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Reducing dog obesity protects joints

Regulators of canine hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis

Rory J Todhunter, BVSc, PhD, Diplomate – American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Professor of Surgery, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, describes how restricting canine growth rate can help restrict expression of hip dysplasia trait in dogs and secondary osteoarthritis in all joints.

References and Resources
Mlacnik E, Bockstahler BA, Müller M, Tetrick MA, Nap RC, Zentek J. Effects of caloric restriction and a moderate or intense physiotherapy program for treatment of lameness in overweight dogs with osteoarthritis. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2006 Dec 1;229(11):1756-60.