Plasma Fatty Acid Profiles During the First Year in Dogs with and without Hip Dysplasia: Preliminary Results



At the Military Veterinary Center of Grossetto, where operative dogs from the Italian Army are raised and trained, more than 70 % of the discharges for unfitness are due to articular pathologies like hip and elbow dysplasia. The aim of this study was to investigate fatty acid metabolism of dogs during the growth phase, and its modulation by a fish-based diet. Only 2 out of the 32 subjects were affected by articular pathologies during the study. Still, both subjects had lower levels of arachidonic acid and higher levels of docosahexaenoic acid. Moreover, we observed that the ratio of eicosapentaenoic to docosahexaenoic acids, an indicator of delta-6 desaturase activity, drops dramatically during the first year in the German shepherd.


Dog Dysplasia Fatty acids 



This research was supported by the Italian “Ministero della difesa,” grant name: “Ricerca sull’incidenza dell’artrosi nel cane militare e strategia di prevenzione e controllo”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro Militare VeterinarioGrossetoItaly
  2. 2.agn Genetics GmbHDavosSwitzerland
  3. 3.Comando Logistico dell’EsercitoRomaItaly
  4. 4.Ospedale Militare VeterinarioMontelibrettiItaly
  5. 5.Corso Addestramento e Allevamento CaniCastiglione del LagoItaly
  6. 6.Dipartimento Scienze degli AlimentiUdineItaly

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