Q. I am worried about my yearling Irish Draught x. He rests both
his hindlegs most of the time and he has what looks like a fluid-filled
swelling on each hock joint.
where I imagine a bone spavin would be but they are soft and I can't
push them from side to side. He isn't lame and the swellings don't
seem to cause him pain. Do you have any idea what they could be
and what I could do to strengthen his joints?
situation you describe sounds as if it may cause problems in the
future. The swellings are more than likely caused by a build up
of synovial fluid in the hock joint - these are commonly called
bog spavins. However, there is a small chance his problem could
be something more sinister such as osteochondrosis (damage to joint
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The fact he
rests his hindlegs so much might indicate he has a little discomfort
in them. I suggest you start on a supplementation regime to strengthen
the hock joints and this will also ensure that any cartilage damage
heals well or regenerates.
Use a bone
strengthening supplement to ensure the right calcium/magnesium
balance. Also feed the best mineral supplement
you can afford.
Do ask your
vet to look at your yearling. He may decide to X-ray the hock joint
to check for any abnormalities.
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