Useful information about the needs of cats and dogs with nutritionally sensitive health conditions.
Developmental orthopedic conditions, e.g., hip and elbow dysplasia, osteochondrosis/osteochondritis dissecans of the shoulder, and hypertrophic osteodystrophy, are a frequent cause of lameness in young, typically large and giant breed dogs. However, depending on severity, signs may not be seen until adulthood. The cause appears to be multifactorial and, depending on the condition, may involve genetic factors, over-exercise (causing “micro-trauma”), and/or gender.1-3 Diet may play a role in developmental orthopedic conditions and in management of secondary osteoarthritis.
"Feeding your puppy an appropriate diet at a level which maintains lean body condition can help lessen the risk of developmental orthopedic conditions. Puppies fed to safely grow at a slower, more controlled rate will still reach their same adult body size."