Getting Help With HOD - Form for Assistance
Getting Help with HOD
Diagnosing HOD can be very difficult and confusing because several underlying causes can actually "mimic" the symptoms of HOD.
1. We need to get the dog on an appropriate diet. Check this website for a copy of the Blackwatch Puppy Feed Program. If this is a nutritionally caused problem, due to eating a poor quality food, or one that is too calorie dense for the puppys needs. If this is a nutritional problem once you change the diet to what I recommend you will start to see results within a few days of changing the diet. Generally a little steroids (dexamethsone) will help, provided the dog does not have an infection, so it is important for the vet to do a blood test to rule out infection. This is actually more important than an x-ray.
2. If you suspect your puppy has HOD or " HOD-like"symptoms (lameness in joints, hot swollen joints, fever, off feed, insist your vet run a blood test to rule out and infection called SEPTICEMIA, also known as SEPTIC ARTHRITIS. You do not want the vet to put your puppy on steroids, if there is infection present.
3. If your dog started exhibiting "HOD-like"
symptoms (lameness in joints, hot swollen joints, fever, off feed)
within 2-3 days of vaccines, it is possible you are seeing a vaccine
reaction and not actual nutritional HOD. In this case we must detoxify
the dogs body and hope there is no permanent damage. Nothing is a
guarantee with vaccine reactions, but I suggest you contact Marina
Zachiras 541-899-2080 on how to detoxify. Here is her website.
4. Lastly, if your dog has been on certain antibiotics 2-12 days before your puppy exhibited HOD like symptoms, then it is possible the dog is having an antibiotic reaction and not HOD. In this case, you need to tell you vet and (s)he will have you stop or switch the antibiotic and I have found shot of Dexamethsone is normally given, and within a couple of days the dog is back on track.Should I x-ray? Unfortunately x-rays will tell you nothing, other than there is inflammation in the growth plate. This happens regardless of the cause, be it nutritionally caused HOD, vaccine reactions, blood infection or allergic reactions to antibiotics. All of these cause inflammation in the growth plates and an elevated fever so an x-ray is of no use because most of this swelling is already visible without an xray.Before I can help you determine the underlying cause of your dogs problem, please send me the following information below, and then please go to my website and read a Guide to Recognizing Bone Diseases.
Send the following information to me at: GrDaneLady@aol.com
I need complete information on diet:
What brand(s) of food has this dog been on since you got the dog? List all and when you switched to something else.