Arthritis is a condition which causes inflammation of the joints. In arthritic joints the cartilage is damaged and becomes less smooth, causing bone surfaces to rub together. This causes pain, discomfort and stiffness. With time joint fluid is affected, which reduces lubrication of the cartilage, as well as provision of oxygen and nutrients to the cartilage.
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Causes of arthritis
Arthritis can present itself in dogs of any age or condition, for example due to bone or joint problems. However, certain factors do make it more likely.
Obese patients are more likely to develop arthritis – and our nurses provide weight loss clinics to help avoid obesity and the problems it causes.
It can also be more common in older dogs due to wear and tear which builds up over their lifetime. We offer senior pet wellness checks to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help your pet remain healthy as they enter their golden years.
Mechanical stress, injury and poor conformation can also cause and exacerbate arthritis.