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Nutrition-related sceletal deformation in a puppy (case report)
Renal failure is a common problem in dogs. Normally, in these cases the owners are advised to feed special kidney diets. No problem in mature dogs. But one must be aware of sceletal problems if such a diet is applied to a growing puppy, as this interesting case report illustrates.

A commercially available, renal failure diet was used to manage suspected renal failure in a 10-week-old Shetland sheepdog puppy.

Rickets subsequently developed, possibly from low phosphorous intake and an increased calcium to phosphorus ratio.

Decreased dietary calcium in addition to decreased phosphorus may have played a role in decreasing bone mineral density.

Lethargy, decreased long bone growth, angular limb deformity, and osteopenia occurred, but these signs resolved within 3 months with nutritional management.




Source: Chantal J. McMillan, Dominique J. Griffon, Steven L. Marks, Glenna E. Mauldin (2006): Dietary-Related Skeletal Changes in a Shetland Sheepdog Puppy. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 42:57-64 (2006)





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