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Bone Inflammation (Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy) in Puppies



There is no cure for this disease, but most puppies will recover on their own after one or two episodes. This disease can last from days to weeks, and puppies may be left with permanently bowed legs.


Puppies that will not, or cannot stand or move should be hospitalized with bed rest, and turned frequently by the nursing staff. If the puppy is dehydrated, fluid therapy will also be administered. A feeding tube can be inserted if your puppy is unable to eat. Your veterinarian will probably prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine to treat your puppy’s pain symptoms.


Living and Management


You should only walk your puppy on a leash during episodes. All other physical activity, such as freely running and jumping, should be restricted. The puppy should be given a small, confined, well-padded area where it can rest when it is not being walked. Puppies can be fed their normal diet, but supplements, especially Vitamin C supplements, should be avoided. If your puppy shows any signs of systemic disease, such as bloody diarrhea, spitting up blood, pneumonia, weight loss, or any other change in its condition, you should call your veterinarian immediately for advisement.



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