[box style=’info’]Story sent by Sandra Moreno[/box]
We had Chico for a short year he was such a good dog he was diagnosed with HOD were his bones grow fast and he was in pain through out his first year.
We tried. We loved him sooo much that when we took him to sleep the vet said that he had been in pain for a long time that he was holding off for us.
My Chicoli I still call him at night so his spirit can get on my bed.
Now I have Chico 2, his nephew. He is a good very active dog. We love him too but we keep in our hearts our Chico my baby and love. Below is Chico and Chico2. Our loves.
[box style=’doc’]What is HOD?
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) is a bone disease that occurs in fast-growing large and giant breed dogs. The disorder is sometimes referred to as metaphyseal osteopathy, and typically first presents between the ages of 2 and 7 months. (source: wikipedia)
What is the cause?
Probably the most frustrating aspect of HOD is that even veterinarians and other animal experts are unsure of the origins of this condition. We may be inclined to think it’s an inherited or genetic condition, but there currently is no conclusive evidence to support this theory.
Is there a treatment?
The treatment for HOD is supportive. Anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers, such as buffered aspirin or carprofen (Rimadyl), are used to treat pain. In severe cases steroids may need to be given to control the pain. In addition, broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used. Strict rest on a comfortable, warm bed is recommended. A nutritious, highly palatable food will help to encourage some dogs to eat. Vitamin C is often supplemented though its benefit may be questionable. In severe cases, steroids may be used.
Many owners of large and giant breed puppies are feeding diets lower in fat and protein to encourage moderate steady growth instead of rapid growth.[/box]