my rottie is 9 month and been limping

by sonia mann
(stroudsburg p.a.)

my rottie has been limping for a week now…he limping on his left front leg… about last 2 month it was his right paw.. now it’s the left.

he runs and jump and plays with other dogs but when i walk him he’s limping on that front leg… any advice.

Hi Sonia
First of all I’d recommend that you have your Rottie examined by your veterinarian because it’s important to rule out an injury or serious health issue.

There are all sorts of reasons for a puppy (or dog) to limp, including sprain/strains/fractures/torn ligaments/arthritic changes and so on. It’s impossible to say for sure what’s causing your pup to limp without a hands-on exam.

However, if your vet finds no injury or sign of degenerative joint problems, I would guess that your Rottie pup could be suffering from something called ‘Pano’.

Basically it’s inflammation of the bone, and it causing pain, lameness (ie limping) and sometimes swelling. Large and giant breed puppies are at most risk and it usually appears after the pup is 6 months old, and shows up in the front legs first.

The good news is that it’s usually a self-limiting condition, which means that most puppies grow out of it – often without treatment. But for severe cases your vet may prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications.

You can learn more about this condition on my Panosteitis page.

BUT please do make sure your Rottweiler sees a veterinarian to rule out other conditions or problems. Best of luck, hope he’s doing much better soon.

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Mar 11, 2015

limping NEW
by: Dre 18 month male

Hi my rottie limped on an off on his front legs for about 6 months in total…started at 9 months and by the time he was 15 months it had started to stop.
It was sometimes left leg and then would swap to right.
He had numerous vet checks for the results to be there is nothing wrong.
I made my own diagnosis of “pano” basically growing pains. regular short walks and rubbing his legs seemed to help him.
He’s now 18 months and a beautiful healthy boy weighing a great 63kg. So be patient these baby’s grow do fast it is bound to hurt them..its upsetting to watch them limp around but they get through he’s perfect now x

May 12, 2012

5 month Rotty pup NEW
by: Rotty gof

Hi I have a Rotty pup who is 5months, she was playing with my sisters boxer pup the other day running and chasing each other when suddenly my Rotty stopped and started to limp towards me !!
This was a week ago and she still has a limp when she wakes up from her nap or half way through her walks

Any body got any ideas or tips for me please??

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