to the Pet Arthritis Resource Center
Arthritis in Pets
is a chronic, slowly progressing condition that is caused by the
breakdown and destruction of your pet's cartilage. As that occurs,
the bony structures begin to rub against one another causing pain
Joint Disease involves some kind of a breakdown or destruction
in portions of the joint, usually cartilage. Just as in the case
of osteoarthritis, this condition does not necessarily mean that
your pet is experiencing any inflammation.
Dysplasia is characterized by a malformed "ball
and joint" socket in your animal. As you might expect, this
ill-fitting combination causes a series of complications. Here,
chronic inflammation is common; calcium build-ups occur; there is
muscle pain; and the tissue in the surrounding areas begin to break
information on hip dysplasia.
Dysplasia is a condition that is typically hereditary
and most generally found in larger breeds of dogs. Bones become
malformed and usually results in "bone chips" that are
very painful. Typically, your pet will exhibit some lameness when
suffering from this condition.
(Dysplasia) is also characterized by malformed bones
and bone "chips." It is painful and often obviates itself
since the pet is lame and/or limping as the condition progresses.
(Stifle) joint typically involves torn ligaments which
cause instability in the joint. Dislocation of the knee joint
is also a problem. Inflammation is common since this is a joint
that is subjected to a lot of stress and strain. In most cases it
is a result of poor breeding.
is a condition where you are contending with a medical condition
that results from poor breeding. Improper or inadequate diet can
also cause this condition (both factors may be at play). It is characterized
by cartilage deterioration and tissue is generally both inflamed
Arthritis involves excessive bone growth and/or "spurs"
on the joints themselves. In such situations, the pet is typically
experiencing a lot of pain.
(Degeneration) is usually a multi-factorial situation
making a clear-cut cause difficult to isolate. An unstable joint,
osteochondrosis or even trauma may be the cause.
(Or, a combination of factors).
Arthritis (Carpi) might be compared to "carpal tunnel
syndrome" seen in humans. Usually, this area of the pet's body
is affected more frequently with pets who are very active.
(Dislocation) is usually caused by poorly formed leg
bones which secondarily, allow the kneecap to move or "pop"
out of its normal position. Usually, this is either an inherited
condition or results from poor breeding.
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