Hypertrophic Osteopathy in dogs

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Hypertrophic Osteopathy in dogs - Vetster

What is Hypertrophic Osteopathy?

Hypertrophic Osteopathy is a bone disease where new bone information appears in the limbs of a young growing dog. Although the exact mechanisms of the inflammation is poorly understood, it is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder. It is known to occur more commonly in large and giant breed dogs.

Symptoms of Hypertrophic Osteopathy in Dogs

Hypertrophic Osteopathy more commonly affects the long skeletal bones of young dogs, but lesions can also be found in the jaw, ribs, spine, shoulder blade and facial bones. Some of the symptoms a dog’s owner might notice include:

  • Lethargy
  • Lameness
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing
  • Blood in urine
  • Reluctance to move
  • Pain with movement

Treatment of Hypertrophic Osteopathy in Dogs

Many cases of HOD will recover spontaneously without intervention. Other cases require medication to reduce/control inflammation and immune stimulation such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or steroid medications.

Concerned your dog may have symptoms of Hypertrophic Osteopathy? Schedule an appointment with one of our veterinary professionals today at  Vetster for advice and to learn more about your pet’s wellness.

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