Arthritis in dogs is a painful, life-altering disease that cannot be cured, only treated and prevented.
Arthritis is actually a collective term for a number of rheumatological diseases. Osteoarthritis, which is the result of wear and tear on the joints, is also known as arthritis, as is rheumatoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory disease of the cartilage.
Of course, not all musculoskeletal and joint conditions are arthritis. It is a slowly spreading disease that causes the cartilage to weaken, losing its function between the bones. Without cartilage, movement becomes difficult and painful, articulation becomes inflamed, all of which can be seen in limping or complete cessation of movement.
Joint inflammation in dogs
The components that connect the bones together are the articulations, including the cartilage-covered bone ends (articular surface). These are the areas where the bones come into contact. The most important component of the articulation is cartilage, which helps the bones move. The movement of cartilage is ensured by synovial fluid. Since movement is an essential part of dogs’ lives, stress on their articulations (infection, autoimmune disease, metabolic disorders, trauma, etc.) can affect their lives.
Pathological changes that occur in the articulations are called arthritis. It is divided into several categories, with osteoarthritis being the most common in dogs.