Dogs can be affected by Osteoarthritis which is caused by the degradation of the cartilage within a joint. The breakdown of cartilage can reduce the function of the joint and create pain or stiffness. Mild arthritis is uncomfortable but severe arthritis is very painful. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include: stiffness of the joints, favouring one leg over another, difficulty in sitting or standing, hesitancy to jump, and decreased activity level.
A Note of Caution on Rimadyl There have been some major side effects (including liver toxicity and death) to the drug Rimadyl. It is strongly recommended that this issue be thoroughly discussed with your Veterinarian. In addition, Rimadyl is also known as "Carprofen" and "Zenecarp".Also see:
- The Pet Arthritis Resource Center An informational resource for anyone looking for information on arthritis in dogs, arthritis in cats, hip dysplasia, arthritis treatments, and glucosamine for pets.
- Arthritis - Dog Arthritis Cure on the Horizon Concerned about arthritis in your dog? A new method for early detection of this debilitating disease in dogs could lead to a cure. (NEW 25 April 2012)
- Arthritis In Dogs What You Can Do To Help Your Dog by William F. Smith
- Glucosamine For Dog Arthritis: Is It Safe? by Barbara Allan
- When Arthritis Attacks Your Dog by David P Lee (Article Added 23 Jan 08)
- Rimadyl Take Action Page! Signs of a Potentially Life-threatening Reaction to Rimadyl From the Senior Dogs Project
- Rimadyl: News, Views & Advisories from The Senior Dogs Project
Note: This section of Canada's Guide to Dogs is intended as a source of information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Always consult with your Veterinarian about health related matters.