Hypertrophic osteodystrophy is a bone disease in rapidly growing
large breed dogs.
It usually occurs between the ages of 3 and 4 months. Symptoms include
swelling of the
metaphysis (the part of the bone adjacent to the joint), pain,
depression, loss of appetite, and fever. The disease is usually
bilateral in the limb bones, especially the
Possible causes include decreased
Vitamin C uptake, increased vitamin (other than C) and mineral
uptake, and infection with
canine distemper. Some dogs recover within a few days, but some
X-rays show a dark line at the metaphysis, which can progress to new
bone growth on the outside of that area. There is no specific treatment
besides pain medication. The best way to prevent hypertrophic
osteodystrophy is to avoid feeding young puppies too much.
- Ettinger, Stephen J.;Feldman, Edward C.(1995).Textbook of Veterinary
Internal Medicine(4th ed.). W.B. Saunders Company.
- Thrall, Donald E. (1994). Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology
(2nd ed.). W.B. Saunders Company.
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