Diet and exercise as potential risk factors for osteochondritis dissecans in dogs

Slater, M.R.; Scarlett, J.M.; Donoghue, S.; Kaderly, R.E.; Bonnett, B.N.; Cockshutt, J.; Erb, H.N.

American Journal of Veterinary Research 53(11): 2119-2124

1992


ISSN/ISBN: 0002-9645
PMID: 1466510
Document Number: 178
A matched case-control study was conducted to evaluate dietary components and exercise patterns as potential risk factors for osteochondritis dissecans in dogs. A telephone interview, with a standard questionnaire and protocol, was used to collect data on dietary intake of calories and nutrients and on the usual amounts and types of exercise of each dog. Thirty-one dogs with osteochondritis dissecans and 60 controls were matched on the basis of breed, sex, and age. Using a conditional logistic regression model, high dietary calcium, playing with other dogs, and drinking well water (rather than city water) were associated with increased risk of osteochondritis dissecans. Feeding of specialty dry dog foods was associated with decreased risk.

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Diet and exercise as potential risk factors for osteochondritis dissecans in dogs