Let’s Talk Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is the gradual degeneration of the structures within a joint.
In a healthy joint, the bones have a smooth surface and pads of cartilage so they glide past each other. In an arthritic joint, the bone surfaces are worn or uneven and rub against each other, leading to swelling and pain.
Over time, this action produces new bone growth which causes further inflammation and stiffness. In addition, the body compensates by moving weight away from the painful limb(s), with the resulting changes in gait and loss of muscle causing more strain elsewhere in the body.
It is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs, affecting as many as 80% of dogs over the age of eight.