We are first-time Lab parents with a 6 month old male puppy. When Harley was five months old, he seemed to be limping, so I took him to the vet to make sure he was OK. I am so paranoid about him growing too fast and having joint or bone problems!! Anyway, the vet said he was fine, did not feel that x-rays were needed, as he let her touch him without any sign of pain. She actually spent quite a bit of time watching him walk back and forth. Bottom line, she said that he was literally going through "growing pains" because he was growing so fast. He was 45 pounds at the time. Vet said that he would end up being between 90-100 pounds fully-grown. My question is, has anyone else had their lab puppy have his big feet kind of look like clown shoes as he walks? Really. He no longer is limping, but he sure seems to be uncoordinated. Just want to make sure that all is OK. He will be six months old May 10th.
Thanks so much. I've learned much on this forum.
Java had "growing pains" (called pano) when she was 5 months old. She was 55 lbs.
If your puppy is still on puppy food I would strongly recommend switching him to adult food at this point to slow his growth down.
Yes, they do have 'growing pains.' You want to make sure you keep his weight down so he's not putting too much pressure on his joints as he grows; at this age he should look gangly and leggy, not roly-poly any more.
Some of the breeders will undoubtedly chime in with more information to help you along.
Umm - we do need pictures, you know!
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Yes they can have pano, but I don't think that it's as common as people think. Pano can be seen on X-rays and they will show pain when the affected long bone is checked, it also changes limbs. If your puppy has been limping for over a month, I'd want X-rays taken. And if we're talking front legs, I'd suggest seeing a specialist or a vet whose very comfortable reading elbow X-rays.
Another thought - how much exercise is he getting? He should not be going on long walks or being made to run (on leash) yet. Too much, too soon will damage his joints. Let him play all he wants on his own, just don't make him run with you or do a lot of chasing/retrieving. If he was doing things he wasn't used to, he'll get sore, just like we do.
My late husband took the boys to a place that had a pond, and he was throwing the frisbee into the pond for Champ. This was the first exercise the dog had had in months, and it was done for far too long. The poor boy could barely walk for the next couple of days, and he was 5 years old at the time. Anything new or that he is not used to, ease him into it a little at a time and allow his body to adjust to the motions and exertion.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Get the puppy off of puppy food ASAP. Switch to a good adult food of the same brand if you like that brand.
♣ Laura ♣
Your Vet was able to diagnose Panosteitis without Xrays? And conclusively rule out other possible causes of limping?
Watch out for elbow dysplasia... it develops at a very young age.