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: Additional Information/References: Additional Information on Rimadyl Warnings:

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.