Canine arthritis, or more precisely osteoarthritis (OA) is a common problem seen in dogs. Unlike human OA, canine OA is almost always secondary to an orthopedic problem such as ACL tears, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, fractures involving joints, etc. Unlike humans, dogs almost never develop OA due to aging alone.
The first line of defense in treating canine OA is determining the underlying cause. For example, treating a patient for OA secondary to an ACL tear is usually unrewarding. If you feel your pet has OA we suggest a consultation with one of our doctors to determine the underlying cause prior to spending time and money on ineffective treatments.