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Dr. Bauer is a board certified veterinary surgeon and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Bauer reviews the clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment of arthritis in dogs.
Canine arthritis is one of the most common problems seen in dogs. Unlike people, canine arthritis is virtually always secondary to an underlying problem and often affects dogs prior to their first birthday.
Clinical signs of arthritis in a dog are variable but generally involve limping, difficulty rising or lack of interest in going for long walks or playing. The diagnosis and treatments revolve around determining the underlying cause. Arthroscopy plays a key role in both diagnosis and treatment in many cases. Overall, treatment is aimed at correcting the underlying cause before the dog’s arthritis becomes severe.