Arthritis in Dogs and Cats: Diagnosis

Severe inflammatory fluid accumulation (green arrow) and extensively remodeled bone (red arrow) throughout the knee joint.

The most important tools for diagnosing arthritis in dogs and cats (including osteoarthritis, or OA)are a detailed client history and a thorough physical examination by your veterinarian. It is helpful to know when clinical signs (symptoms) first developed, how quickly they … [Read more...]

Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

old cat

It is helpful to think of a joint not just as a mechanical location, but as an active organ system. Your pet’s joints contain living tissues which require nutrients, modify in response to demands, attempt repair of injury, and fall victim to infection or chronic … [Read more...]

Degenerative Joint Disease in Dogs

X-Ray of a Dog with Normal Hips

    Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) in dogs is a condition in which the cartilage, or padding tissue, within the joint degenerates resulting in inflammation inside the joint. This inflammation is painful and over time worsens, creating a vicious cycle. … [Read more...]

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease in Dogs

Terrier Puppy

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease in dogs is a condition caused by death of the tissue, called necrosis, within the femoral head. The femoral head is the portion of the thigh bone that meets the pelvis to form the hip joint. The necrosis is caused by a lack of blood supply to the … [Read more...]