Rickets in dog

Common info

Rickets in dogs is a disease that mostly occurs in puppies. If not getting proper treatment, it might cause disability, fragile bone, permanently bowed legs.


In 1645, there’s a report on rickets in infants and also young animals such as rickets in dogs which caused by receiving inadequate nutrients.


Rickets in dogs is derived from the lack of vitamin D, not receiving adequate nutrients, animals that are caged inside and don’t get exposed to the sun, lack of minerals and calcium, lack of phosphorus, and uneven proportion of calcium and phosphorus.  These can cause Rickets.


  • Bone pain
  • Stiff legs
  • Swollen bone
  • Difficulty in getting up
  • Joint pain
  • Bowed legs
  • Leg abnormality
  • Fractured bone
  • Jaw bone syndrome

The spongy part of the bone from each joint to be swollen such as ankle joint, knee joint, bending bone, a bulge on the rib bone area especially on the cartilage joint. If not getting treated properly, dogs will be skinny, diarrhea, swollen abdomen.

Treatment and Prevention

For Treatment Rickets in Dogs

  • Dogs need to take 1-2 pills of cod liver oil daily until they get better.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of bone meal in food or give them calcium supplements every day.
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