Panosteitis in Dogs

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In-depth Information on Treatment of Panosteitis in Dogs

Treatment for panosteitis in dogs may include the following:

  • Rest, supportive care and painkillers are usually the mainstay of treatment for panosteitis. The most commonly recommended medication is aspirin, preferably buffered or Maalox-coated (ascriptin). These drugs help to lessen the pain of bone inflammation and can be given with food.
  • Warning You should be aware of the possible side effects of aspirin, particularly gastrointestinal upset associated with vomiting, diarrhea, bloody or dark colored stool, inappetence (avoiding food), or just not feeling right. Consult your veterinarian and stop the medication immediately if any of these signs occur.
  • Other anti-inflammatory medications, such as Rimadyl® or Etogesic®, may be recommended by your veterinarian. Do not give a painkiller without first consulting your veterinarian.
  • Steroids should probably be avoided in young dogs.
  • Follow-up Care for Dogs with Panosteitis 

    After diagnosis, it is important to keep your dog quiet and rested for several weeks. Do not allow your dog to go up or down stairs or jump on/off furniture. To enforce rest, some dogs benefit from the use of a crate.

    Allow your dog to go outside just to go to the bathroom (on a leash) and then bring him/her back inside the house.

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