07-2013 July

ju13Welcome Aboard New Docs

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Darius Starks and Dr. Jennifer Kress to our veterinary staff. Both doctors came to us with exceptional professional qualifications and strong practice interests in exotic species. Schedule your next appointment with them for your next visit or just stop by to say “Hi!” Dr. Starks and Kress look forward to meeting you and seeing your pets, whether dog, cat, bird, ferret, rodent, reptile or other exotic species. You can read their biographies on our website www.lmah.net.

Ask Dr. Debbie

Q: Diesel, my 8 month old German shepherd started limping on his left front leg a month ago. It seemed to get better and now he’s limping on the other leg. The breeder I got him from said he might have “pano”. Do I need to worry?

A: What your breeder is referring to as “pano” is panosteitis- an orthopedic disease causing growing pains in large dog breeds. With panosteitis inflammation occurs within the bone shafts resulting in limping, pain, and sometimes a fever or a loss of appetite. The disease is most commonly seen in male German shepherd puppies 5 to 18 months of age. Other common breeds include Dobermans, Labradors and Golden Retrievers.

Puppies with this condition display a shifting leg lameness that appears to come and go. Treatment of the condition may include rest and non-steroidal pain relievers. The good news is that dogs grow out of panosteitis by the time they are 1 to 2 years of age.

A veterinary visit is definitely in order though, since there are several orthopedic disorders that are common in large breed puppies. In addition to panosteitis, other common conditions to consider are Elbow dysplasia, Osteocondritis Dissecans and Hypertrophic osteodystrophy.

Your veterinarian will likely need to examine Diesel and take some x-rays to get a better idea what might be going on.

Desert Tortoise Mega diet Available

We are now carrying the newly reformulated desert tortoise food, Mega Diet, at Lone Mountain Animal Hospital. Mega Diet can be purchased at our hospital by clients as well as the general public. For more information on Mega Diet or to learn more about desert tortoise care visit Tortoise Group.

Pet of the Month

Congratulations to our pet of the month Gidget a 8 year old Starling. Make sure you visit our facebook or webpage to learn more about her.

 

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