophilic panosteitis, enostosis, endosteal
proliferation of new bone, and eopan.
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