Arthritis is a condition where one or more joints become swollen or inflamed. It can affect the hips, elbows, knees, and neck.
There are two types of arthritis:
While arthritis normally affects older dogs, and worsens with age, dogs of any age can have it.
In order to properly diagnose your dog with arthritis, your veterinarian will begin with the following:
You veterinarian may also perform the following tests:
The course of treatment depends mainly on what is causing the disease.
If treatments are not helping the pain:
There is no known prevention.
There is no cure for arthritis, but your veterinarian can give you treatment options so you dog can live a comfortable life. You should pay attention to your dog’s movements, as catching arthritis early leaves more options for your dog to live comfortably.
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