Does your dog seem stiff lately when walking around? Find out what Osteoarthritis is and how you can help your furry friends be more comfortable.
My 9 year-old Lab began having difficulty keeping up with my 2 year-old Lab, and he sometimes seems stiff when he gets up in the morning. His veterinarian has diagnosed osteoarthritis. I need to know more about this disease.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a complex condition involving inflammation and degeneration of one or more joints. The word osteoarthritis is derived from several words in Greek: osteo meaning “bone,” arthro meaning “joint,” and itis meaning “inflammation.” Dogs with OA experience pain and inflammation in various joints that interfere with the activities of daily living.
OA is diagnosed through a combination of a thorough physical examination, a palpation (feeling with the fingers to localize pain and determine its intensity), and additional diagnostics including x-rays or other imaging technology.
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