An Overview: PANO, or Panosteitis in Dogs
Panosteitis, often abbreviated as PANO, is a condition characterized by an accelerated rate of growth which most commonly results in lameness and/or arthritis-like aches or pains in the long bone of the legs. Very likely, the symptoms will manifest in one leg, then another; whereas, this process may repeat – with the most noticeable discomfort appearing to shift at random. Although the struggles and discomfort are likely self-limiting as the dog matures, during these episodes of wandering lameness there may be considerable pain or even burdensome discomfort due to the ravages of the inflammation.
Pano normally is seen in older puppies, and the large breeds are the ones generally affected. Though Great Danes and Dobermans are very likely candidates, track records show that German Shepherds may be the most heavily hit breed. Any ‘long bone’ dog could be reasonably expected to suffer this growth disorder, where nutrition imbalance existed. These issues can last several months, or even up to 12-18 months of age if there is not a change in diet to a high quality, meat based and moderate protein/fat/calorie type of premium food. It is equally important that this dietary change includes the use of properly measured amounts; i.e, not ‘hap hazard’ and not providing extra feedings beyond proper recommendations.
What You’re Feeding is Critical
The switch to a moderate protein/fat diet cannot be overstated. It is essential. While some well-meaning pet owners are feeding otherwise excellent foods, their selections are often too rich in protein or fat. Other times, pet-parents are believing common TV ads and feeding big-name foods from Big-Name stores. These are likely very imbalanced, while also low on ‘real nutrition’. PANO is akin to growing pains in teenagers. The first goal is to moderate the protein/fat intake – to slow the rate of growth during this critical “filling-out” phase of the pet’s development, while a secondary goal is ‘better food’ with more complete nutrition. This change alone can go a long way in helping to alleviate the issue. When it comes to it, we name names on foods to use as we know they have a track record and will help produce results. Here is our Recommended Pet Foods List. Since manufacturer ownership changes are a frequent event in our modern world, we feel it is best if you CALL to confer on which Brand/Recipe might be best for your dog vs. Pano worries. The goal is to ultimately slow down the growth process and, at the same time, you must have quality nutrients with bio-available vitamins, minerals, etc. These Large and Giant breeds grow so quickly! The food you are feeding MUST BE providing proper “building materials”, thus – laying a foundation for youthful growth and future health. Remember the old adage, “You can’t get a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!”
Super-Food Support for PANO Issues
In the meantime, to help with the debilitating effects of a growth disorder, like PANO, we highly recommend our “super-food” nutrition supplement, NZYMES® Sprouted Granules. The nutritional resources – AKA, super-food protein – provided by NZYMES® have demonstrated again and again to be very beneficial in helping dog’s bodies handle the detrimental effects of developmental orthopedic conditions like PANO, as well as OCD and HOD.