|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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