Many studies show that people who have dogs as their pets have good physical health. It is to be noted that owning a dog as a pet reduces the risk of premature death and it lowers the risk of heart diseases as well. There are a lot of benefits of being a pet master and even dogs give them benefits that are endless. Did you even know that it is scientifically proven that if you spend just 15 minutes of your daily time with your pet then it will reduce your stress levels and prevent you from various health conditions that are related to stress. So if they are your health companions you must take care of their health. There are a lot of health conditions from which dogs are affected and if they are helping you to keep you away from various health issues then why can’t you take care of their health. Today we are going to discuss one condition of dogs that is Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy. Study this article carefully and if you know any dog who is suffering from this condition, you must help that dog with a solution that we are going to give in this article.
Hypertrophic osteodystrophy is an auto-inflammatory, developmental disease of bones in dogs. This condition is seen between the ages of 7 weeks up to 8 months. Generally the cases are noticed when the dog is between the age of 3 to 5 months and then is the remission stage, relapse occurs until the age of 20 months. This condition is usually seen in puppies that are fast growing and of giant and large breeds. There are some of the medium breeds that may also develop his condition which includes pit bull, australian cattle dog, etc. there are many predisposed breeds which includes Boxer, Australian kelpie, Bull Mastiff, German Shepherd, Doberman pinscher, giant breed dogs, Irish setter, Great dane and various others. Let us further study how this condition occurs in dogs and what kind of signs and symptoms are noticed in them.
Some Facts About Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Following are some of the facts about Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy that one must know
- This condition mainly affects the large breeds
- Usually this condition is very painful
- Medical therapy is must to manage this condition
- Prognosis is somehow poor as this condition relapse frequently
- Dwarfism is one of the most common condition associated with HOD
Causes Of Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
The cause of Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy is usually unknown, beside this some of the conditions may lead to this condition. The causes include vaccination of distemper virus, distemper virus infection, any bacterial infection and various other infections. One other cause of this condition can be Vitamin C deficiency. Once the condition affects, a series of events takes place at the deep microscopic levels that makes the blood vessels bleed near the growth plate. Then the bone in the particular region dies and develops microfracturing which leads to weakening and later on breakage of the bone.
Sign And Symptoms Of Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
One of the most common signs of this condition is steady limping, commonly in front legs. When you touch your dog’s legs they may pull their legs back or yelp with pain. You can feel warmth in their legs and notice swelling near the joints of their legs. Before limping some dogs may also get affected from diarrhoea. Even they shows various other signs such as fever, fatigue or loss of appetite. They refuse to go for walks or to play and if they are in extreme pain they even refuse to stand up. This condition comes and goes till the time the growth plates won’t develop completely. Although this condition is common in long bones of the front legs of dogs, it may affect the other bones also.
Diagnosis Of Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Vets diagnose whether a dog is suffering from HOD or not with the help of X-Rays. They also suspect if it’s HOD or not on the behalf of Puppy’s breed, physical examination, age and symptoms. But X-ray is definitely necessary for definitive diagnosis. Other additional tests are also performed to clear the diagnosis which includes urinalysis, blood tests, etc.
Ayurvedic View Of Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Pashu chikitsa is one of the branches of Ayurvedic medicine that only deals with veterinary health. The idea of Pashu Chikitsa or the ancient animal science is a point towards the complete man and animal relationship that existed in ancient times. Animals have always been a great companion of man from ages. Man also used animals for domestication and used them for obtaining food products, for transportation, farming, etc.
Origin of Pashu Ayurveda: In day to day life birds and animals became a part of human life so special care should be taken by man regarding their health. For this purpose Ayurveda develops one sector of Pashu Chikitsa which deals with the line of treatment of veterinary. Pashu Ayurveda has its special branches such as Ashwa Ayurveda (for horses), Go Ayurveda (for cows), Gaja Ayurveda (For elephants), etc.
Ayurveda about Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy: As we read earlier Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy is a condition of developing bones. So according to Ayurveda this condition is caused by vitiation of Asthi Dhatu which is associated with aggravation of Kapha dosha and vitiation of Rakta Dosha. As Asthi Dhatu is a sthaan of Vata dosha thus there is a need to pacify vata dosha for the management of this condition. Rakta dosha vitiation is the root cause of this condition, as the rakta dosha vitiates it further vitiates Asthi dhatu and leads to the condition. So for managing the condition there is a need to pacify aggravated Vata dosha, provide strength to Asthi dhatu and balance all other doshas as well. For this purpose Planet Ayurveda provides various safe herbal and herbomineral remedies for the dogs that we are going to mention below with their ingredients and their benefits. So let’s have a look!!!!
Herbal Remedies By Planet Ayurveda For Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Planet Ayurveda is a company which formulates various herbal and herbomineral remedies that helps in managing various kinds of health issues of Humans as well as animals. Their remedies are totally safe for dogs also because it includes only pure herbs and purified minerals. These remedies are also GMP, ISO and Halal certified along with that devoid of any kind of additives, preservatives, fillers, resins, colors, etc. So if your dog is suffering from the same condition about which we are talking about in this article that is HOD, you can give your dog these remedies to improve their quality of life. So let’s come to the point that is the management part, following are the remedies that can be used for managing the symptoms of HOD in dogs, let’s study about their ingredients and how theory will help in reducing or managing the signs and symptoms faced by a dog in this condition.
- YOGRAJ GUGGUL
- JOINT AID PLUS
- BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN
- ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES
1. YOGRAJ GUGGUL
Yograj Guggul is one of the classical Ayurvedic formulations that is prepared by Planet Ayurveda under the strict guidance of M.D. Ayurveda practitioners. This formulation is available in tablet form and consists of ingredients such as Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Bhibhitaki (Terminalia Bellerica), Vidang (Embelia ribes), Jeerak (Cuminum Cyminum), etc. This formulation is one of the best analgesic and anti-inflammatory so we can give this remedy in this case to reduce pain and inflammation.
Dosage: 3 tablets twice daily with meals.
2. JOINT AID PLUS
Joint Aid Plus is one of the capsule formulations of Planet Ayurveda. These capsules are made up of standardized extracts of herbs such as Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Sonth (Zingiber officinale) and some others. As we read earlier the condition of HOD mainly affects the bones of the dogs, so this remedy being a miraculous remedy for joints helps in reducing various symptoms of this condition. Joint Aid Plus provides strength to the bones, reduces inflammation as well as associated pain with this condition.
Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with meals.
3. BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN
Boswellia Curcumin is one of the formulations that is available in capsule form. These capsules are prepared by Planet Ayurveda with the standardized extract of herbs Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). This is another remedy which has the best anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. So collectively along with other prescribed medications these capsules provide good results in reducing the inflammation and pain.
Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with meals.
4. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES
Ashwagandha Capsules are single herbal capsules formulation of Planet Ayurveda. These capsules are made up of standardized extract of herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). This herb is one of the best Vata pacifying herbs thus helps in reducing symptoms in HOD by pacifying Vata Dosha. As we went through a point earlier, Asthi dhatu is mainly vitiated in this condition and Asthi dhatu is a sthana of Vata Dosha. So this remedy manages the symptoms of HOD by pacifying Vata Dosha.
Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with meals.
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Hypertrophic osteodystrophy is an auto-inflammatory, developmental disease of bones in dogs. The cause of Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy is usually unknown, beside this some of the conditions may lead to this condition. The causes include vaccination of distemper virus, distemper virus infection, any bacterial infection and various other infections. According to Ayurveda this condition is caused by vitiation of Asthi Dhatu which is associated with aggravation of Kapha dosha and vitiation of Rakta Dosha. So for managing the condition there is a need to pacify aggravated Vata dosha, provide strength to Asthi dhatu and balance all other doshas as well. For this purpose Planet Ayurveda provides safe herbal remedies that help in managing these symptoms with their effective properties.