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Dogs Get Arthritis Too

Osteoarthritis, OA for short, is a joint disease that affects people as well as dogs. OA can be as painful for our dogs as it is for us. In healthy joints, a slippery tissue called cartilage cushions the ends of the bones in the joints.  With OA, cartilage breaks down, causing pain and swelling.

 There are 4 main risk factors to consider.

  1. Age: Some dogs show signs as early as the age of one year. Most dogs will show signs of OA as they get older—80% by age 8.
  2. Breed: Certain large breeds like Labs, Retrievers, and Shepherds are more likely to develop OA at a young age. However, small to medium-sized dogs can have OA too.
  3. Joint issues: Hip dysplasia, knee problems, a ligament injury, and joint surgery can put your dog at risk for OA.
  4. Weight: It’s important to know the optimal weight for your dog’s breed. Try to keep him close to that weight to minimize stress on his joints.


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