Osteochondrodysplasia in a young cat of the Scottish Fold breed: case report

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Mariana Palha de Brito Jardim
Luiza Freire de Farias
Gabriela de Carvalho Cid
Heloisa Justen Moreira de Souza
Katia Barão Corgozinho
Ricardo Siqueira da Silva


Scottish Fold cats have an autosomal dominant gene that determines the occurrence of forward-bent ears and varying degrees of osteochondrodysplasia. The objective of this work is to report a case of osteochondrodysplasia in a young Scottish Fold cat, highlighting the clinical and pathological characteristics and the therapeutic behaviour adopted by the clinical picture, aiming to disseminate information related to the particularities of this feline racial pattern. A Scottish Fold male domestic cat, 12 months old, was brought to clinical care due to the complaint of locomotor difficulty. In the radiographic evaluation, the tarsal joints were hypoplastic, with abnormal axis angulation in the metatarsals, phalanges and related joints, compatible with osteochondrodysplasia. Already in the hip joints, mild hip dysplasia was evident. Treatment consisted of gabapentin, chondroitin sulfate and omega-3. This is the first report of osteochondrodysplasia in a Scottish Fold in Brazil. The osteoarticular deformities observed in the Scottish Fold feline with osteochondrodysplasia are a concern, due to the patient’s quality of life impairment and the absence of a curative treatment for this condition, so the study was able to expand the information regarding the inherent characteristics of this disease racial pattern.

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Jardim, M. P. de B., de Farias, L. F., Cid, G. de C., de Souza, H. J. M., Corgozinho, K. B., & da Silva, R. S. (2018). Osteochondrodysplasia in a young cat of the Scottish Fold breed: case report. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 39(2), 133–137. Retrieved from http://rbmv.org/index.php/BJVM/article/view/924
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