Osteoarthritis is common amongst both dogs and people-it's one of the things about which we can commiserate with our furry companions. Put simply, "osteoarthritis" means "bony joint inflammation." Just like in people, arthritis is the result of bony changes within joints; once the cartilaginous "brake pads" have worn down, bone grinds on bone, resulting in microtrauma, inflammation, and pain. This, then, often leads to decreased use of limbs, muscle wasting, and immobility.
Perhaps because we can relate to the woes of arthritis, it is a common thing for vets to address at any given appointment. If improperly managed, arthritis can lead to premature euthanasia due to extreme discomfort. Here are the basics for managing arthritis in your dog to help ensure a long, happy life. Read more here>>