Osteoarthritis in dogs
Osteoarthritis is a joint disorder caused by the breakdown of joint cartilage. More than 90% of dogs older than 5 years experience some degree of osteoarthritis. Disorders such as hip dysplasia, genetic joint disorders, infections, extreme physical strain, trauma and overweight may increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Recognizing joint problems in dogs
Osteoarthritis is incurable, and the symptoms gradually worsen over time. That’s why it’s important for veterinarians to identify this disorder at an early stage. Consult your veterinarian if you think your dog may be suffering from osteoarthritis. The right diet can help support the joints affected by osteoarthritis.
Treatment focuses on preventing further breakdown of the cartilage and on minimizing pain. Preventing overweight can slow the onset of osteoarthritis.
If you have a large or genetically susceptible breed, have your veterinarian test your dog early on. The veterinarian will check your dog for genetic joint disorders and hip dysplasia. Excess weight puts excessive strain on the joints. It is a good idea to weigh your dog regularly.
- joint pain
- reduced mobility
- reduced enjoyment of activities