Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs, and is also the most common form of arthritis – a painful disease which affects your dogs’ joints.
Arthritis occurs when the protective layers of cartilage that cushion the joints begin to deteriorate causing inflammation and pain.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease and the effects tend to worsen with age.
What are the Common Signs of Osteoarthritis?
Dogs with osteoarthritis tend to display the following clinical signs:
Stiffness after exercise
Difficulty rising, sitting or climbing stairs
Changes in general behaviour
Loss of appetite
How is Osteoarthritis Diagnosed?
If your veterinary surgeon feels that your dog is displaying any of the common clinical signs, they may recommend carrying out some x-rays, along with a thorough clinical examination. X-rays will involve a general anaesthetic and a stay in the hospital for the...