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    OCD surgery

    Not to be confused with obsessive compulsive disorder, OCD stands for osteochondrosis dissecans. OCD is an abnormality in the formation of cartilage into bone in growing puppies. The cartilage becomes thickened and may become loose which is painful to the dog. This disease is common in fast-growing large and giant breed dogs. Dogs are young, usually 4-6 months of age, and present with a lameness. Lesions can be visualized radiographically (on x-ray). Surgery may be recommended to remove the devitalized cartilage and restore comfort to the patient.