Arthritis is a common cause of lameness in dogs. The term arthritis actually means joint inflammation. So, when we refer to arthritis in dogs, what we’re really talking about is joint inflammation.
Inflammation of the joints is caused by many different things, including trauma, infection, and degenerative diseases.
If your dog has been diagnosed with arthritis, you may be wondering what this means for his quality of life. How will it affect his mobility? Will he ever be able to run and play again? What can you do to help him get back on his feet?
What Causes Arthritis in Dogs?
Degenerative joint disease (DJD), also known as osteoarthritis (OA), is one of the most common causes of arthritis in dogs. DJD occurs when there are changes in the structure of a dog’s joints due to aging or injury, causing them to become stiff and painful. DJD can occur at any age but tends to become worse as dogs age.
Trauma-induced arthritis occurs when an injury results in damage or injury to the joint(s). This type of arthritis is often seen after surgery on one or more joints. However, it can also occur after fractures or ligament ruptures.