Just wanted to share our brief story. Our dog jess 1.5 year old female started showing signs of being ill. She was very lethargic, low energy and not being interested in her food. After a few days things got worse and decided to take her to the vet. After all her blood work came back clean, and her stool was well formed the doctor was baffled. She then started squeezing jess' hind legs and jess whimpered. It turns out she has 'panosteitis' also known as 'growing pains'. Its a common condition in younger dogs of larger breeds. The good thing is they grow out of it, and she was given anti inflammatory medicine to help. I'm happy to report that by this morning she was starting to get back to her usual self, and is doing great. For those of you with younger dogs on the board this is worth a read and that way if your dog starts showing signs you know what it is.
Since I am a 1st time GSP owner, I'm still learning - at what age do they typically stop growing and are considered an adult?
My previous dogs were English Springer Spaniels and I lost one at age 9 due to kidney failure and then lost the other one a year later to cancer (she was 11). After these 2 devastating losses only a year apart I was determined to find a healthy breed with minimal issues. I watched a lot of "Dogs 101" episodes to try and find a good "all around" dog with minimal health issues and that's when I decided to go with the GSP. And let me just say that I could not be happier!! Archer and Zoe are wonderful dogs! They are smart and both have beautiful temperments. Of course since they are only 14 months old they are a little rambuncious and due occassionally get in trouble .
I don't know how it relates to GSPs, but my understanding of Pano with Dobes is that it occurs earlier on - 4 to 6 months of age - and isn't at all likely at a year of age.
A friend and fellow volunteer's 1 yr. plus Dobe started limping on one leg. The vet diagnosed Pano. Then he started limping on both legs and was almost completely down in the rear. The vet then suspected Lyme.
Finally saw an emergency vet specialist who within 5 minutes diagnosed two cranial cruciate ligament tears and a torn meniscus. He just had bilateral surgery and is on the road to recovery.