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August 26, 2017

What is Osteoarthritis?

  • 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:

  • Limping

  • Stiffness after exercise

  • Exercise intolerance

  • 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...

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