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    11-25-2011, 11:00 AM
My yearling was just diagnosed with OCD

My yearling was just diagnosed with OCD and we were told the prognosis is not very good. I can't believe that. Does anyone have experience with this? I have attached his x-ray. What are my options? I hope somebody has good news for me.
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    11-25-2011, 12:03 PM
Green Broke
I'm sorry for your diagnosis. Is your yearling a Paint?
    11-25-2011, 12:05 PM
No he is a Appaloosa/Quarter Horse
    11-25-2011, 12:11 PM
I am sorry that your horse has OCD. I think your vet is correct though- there is a typical OCD lesion in the picture of the radiograph you posted. Have you and your vet discussed options? I presume your yearling is lame, and that's why you took him in to get it worked up? :(
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    11-25-2011, 12:13 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by pattyschuler    
no he is a Appaloosa/Quarter Horse
Oh Ok, thanks. I only asked because I've seen it in Paints.
I'm terrible at reading x-rays. Is there some bone on bone going on there? What has your vet said?
    11-25-2011, 03:19 PM
My vet didn't really give me any option she just said he needs surgery. He is severely lame. He doesn't even want to put weight on it. She told me to keep him in his stall and only hand walk him, but we find that he is worse standing in his stall than when he is outside moving around a bit. Does anyone know the approximate cost of the surgery?
    11-25-2011, 03:55 PM
He wont get better without surgery, but I am surprised she didn't give you an estimate for it. Has he been gelded? OCD can be a genetic issue, at least in part. After they go in and clean out the chunks of bone and cartilage grinding around in there he should be more comfortable, and then they'll be able to give you an idea about his athletic prospects.
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    11-25-2011, 06:22 PM
Green Broke
Awe, poor little guy!

I don't know what I am looking at on the x-ray either, but I just wanted to say that I feel for you. I have a foal that was born with a leg deformity. It's always something, isn't it?

Interestingly enough, my friend has a Queensland Heeler puppy that has been limping on and off for months. Finally got a diagnosis and surgery and he had some little bone chips floating in his elbow. He got those removed and should be healing up nicely as we speak.

I got the impression that OCD is similar, with little bits of cartilage or tissue floating around or rubbing around where it doesn't belong, correct?

I wish him the best of luck and I hope you can get him heeled one way or another.
    11-25-2011, 10:04 PM
My mom started this thread, and I thank you all for the kind words. If anyone knows of horses who have had OCD, I would really appreciate their feedback on the surgery and how the horse is doing now. I wanted to barrel race him in the future, and I can't tell how severe his case is. As my mom said the vet didn't sound very optimistic at all. Please let us know anything that you possibly can. We found out on wednesday and because of the holiday we haven't heard back from anyone or been able to get in touch with any vets.
    11-25-2011, 10:14 PM
Originally Posted by tealamutt    
OCD is only treatable with surgery and even then results and prognosis are highly variable. Many believe that OCD is a nutritional disease associated with rapid growth.
OCD by definition means that the cartilage has been damaged, forming a "flap" which is breaking away from the end of the bone and causing inflammation, often resulting in necrotic bone beneath this cartilage. While bone can heal, this cartilage doesn't have a lot of regeneration potential. The best that can be hoped for is a repair with fibrocartilage which means the joint will not be normal and the animal is highly likely to develop arthritis.
This was posted on an old thread regarding the OCD Pellets for horses and their efficacy. Just thought it might help.

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