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Our standard was just diagnosed with OCD. He has it in his left shoulder, his other shoulder looks fine. We noticed he was limping around 6 months, took him in and they thought it was possibly growing pains or a strain. Two months later we finally got X-Rays and the specialist confirmed OCD. It is still in the formative stage and pieces have not come off yet. He is not in much pain and most of the time it is hard to even notice. He has never winced or wined out in pain, even when you take his shoulder and manipulate/move it. We notice it because we are his owners but others cannot even tell. He runs just fine. He mostly shows signs at night after a day in which he was active.

Because he is not showing much pain, we are going to try Glucosamine Chondroitin and strict crate rest for 4 or so weeks. I would give him Rymadyl as well but I don't think it's necessary as he doesn't appear to be in pain. Does anyone else have experience with OCD and going to conservative route vs surgery? The vet thought it was worth a try being the symptoms are more on the mild side.

Also, I am thinking about switching to a low calcium low protein dog food. We currently feed Purina One Plus Large Breed (red bag) which is 28% protein, maybe I switch to something with closer to 18%? Any food suggestions?

Also, has anyone treated with Adequan shots? I feel like the adequan plus crating could maybe encourage the bone to heal itself.

Looking for any any all suggestions, I just want my boy to heal up. We will do surgery if we need to but I want to try the rest first.
 

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Not poodles but horses.

I've owned 2 different horses with OCD's. One had surgery with a short recovery/rehab time. One was given time to hopefully re-absorb with more time. They both were on Cosequin & Adaquan shots.
Outcome was the same on both horses. Xrays after two years showed no more OCD's on the one without surgery. Severity of pain and lameness was the determining factor for surgery.
 

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Not poodles but horses.

I've owned 2 different horses with OCD's. One had surgery with a short recovery/rehab time. One was given time to hopefully re-absorb with more time. They both were on Cosequin & Adaquan shots.
Outcome was the same on both horses. Xrays after two years showed no more OCD's on the one without surgery. Severity of pain and lameness was the determining factor for surgery.

That is so good to know. We actually have horses too. That is exactly where we are at, going off of severity of pain and lameness. Hearing that at least makes me somewhat hopefully. Either way I am confident it will all work out in the end.

I think I am going to talk to my vet about the adaquan shots and see if it’s something he would go for, I feel like it certainly couldn’t hurt.
 

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I would give him Rymadyl as well but I don't think it's necessary as he doesn't appear to be in pain.
I'm not familiar with the condition but Rimadyl (Carprofan) is an NSAID, so the anti-inflammatory properties may keep pain from developing.

Was it vet advised or just considering options?
 

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We had a Rottweiler with OCD of the elbows and ununited anconeal process, which caused inflammation and further cartilage damage. He was about a year old when we caught it, but the damage was already severe. He had surgery on both elbows. We kept him very slender per the vet's recommendation. He was on Adequan shots every five days, near his end. W had him euthanized when he was six as he was just suffering too much. We had him checked at an earlier age but it is difficult to diagnose in young pups because of the bone/cartilage development. The specialist did say that the outcome might have been better if they had got him at six months.
 

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We had a Rottweiler with OCD of the elbows and ununited anconeal process, which caused inflammation and further cartilage damage. He was about a year old when we caught it, but the damage was already severe. He had surgery on both elbows. We kept him very slender per the vet's recommendation. He was on Adequan shots every five days, near his end. W had him euthanized when he was six as he was just suffering too much. We had him checked at an earlier age but it is difficult to diagnose in young pups because of the bone/cartilage development. The specialist did say that the outcome might have been better if they had got him at six months.
I am sorry to hear. I have read that cases where it is in the elbows and ankles are generally much worse and have lower prognosis than when they have it at the shoulder joint. There is never a good time but I am definitely glad we caught it when we did.
 

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I'm not familiar with the condition but Rimadyl (Carprofan) is an NSAID, so the anti-inflammatory properties may keep pain from developing.

Was it vet advised or just considering options?
I told the vet I would like to try Rimadyl and glucosamine (after reading success stories). He agreed on the glucosamine but said the rimadyl wouldn't do much since the dog doesn't show signs of pain. So he basically advised against the rimadyl.
 

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Looked at Purina one ingredients and corn gluten meal, chicken by products Not a lot of nutrition in the food. I would go to a natural dog food store and get some better ideas of a dog food. I would research how to get minerals and vitamins for your dog. Kibble goes through a high heat and destroys vitamins and minerals. Do some research on natural ideas to supplement. there is a lot of good info our there. Look into Carna4 sprouted seeds for a supplement. Add in veges and fruit to your kibble for minerals and vitamins.
 
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