7 month old rotty limping

by Aimee

hi, i have a 7 month old rottweiler who has got a small limp on her front leg, she doesn’t seem to be in pain and doesn’t favor the other leg and sometimes i can hardly see it.

however i’m scared because i’ve just lost my 6 yr old to bone cancer in the same leg, i’m not sure though if its something silly because she doesn’t stop all day running around and i know you’re not meant to let them have to much exercise but because we have a largish garden it’s hard to stop her.

I am going to take her to the vets if it continues but i just wondered if you had any advise ?


Hi Aimee
I’m sorry to hear that you recently loss your other Rottie so tragically, and I’m sure that makes you nervous and worried about the health of your current puppy.

However, I think the most likely explanation for this intermittent limping in your pup is a condition called Panosteitis (or ‘Pano’). It’s pretty common in large breed pups and is generally self-limiting, meaning the pup grows out of the problem without treatment. You can read all about it on this page… Panosteitis.

I’d recommend having your vet check your puppy out just to be sure that she hasn’t hurt herself running around and that there’s no other reason for her limping, but if she gets a clean bill of health in that respect then I wouldn’t worry too much. Chances are it’s Pano and unless it becomes very severe (in which case your vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication) she will grow out of it in time.

Hope this puts your mind at rest. Best of luck with your pup.

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Apr 03, 2012

Limp NEW
by: Ged Whopples

Our little Jess is 10 months old now, she limped badly on her rear end, I asked the vet who could have offered xrays, drugs etc, instead he said to leave her for a few weeks to see how she went, he suspected puppy pains where the muscle grows faster than the tendons, we had noticed a growth spurt, after about a month of not letting her run loose she seems to have gotten over it, hopefully yours will be the same, all the best

Mar 31, 2012

Thanks NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks everyone- she doesnt seem in any pain so i dont think pain killers are needed, she does seem to be shooting up alot so im sure its nothing but im a worrier, ill give it another week or so then if it gets worse pop her in to be checked x

Mar 30, 2012

Aspirin Administration Warning NEW
by: Christopher Bayhi

While common, aspirin administration MUST be discussed with your vet FIRST. It has potent blood thinning properties and can interfere with other medications and complicate surgeries. While I am not a vet and I am not making any recommendation, my vet recommends buffered aspirin using the following dosage (every 12 hours WITH food):

Less than 10 lbs = ?? baby aspirin 40mg
10-30 lbs = 1 baby aspirin 80mg
30-50 lbs = ?? regular aspirin 162.5mg
50-100 lbs = 1 regular aspirin 325mg
over 100 lbs = 2 regular aspirin 650mg

NEVER give Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), or Naproxen (Aleve) to a dog as these three OTC drugs are highly toxic to dogs even in very small amounts!

Mar 30, 2012

Dont Worry NEW
by: Scott -(Friend of Strider)

Your Rott can have an asprin if you think she needs it but pain isn’t always a bad thing because pain keeps them from hurting themselves more. At seven months your Rottweiler is still growing and has been growing at break-neck speed so growing pains are kind of normal. Pray for her – love her and keep an eye on her try to keep her from rough-housing too much it’ll probably joust go away on it’s own.
If it continues have your vet check her out-

Mar 30, 2012

mine limped too NEW
by: Captain Nancy

Thought it was PANO but it was OCD. He had it for 10 mos. Its gone now, he was growing too fast for the joints to bare the wieght. He was on pain meds for the longest time, but he’s fine now.

Mar 30, 2012

Rotty Limping NEW
by: Christopher Bayhi

You can also ask your vet about a Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplement and Velvet Elk Antler or Velvet Deer Antler supplement. Odds are they will never have heard of the velvet antler supplement, but some people swear by it for relief of joint pain. Others vets think it???s a joke. I can tell you from personal experience that it works wonders for both humans and canines.

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone