Osteochondritis Dissecans in dogs

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Osteochondritis Dissecans in dogs - Vetster

What is osteochondritis dissecans?

Osteochondritis dissecans, commonly known as OCD, is an abnormal development of bone from cartilage that can affect various joints in large and giant bread dogs. It mainly causes problem the shoulder and elbow joint but the knee or hip may also be involved. The development of OCD depends on several factors including genetics, trauma, rapid growth and hormonal imbalance. As genetics play a significant role in the development of OCD, an affected patient should not be bred.

Symptoms & Signs

OCD primarily occurs in rapidly growing large or giant breed dogs. It is seen more in male dogs than females, most likely due to the males' larger size. The symptoms of osteochondritis dissecans are:

  • Lameness (most common symptom)
  • Avoid bearing weight on affected limb
  • Swelling at affected joints
  • Wasting of muscles with chronic lameness

What is the Treatment?

Surgery is the main treatment for osteochondritis dissecans in most of the time. After surgery, medications will be given to reduce pain and inflammation.  Your vet may also prescribe some medicines before surgery to limit the cartilage damage and degeneration. 

Concerned your dog may have symptoms of Osteochondritis Dessiecans? 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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