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    Hey guys , I'm a new Dane owner . My 7 month old Dane started limping a couple weeks ago . I thought he may of just played to hard with the other dogs .it to about a week and Roman seemed to be better . Then on morning couldn't get up and was in serve pain . Of course rushed him to the vet .xRay's showed nothing . Vet just chalked it up to growing pains . Guess what I'm wondering has any experienced this as well and what do you do . I feel horrible for him . Any advise ??

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    Pano (growing pains) usually occurs because of calcium/phosphorous levels that are too high and/or excess calories or over feeding.. What are you feeding? Are you keeping him lean? How much are you feeding? Did the vet check for HOD? this is far more serious than Pano and has the same causes.
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    • #3
      Thanks for the feedback . I'm feeding him taste of wild Pacific steam . Adult. He get 2 cup a.m 2 noon 2 evening . 6 a day . Roman is about 115 pound super tall and lean . He is doing a lot better . His worst time is in the morning . Stiff I would imagen from lying down all night .

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      • #4
        The adult formulas of TOTW are to high in calcium/phosphorous for a Dane puppy...The puppy formulas are in the safe levels.. I recommend that you switch from the adult to the Pacific Stream puppy.
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        • #5
          Wow I thought I was being safe cause the protein level was low . But I need watch calicium / phosphate too . Do you know what the levels should be ? Thanks so much for your help

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            Well here it's almost June . It been a very trying 3 weeks . Two weeks ago Roman took a turn for the worst. Had him to couple different vets and one specialist ,orthaptic specialist. Said he had 2 torn acl s . That's way he is in so much pain and not using back legs . She wanted to do surgery asap! 5gs per knee .My gut was telling me she was wrong ! I need to think about it and do some research . I wasnt keen on operating on a 7month old puppy . 200.00 later ,still no answer s . And not even asprin for pain . We left. Finally came across an traveling old timer horse vet . Took on look at him and said he has HODS . Put him on prednisalone and within 3 days he was up walking around and eating . It's been 10 days and he's feeling much better . But I don't think we are out of the woods yet ! Tried to ween him off today ,by time I got home from work .He was hurting again limping. And whining . Back to vet . So round 2 . 10 more days on the meds . Got a feeling this is gonna be a long haul . I just want my baby boy to get better .



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            • #7
              HOD is a long haul and is usually caused by calium/phosphorous levels being to high (cal should never be over 1.5, phos never over 1.0 lower on both is best especially in fast growing lines.. keeping cal around 1. & phos around .8 is best) HOD can also be caused by over vaccinating or giving too many vaccines at once.. Best to you.
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              • #8
                Yes we figured it out to be nutritional HODs . Thought I was being careful ,but not so much ! Good news is the huge knots on his inner knees is back to normal ! Tried to wheen him off meds but didn't work .so he doing and other 10 days . Is this something he just have to grow out of it ? How long does it last . Will he ever recovery fully? Thanks for helping

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                • #9
                  It takes a while and can last quite a while..
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