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Help! I have a 2 y.o. Weimananer who is being dx with hypertropic osteodystrophy. Bone cancer has been ruled out via a biopsy, and so has osteomylitis. The dogs left front leg/shoulder is still completely swollen after 6+ weeks. He is completely lame in that shoulder/leg.He is taking Dermamax for the pain and inflammation and was on baytril for about 21 days. Anybody have any thoughts? I question the diagnosis because of his age. We don't know if this will go away, or if an amputation is the only resolution. Help! [email protected]
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
http://www.weimclubamerica.org/health/2005update.html has lots of information on it.
You may be interested in the fact that there are implications of vaccines most particulary the distemper vaccine being involved in this.
"An important finding of the study has been the association of the HOD disease with recent vaccination. Approximately 70% of the Weimaraners diagnosed with HOD have received a recent multi-valent vaccine within 1-2 weeks of the disease onset. Most of these would have been vaccinated within 2-3 days of disease onset. To date there has been no association with a particular brand or type of vaccine, with most brands implicated at some point. It is important to note that there have been Weimaraners with HOD not receiving vaccines within the previous 3 weeks. This indicates that vaccination is one trigger for the HOD disease on a susceptible genetic background."
More info on that site too.
If there is any potential this might be a tick carried disease issue you might want to discuss this with your vet too.
Hope this helps you!

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