The Oxford Dictionary definition:

Arthritis /ɑːˈθrʌɪtɪs/ an inflammation of the joints and

Osteoathritis /ˌɒstɪəʊɑːˈθrʌɪtɪs/ inflammation of the bones of a joint

Whatever the definition osteoarthritis is a painful condition that afflicts animals in much the same way as it does humans. Arthritis can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, including infection, trauma, and general wear and tear. The most common form of arthritis in dogs, is due to age or overuse, injury, developmental conditions or hereditary diseases such as hip dysplasia.

While all dogs regardless of age or breed can be affected by arthritis, certain factors increase a dog’s risk. Large breeds, such as Labrador’s, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds, are more prone to arthritis. Obesity can place undue strain on joints resulting in arthritis. And, as with humans, they are more likely to encounter arthritis as they get older due to the everyday wear and tear on their joints.


Symptoms of Osteoarthritis


Swollen joints

Popping and cracking when the joint moves

Muscle wasting (the muscles by the joint become smaller)

Licking of the joint area

Slow to rise up from a resting position

Loss of appetite or unusual weight gain

Unwillingness to walk, jump, or climb stairs

Accidents in the house

Whining, panting, or whimpering

Depression or irritation

Here at Fur Life Vet we have created a short Quiz to help you identify if your dog is at risk of getting arthritis.

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And if you have a general question about arthritis* fill in the form below. One of our super friendly Fur Life Vet’s will email you back an answer within 48 hours. Or you can call one of our Fur Life Vet Clinics listed at the foot of this page.

* Please note questions should be general questions about arthritis. We cannot provide a diagnosis of your pet’s specific issues via this forum, to do so please make an appointment for your pet at one of our clinics listed below.

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