Mapping: DefaultPageMap
Map Field: BottomMiddle
Ad Slot: PW1_RON_Top_Billboard
Size Mappings: top_billboard_970x250

Dog Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease): Definition

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Arthritis

Definition of Arthritis

Arthritis, also sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease, DJD, osteoarthritis or OA, refers to the inflammation of one or more joints. It can be caused by traumatic injuries, physical deformities, joint infections, genetic predispositions and problems with the immune system. Arthritis is painful, progressive and usually permanent. It is can lead to joint deformities, lameness, stiffness and loss of normal joint function, depending on the number of joints involved and the age and general health of the affected animal. In severe cases, arthritis can be crippling and completely debilitating. Unfortunately, this disease is fairly common in companion dogs. Still, there are a number of things that owners can do to help their arthritic dogs lead full and fairly pain-free lives. These include weight management, dietary and lifestyle changes, surgical procedures and medications and supplements that provide pain relief and may delay further joint damage.

Mapping: DefaultPageMap
Map Field: TopRight
Ad Slot: PW1_RON_Top_Right
Size Mappings: Top_Right
Mapping: DefaultPageMap
Map Field: BottomRight
Ad Slot: PW1_RON_Btm_Right
Size Mappings: Btm_Right
Mapping: DefaultPageMap
Map Field: BottomLeft
Ad Slot: PW1_RON_Btm_Left_300x250
Size Mappings:

Dog Health Center

Lead Poisoning

Dogs can be poisoned when they ingest lead – especially if they have repeated exposure to the substance. Lead is found in a number of places and in a number of different things

Learn more about: Lead Poisoning