What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that affects people as well as dogs and cats. OA can be as painful for our furry friends 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. As OA gets worse, bone spurs can form, causing more pain and joint damage. When this happens, your pet may become less active or show signs of stiffness when getting up.
However, OA can be difficult to recognise and your pet may not show any signs of OA. That’s why it’s important to talk to your veterinarian today about keeping your dog or cat active and youthful. The earlier you start the better chance you have of bringing out the puppy or kitten inside of them.
Check out the video below about OA in dog. Don’t forget to take our quiz’s below to find out if your pet is at risk of developing Osteoarthritis!