Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My Puppy Elvira had OCD
My Poor little puppy Elvira (7 months old and 55#)had surgery on her shoulder yesterday! She is so very sore and cries a lot, BUT we do have her on pain meds. I thought she just had growing pains, but after the vet visit and x-rays she was diagnosed with OCD:
What is osteochondrosis (OCD)?
Osteochondrosis (also known as OCD) is a common, painful disease in dogs. It is characterized by an abnormality in the cartilage-to-bone transformation. As a result, cartilage and bone fragments may break off into the joint space. Osteochondrosis is not a form of arthritis, however, it often leads to arthritis. Larger breeds of dog have a genetic predisposition towards the condition, which results from rapid growth. (The pain from osteochondrosis is similar to the “growing pains” experienced by adolescents.)
Here is a photo of my little Franken-elvira!!
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