Joint Disease in Your Pet
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a broad term which encompasses many different conditions of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form, and is also know as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).
Just like in humans, arthritis causes swelling of the joints, stiffness, lameness, pain and reduced mobility, and ultimately reduces quality of life.
There are many possible causes of OA and often a combination of factors are involved, for example: old injuries (fractures or ligament tears), joint infection, joint dysplasia (poorly formed joint), age, genetics/breed.
Although it is very common, we find that frequently owners perceive reduced activity and stiffness of the legs in their dogs as an inevitable part of “old age”, but these could well be signs of arthritis and joint pain. Animals are often very good at hiding pain, they don’t always cry out or whine for example, but limping or stiffness is a sign that your pet may be in pain. We sometimes find that it is only after we have tried treatment, and your dog has a new lease on life and much better mobility, that owners realise just how stiff their pet had become.