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Equine OCD - OsteochondrosisTweet
Equine Osteochondrosis is the correct form of the more commonly used form Equine OCD. Equine OCD is an equine degenerative disease considered to have a heavy genetic bearing and affecting, for the most part, the larger breeds of equine who have inherited a genetic trait of rapid growth .
Equine OCD is a condition in which fragments of bone and cartilage, normally at the ends of long bones, break loose and lodge themselves in the joint space of the foot, causing equine OCD. OCD is a very painful condition causing lameness and sometimes leads to equine arthritis at a later stage.
The symptoms of equine OCD
lameness and stiffness in the affected joints, pain in some cases, and using a leg in an outward circular motion to avoid the pain involved in bending the joint affected by OCD.
The causes of equine OCD
These can start with genetic influences, particularly with horses that have fast growth spurts, excess weight, overexertion or incorrect shoeing.