Degenerative Joint Disease in Dogs and Cats


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.


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


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.


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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