Osteochondritis is a term used to describe a problem in growing bones. In osteo, the cartilage between bony areas fails to turn into bone properly. It may be caused by genetic factors, trauma, and improper nutrition.
At 6-9 months of age, lameness is usually the first signs of osteochondritis of the elbow (elbow dysplasia). It is not unusual for limping to come and go. The symptoms may worsen between 6 and 12 months of age. After 12 months of age the symptoms may disappear or show up occasionally.
The prognosis of the disease varies with the severity. Degenerative joint disease (arthritis) will occur as the animal ages. Treatment may involve surgery and/or pain management. It is important to watch the weight on affected animals to lessen the load on the elbow. If your Fold is showing any signs of elbow dysplasia or you want to scan for osteochondritis, please contact your vet for more information.
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