Warning: Your GSD May Be Affected by This Rare Genetic Condition

By Dima B. | Monday Monday Staff -    2016-10-04

Vets across the country tell about the same issue they face over and over again. 

When it comes to the German Shepherd dog – they all seem to be predisposed to degradation of joints and bones, with hip dysplasia as one of the most common forms of joint degradation.


If you see your dog limping or becoming less and less active, you might want to check for this.

The condition that might be possibly affecting your German Shepherd is known as osteochondritis dissecans or OCD. This condition usually affects the knee, ankle, elbow or shoulder of the German Shepherd dog.

OCD develops in growing dogs. As the bones and joints of influenced puppies are building up, the ligament grows quickly and turns out to be too thick. Ligament gets the greater part of its sustenance from the joint liquid. The bigger it gets – the more it is denied of nourishment and a cavity appears. The ligament splits far from the bone making an imperfection that will surely hurt your dog while using that bone or joint.

Genetics plays a role in the improvement of OCD. Be that as it may, ecological variables, like eating regime, can also play a part in the development of this disease. OCD, for the most part, a condition of vast breed canines, and it appears that fast development rates increase the chances of it happening. Basically, the ligament develops so quick that it neglects to transform into a bone as it has been customized to do.

Nutrition can play a serious part in development of treating OCD

Often the doctors suggest grown-up sustenance for puppies or recipes particularly planned for expensive breeds. Puppy sustenance ought to be dodged since it may leave the puppy without needed elements for natural development.

Your German Shepherd, with sufficient sustenance, will achieve its normal size. In case of complications, it is highly advised to go to the vet. There are lots of medications available to treat the condition, and while none of them can guarantee 100% recovery, they can stop the condition from progressing and enable you to figure out how to better take care of the dog.

It’s all in the genes

Yes, you can try to prevent a condition like OCD from developing. Even if you do your best to take care of your dog, there’s always a chance that it will occur. Fortunately, German Shepherds are an intelligent and lovable breed. Like other species, sometimes genes can play a trick on these dogs. So if OCD develops, you should know that it’s simply out of your hands.

If that happens, there’s nothing else to do but to continue to love your German Shepherd and make life as comfortable for them as possible. Sure, you might not be running mates or play much, if the OCD prevents the dog from such activities. But it will still remain your loyal devoted pet, and that’s all that matters.




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