Degenerative Joint Disease in Dogs and Cats

Osteoarthritis

This is when there is a progressive deterioration of the cartilage surrounding the joints. Arthritis is the medical term for inflammation of the joints, while osteoarthritis is referring to a form of chronic joint inflammation caused by the deterioration of joint cartilage.

Symptoms

  • Limping
  • Reduced activity
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Lameness

Causes

There is no known cause for primary DJD. Secondary DJD causes can include long-term wear and tear on the joints,
a congenital defect
or obesity.

Treatments

There is no known cure, however you can try preventing it through diet, exercise, and the use of joint supplements.

This condition is common in the following Dogs & Cats

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