Does your dog have osteochondrosis?

Does your dog have Osteochondrosis? Here’s what you need to know about this condition.

If you have a large or giant breed puppy, osteochondrosis (OCD) is something you should know about. It’s a painful condition in which the supply of blood and nutrients to a bone is interrupted, causing the cartilage to become weak and susceptible to damage.

The result is an overgrowth of cartilage that can break off into the joint space and cause malnourished cells, inflammation, and degenerative joint disease. In most cases, arthritis will develop.

Genetic predisposition is a key indicator of OCD. Larger breed pups prone to growth spurts are at greater risk. To help prevent it:

  • Encourage reasonable exercise without roughhousing or excessive running; early joint trauma increases the risk of OCD.
  • Ensure your pup maintains a healthy weight; don’t over-feed or give him high-calorie commercial foods.

If your vet has already diagnosed osteochondrosis, here’s how to minimize your dog’s discomfort.

  1. Restrict his exercise to shorter walks throughout the day. This will keep his joints mobile without overloading them.
  2. Feed him a quality diet to ensure proper weight management and reduce inflammation.
  3. A continuous supply of fresh pure water prevents dehydration and helps flush out toxins.

Recovery SA is a natural plant-based product for reducing chronic pain and inflammation. The active ingredient is Nutricol, a blend of plant compounds recognized for their anti-inflammatory effects. Recovery SA helps manage OCD by improving circulation and increasing cell stability, thereby speeding repair and inhibiting further degeneration.


Eryn Kirkwood is a freelance writer and editor residing in Ottawa, Canada. As an animal lover and health and wellness aficionado, Eryn publishes humorous and informative articles across a breadth of topics.