Osteochondrosis

Osteochondrosis is a non-infectious condition that causes lameness in animals of very rapid growth.

Information

Osteochondrosis is a non-infectious condition characterized by general degeneration of cartilage. It is influenced by genetics and is more commonly seen in fast growing animals. It usually affects animals from 6 weeks to 18 months old. Among the cartilage most commonly affected we have the ones from humerus, femur, ribs and sixth to eighth lumbar vertebrae.

 

Symptoms

Gilts, young boars and fattening stage

  • Lameness.


Causes / Contributing Factors

  • Genetics.
  • Rapid growth.

 

Diagnosis

X-rays or necropsy with an evaluation of joints cartilage; especially in  joints of humerus, and femur; ribs and sixth to eighth lumbar vertebrae.

 

Control/Prevention

  • Genetic selection.
  • Manipulation of the diet to reduce rapid growth especially using extra fiber.
  • Use a deep bed to minimize damage to the cartilage.

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