Osteoarthritis is a common disease that can occur particularly in seniors and large dog breeds. Unfortunately, this is a chronic condition, which means that there is no cure for it, but if you identify the symptoms when the disease is in its early stages, you can manage its progress and improve your dog’s quality of life.
This disease is also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) and is characterized by a progressively worsening inflammation of the joint. Your beloved furry friend can develop it when their cartilages start to deteriorate – the cartilage is responsible for allowing the joint to move. In other words, when the cartilage is broken down, joint inflammation occurs affecting your dog’s ability to move properly. The cartilage can be adversely affected by a lot of factors, such as your dog’s age, stress, other disease and injuries.
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