HOD in dogs – is a condition caused by the rapid bone growth in puppies. Also known as Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy in dogs, it causes severe joint pain (usually in the front joints) and is accompanied with fever.
HOD in dogs occurs in puppies between four and seven months old. The danger with this medical problem is that it can lead to severe secondary infections, like pneumonia. Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy in dogs can be treated and, as long as there are no complications, it is not life threatening.