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Hypertrophic Osteopathy in Dogs (Bone Overgrowth): Symptoms, Causes & Treatments



hypertrophic osteopathy (bone overgrowth) in dogs: symptoms, causes, & treatments

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Hypertrophic osteopathy in dogs is a medical condition that can cause a swelling of the limbs. It is caused by an increase in the growth of tissue beyond the bones.

This condition can also affect humans and other pets such as cats. This condition can sometimes be mistakenly thought to be arthritis.

If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from osteoporosis, please let us know. Consult your veterinarianto get a complete diagnosis and plan of treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of hypertrophic osteopathy in dogs.

Hypertrophic Osteopathy in Dogs – Signs and symptoms

Hypertrophic osteopathy is a condition that causes swelling of the limbs in dogs. The following symptoms are also common:

  • Feeling lethargic
  • Pain in the limbs
  • Moving less than usual
  • Losing weight and losing appetite

Hypertrophic Osteopathy in dogs: Causes

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It is not known what causes hypertrophic osteopathy in dogs. Some factors have been suggested to contribute to bone overgrowth in dogs.

  • Heartworm
  • Pneumonia
  • Tumors of the liver, lungs, and bladder
  • Many chronic infections

Boxers and other breeds seem to be more susceptible than others. Female dogs and canines of middle age are at greater risk than the younger male pups.

Veterinary Treatments

Your veterinarian will ask you questions about your dog’s medical history and symptoms if your vet suspects that they are suffering from hypertrophic osteopathy. They’ll carry out a full physical examination and order blood and urine tests.

In many cases of suspected bone disease, X-rays and the examination of bone samples may prove crucial in diagnosing the condition.

It is important to address the root cause of the condition when providing treatment. This may involve medication or painkillers.

You must follow all instructions and dosages if your vet gives you any medication for your dog.

Dogs that are in recovery at home need to be able to relax and have no distractions. Dogs that are recovering from broken bones may require ongoing pain treatment.

Has your dog developed hypertrophic osteopathy? What are your options for helping your dog recover? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.