Q. What can I give my German shepherd for panosteitis

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A. In some cases, anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed and administered to help with the pain and to encourage walking. Steroids can also assist in the reduction of inflammation in the bones. Under no circumstances should you give your dog any human NSAIDs or other drugs, unless directed by your veterinarian. Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen can all cause stomach bleeding and the latter also are toxic to the liver.

Limited activity will help to reduce your dog’s pain. Allowing your pet time to recover, and time for the joints and bones to heal, however, will not reduce the speed of recovery.

It is recommended that you take your dog to be re-checked every two to four weeks for progress, as well as to detect if there are any more serious underlying medical issues that have been causing the problems.

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