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Arthritis in dogs: Symptoms, causes and what you can do to help your pet

Arthritis in dogs: Symptoms, causes and what you can do to help your pet

As your dog is getting older you might notice he or she has decreased mobility or is maybe even in pain, This could be the first dign of arthritis.

Dr. Emi Saito, of Banfield Pet Hospital, talked for care.com all about arthritis in pets, including things you can do to help prevent it.

There are three forms of arthritis that are most commonly seen in pets: osteoarthritis, septic arthritis, and immune-mediated arthritis.


Osteoarthritis is the most common form seen in pets. This type of arthritis damages the joint tissue.

“The primary cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, but the condition can be the result of a variety of causes, including trauma, genetics or other conditions that lead to abnormal wear of the joint,” Saito says. “This can include joint dislocation, torn knee ligament, hip dysplasia and luxating patella.”

Septic arthritis

This type of arthritis is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection of the joint. Inflammation will cause pain in the joint.

Immune-mediated arthritis

This is due to the pet’s own immune system invading the joints and causing joint inflammation. For some pets, the underlying cause of this can be unknown.

If you want to read in more detail about arthritis in dogs, symptoms, causes, and what you can do to help your dog you can read it HERE.

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