Dog Health: Osteo Arthritis

Dog | Osteo Arthritis

An Introduction to Osteo Arthritis

Dr Erin Coomer BVSc - Veterinarian

Learn about Osteoarthritis, how it can affect your dog, and what options are available to manage this type of digestive condition.

Causes of Osteo Arthritis

Cartilage is one of the shock absorbers of the joint.  When it gets damaged, inflammatory changes occur, leading to damage of the cartilage and eventually leading to damage of the underlying bone.  These changes are permanent.  Damaged bone causes pain. Osteoarthritis can occur in any dog, and is more common as they get older. ...
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Symptoms of Osteo Arthritis


  Reluctance to exercise

  Difficulty or slow to rise from resting


Attitude change

  Struggling with climbing stairs

  Licking a (sore) joint.

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Treatment of Osteo Arthritis

The goal is to slow down the progression of the disease.

A multi faceted approach is needed.  Your plan will likely need to be modified in the future, depending at what speed the disease progresses and your dogs’ mobility deteriorates.  Your Veterinarian will help to guide you with the following options.

1.  Weight Reduction. ...
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