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Panosteitis Help!

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I bought my first Basset last August. I did research the breed but haven't heard of Pano til today.

Owen, the basset, is 10 months old. Last Saturday he started limping and refused food and water morning and night. We took him to the e-vet and he was given sub q fluids and we were told to take him to the regular vet Monday if he didn't improve. He weighed 48.7lbs.

Monday he still hadn't eaten or drank anything and we went back to the vet. She did x-rays and a rectal exam. Removed a piece of cow hoof he had broken off and swallowed. His tummy and intestines were all full of air, so he was given Flagyl. The vet said she thought the limping was a hurt knee from maybe playing with our American Bulldog and/or American Pit Bull Terrier and she gave him Tramadol for pain. She said his knee was in place and the ligaments looked great for a Basset. He was also put on boiled hamburger and rice and given more sub q fluids.

Tuesday he ate a bit and then refused food Wednesday and Thursday. called the vet Thursday and she advised taking him off the pain meds to see if that helped. It did not.

Today we went back in and saw a different vet thats part of the practice. she did another couple x-rays, said she saw no signs of obstruction in his abdomen. However, she said she sees some mottling in his thigh bone and she thinks its Panosteitis. He was given a new med for pain and a new med to make his tummy better and another round of sub q.

He has lost so much weight, a total of 8lbs this week and I am worried sick. Plus he seems so miserable! he's not even barking out the days events when the hubby comes home or barking at strange sounds. Its eerie, this quiet. Any suggestions how to get him through this and how to get him to eat his burger and rice? Never thought this boy would refuse food...ever. I am considering taking small amounts and putting it in his mouth til he chews and swallows.
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Hi! This is what I gathered from Bone Diseases Explained ?

".......Panosteitis is a bone disease most commonly found in young large breeds of dogs (6-18 months) and can last as long as 18 months, though the average is 2 to 5 months. Pano is a condition where the bones remodel and proliferate (growth by the rapid multiplication of parts). Dogs affected display lameness that will come and go and can change from leg to leg. The cause for this debilitating disease is, similar to the other bone diseases mentioned here, unknown. Also similar to other some other bone diseases, male dogs are much more likely to develop panosteitis than female dogs are. Certain breeds have displayed higher chances in developing Pano including Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, German Sheperds, Labrador Retrievers, Basset Hounds and Rottweilers..."

I hope this can enlighten you on the important points of the condition. :)
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