Do Puppies Have Growing Pains

We have all heard of growing pains.  Some of us remember them from when were kids.  I specifically remember sitting in school and having aching legs.  I grew like 3 inches in a summer.  Many kids like myself go through this same thing, but what about dogs?  Do puppies have growing pains, or is it just us humans that experience this painful issue.

Do puppies have growing pains

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The answer is “yes” puppies or dogs can suffer from aches and pains when they grow, but by many, they aren’t called “growing pains“.  Even though, that is exactly what they are.

Growing Pains

Puppies grow up very fast, and larger dog breeds even faster.  It is nothing to see a puppy grow from a 5 lb puppy up to a 50 lb dog in 3-4 mos.  Just think about growing that fast, it makes sense that our dogs would at times be a bit stiff and even sore.

Growing dogs, don’t reach their full skeletal maturity until around 18 mos, but it can vary from dog to dog.  In the legs are one of the main areas that your dog may experience aches and pains.  Your dog may show stiffness or limping, and even have trouble getting around.  Shifting from one leg to another can also be a sign of a sore leg or stiffness.

In most cases these limited bouts of pain, are usually outgrown by your dog and don’t last long.  They literally can be gone from one day to the next.

This is something to monitor and keep an eye on.  Just like any other ailment of issue that your puppy may have, could also be something of a much more serious nature.

Although growing pains, isn’t widely considered a real thing for dogs, many dogs do have issues when they grow very quickly.  When your dog really seems to be struggling and continuing to have mobility issues that affect their everyday life, than that is the time that you need to get a professional opinion.

Do Puppies Get Growing Pain

When to be concerned

When it comes to puppies, if something lasts longer than normal, you would want to seek medical attention from a Vet.  There is a serious condition, that can look like simple growing pains or stiffness but is actually a condition is called “Panosteitis”.

Panosteitis is a serious orthopedic issue that affects puppies as early as 2 mos old.  Significantly more common in large breed dogs.  Breeds that it can more predominately affect are:

  • Dobermans
  • Great Danes
  • German Shepherds
  • Retrievers

Along with these large breeds, it can also affect smaller breeds like Miniature Schnauzer.  This condition affects puppies causing lameness and stiffness in their joints.  It has even been documented in dogs and puppies from the young age of 2 mos old, all the way to 5 years old.

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There are theories by the medical community of the reasons why dogs can get this condition, but none are proven to be true.  Many believe it could be genetics, nutritional agents, infections and of course simply breed specific.

Some symptoms that you should watch for are:

  • Leg lameness that continues on
  • Stiffness
  • Fever
  • Lethargic
  • No appetite

The tough part of these symptoms is that they can come and go.  One day your dog may seem fine, and the next day, they are limping.  This makes it very tough for dog parents to figure out when to seek medical attention.

The good news is that this condition is one that your dog will outgrow without any long term affects to their health.  If you are at all concerned about your dog, it is always a good idea to make sure that you consult your Vet.  We certainly do not want our dogs to suffer with a serious health issue, because we think we know what it is.

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Vet treatment

Like I said above if your dog is experiencing growing pains, check with your Vet to ensure you get the proper diagnosis.  You just never know what the real issues is until you speak to the professionals.

Your dog could have panosteitis, a fracture, an infection or just simply a sprain.  Before knowing how your dog needs to be treated, you need to know what the issue is.

For growing pains, depending on the severity of your dog’s issues, you would be given a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.  A medication like this will help lessen the inflammation on the membrane that covers the bones giving your dog some relief.  You may not need to administer the medication daily, the condition can be just to help with flare-ups that occur intermittently.

Usually by 18-24 mos, your dog will outgrow any of these issues.

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Supplements

Like many conditions, our dogs can get relief from over the counter supplements.  There are some very easy ways to help give your dog comfort if they are suffering with aches and pains.  Just like us, if we are stiff and sore, it dramatically affects our quality of life.

Treating dogs or puppies with growing pains will allow them more mobility and comfort until the flare up passes. You can easily put it on top of their food or give it to them in a treat.

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Things like: Cosequin or Glucosomine are great options when it comes to naturally treating your dog’s joint pain. Much like humans, they include things like Magnese, Essential fatty acids, Omega’s, Fish Oil, Hemp and CBD.

It has never been so easy to give your dog a supplement.  They come in chews, liquid form and even included right in certain dog foods. CBD and Hemp have really been one of the new ways to give you dog comfort for many issues including joint issues.

Nobody wants to see their dog suffering in pain and limping around.   We can easily give them a chew to make them feel better, what is the harm in that.  Sometimes providing quick relief for your dog without a prescription is needed.

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Conclusion

What is it about dog puppies that experience growing pains, that is so different than children.  Although many children go through growing pains, the way in which it affects their everyday life is not the same.

Children do not limp or become so stiff they don’t want to move.  They are far more likely to have it affect them at nighttime when they are trying to sleep.

Puppies that experience severe growing pains can be affected at all times of the day.  Even so much so, that they literally refuse to move.

The overall thought on do puppies have growing pains, the answer is…..it depends on who you talk to.  Much of the dog medical community believes this issue to be a bit of a mystery.

When it comes to growing puppies, especially in large breeds, watch closely and monitor your pup.   Watch to see if they start experiencing any issues while they are growing.

For me personally, I would opt to try an over the counter dog chew treat, to start.  That way I can see if my dog responses positively with lessening their symptoms.  Yes as always visit a Vet if any issues with your dog persist, but sometimes just an easy home fix can do the trick.

 

14 thoughts on “Do Puppies Have Growing Pains”

  1. Hello Coralie,

    Thanks for sharing this very useful information. I really didn’t pay attention to this growing pain as an individual but I have heard it happens in other people and it amazed me. My dog is big now and she didn’t show at sign of pain while growing up and I guess she didn’t feel it too.

    I am thankful for this article because I’m looking forward to adopting a puppy and I would look out for these signs. Cheers 

    Reply
    • Hi Justin,

      I am so excited for you that you are getting a new puppy.  My Fergus is just 5 mos or so old and a real gem. They are so much fun.  They do grow up so fast though, it’s like you blink and puppyhood is over.  It truly is so much fun too.

      Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on my post.

      Coralie

      Reply
  2. I had no idea that puppies have growing pains as well, wow. I guess if they have baby teeth just like us they gotta have other things that are similar to us as well. I am glad my husky (Shiro) doesn’t have that issue or I just did not know, poor thing! Thanks for sharing the supplements, it is better to be safe than sorry in my opinion. I will make sure to observe him more from now on. Thanks for sharing such an informative post!

    Reply
    • Hi Nuttanee,

      I completely agree with you on the supplements.  Seems like many dog parents are reluctant to try supplements for their dogs when they are in pain.  As long as they look at the ingredients and know what they are giving them, they can truly help their dogs.

      Thanks and yes I am so glad that Shiro never had any issues.   My dog Fergus hasn’t shown any signs either, but he is still a puppy, so I am watching him closely.

      Coralie 

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  3. Wow! Interesting to know!

    Growing up pain, well I don’t know how much if its a mystery or not but giving my dog the best care in terms of health is very important to me and this post will help me achieve that. I will save your post for reference purposes.

    Thanks so much for this article.

    Reply
    • Hello,

      I love hearing that I have provided some new great information for fellow dog parents.  Our dogs can’t talk to us, obviously, so it is important to keep a close eye on them to see if we can spot any issues.

      Puppies especially can be subjected to different issues than adult dogs.  That is why it is super important to ensure they are pain free and healthy.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Coralie

      Reply
  4. Hello there! Thanks a lot for this article…

    Caring for dogs can be a little bit stressful especially when the dog is sick. It’s mostly annoying when the dog is sick and you don’t know whats wrong,. its like when your little kid is sick.

    Thank you or this article, at least I know how to understand when my dog is in pain.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Hello,

      You are so right, that caring for our dogs is a huge responsibility, and even worse when they are sick.  I don’t have kids, but my dogs over the years, have certainly caused me stress. LOL!

      They are pretty much my kids anyway, and that’s how I treat them.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my post, I really appreciate hearing from a fellow dog parent about their adventures on this wonderful dog journey.

      Coralie

      Reply
  5. Hello there, this is an amazing article that you have got here. My dog is currently go through a season of illness and I have been thinking on what to do about it.

    All thanks to you for sharing the  Cosequin or Glucosomine as possible aid to help put my puppy In a good health condition. I am grateful I stumbled at this article.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Hi,

      I really appreciate your time in commenting on my post.  I am sorry to hear that your dog is having a difficult time right now.  I wish you both the best of luck.

      I totally believe that these supplements can be used to easily assist our dogs with any hip and joint stiffness they may be experiencing.  I don’t believe in just leaving them suffer through it.

      Thank you for sharing your story.

      Coralie

      Reply
  6. Great and well written article on puppies growing with pains…. pets as much as dogs are much more like kids.

    They are also prone to accidents as much as our kids are if not properly cared for….

    My dog Jimmy did have occasionally pains when he was growing up which I easily detected because we spent most of our good times together. I quickly noticed and took him to a vet doctor. I urge you to always look out for your dog and care for him.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Evans,

      I love your dogs name Jimmy, how cute is that.  I am always happy to hear other dog parents experiences with their dogs. 

      That is great news, that you were able to notice Jimmy was having some growing pains while growing and took him to the Vet.  Better to be safe then sorry, I say.

      Glad that you were able to address the issues and that he is doing fine now.  Thank you for sharing your story with me, I really appreciate it.

      Coralie

      Reply
  7. Helooo dear, thanks for these exquisite information you just shared with us. I am really glad I got to see these post, your article is truly amazing. I believe I learned a lot from your site about dogs, after going through your article, I feel like purchasing a dog.

    Thanks for the info. I’ll surely do some recommendations.

    Thanks alot

    Reply
    • Hello,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my post, I really appreciate it. I am glad that you may be interested in getting a dog. They truly are the best friend you will ever have.

      Best of luck to you.

      Take care

      Coralie 

      Reply

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