5/6 month old Rottweiler pup limping

Hey there,
I have a female rotti pup nearly 6 months old, at about 4 months I noticed a bit of limping to one night wake up to her screaming on the floor not able to put any weight on her front leg and me not able to touch it, we made her rest for about a week and made sure she didn't jump and so, after a while it got better.

But i've been noticing she is limping again specifically after she wakes up and she can also what seems to be can't keep her weight on her front legs for to long even sitting she will lay down and then stand up again like she can't hold herself for that long.

So I was just wondering if this is normal or not normal for a rottie pup
Thank you p.s I took her to a vet when she hurt it and he said just to rest her so I'm not sure...

What you describe sounds very much like 'Pano' to me. It's inflammation of the bone, usually in the front leg/s and occurs most often in large or giant breed puppies.

It generally shows up somewhere between 6 and 18 months (although it can happen earlier) and is self-limiting - ie it eventually disappears without treatment. It's the most common cause of what are often referred to as 'growing pains' in puppies. I'd recommend that you read this page on my site as it has all the information you need.. Panosteitis.

However, occasionally a pup will need some sort of treatment if the pain is severe or debilitating, and your vet will be able to help if you feel that's necessary for your pup.

Of course, this is only one possibility, there are others and your puppy could have injured herself, or have another type of bone/joint problem. Only your vet can really determine that by a process of elimination. I'd recommend a trip back to the vet if this continues or you're concerned.

Best of luck with your Rottweiler pup, with luck she will outgrow this and I hope she's doing much better soon.

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Jan 20, 2012
5/6 month old Rottweiler pup limping NEW
by: Christopher Bayhi

You can try a lower protein food (21%). Food high in grains have a higher percentage of protein. Many Grate Dane breeders recommend food that is about 21% protein because of Pano which is common in large and giant breeds. You can also try a Glucosamine and Chondrotin supplement or Velvet Elk Antler (you can find reputable dealers on-line or you might find it in a health food store). Yes, it may seem strange, but I can tell you from personal experience that VEA works. I tore the ACL and PCL in both knees, took the supplement during physical therapy and cut the recovery time in half! I have also given it to GSD with moderate hip dysplasia in the past, and have seen much improvement in their quality of life.

Please DO NOT use Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), or Naproxen (Aleve) for pain management as these are very toxic to dogs even in low doses. Please check with your veterinarian about the use of aspirin or other drugs for pain management and any supplements to make sure they’re not toxic for your pooch.

While at the vet you may want to speak with him/her about the possibility of a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and arthritis. ACL tears are common in Rottweilers, usually because of an over strenuous workout, but also sometimes due to a congenital defect.

Hope your little girl gets to feeling better soon!

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