Arthritis is very common in domestic cats and dogs. The most common form is the (OA) Osteoarthritis or the (DJD) degenerative joint disease. Reports indicated that out of five dogs or cats, one of them experience it during their lifetime.
Arthritis is not difficult to diagnose. There are some cases that owner bring their aging dogs to the veterinarians. This is also when they notice that they are starting to slow down and are reluctant to stand. Doctor would ask the owner some questions about his/her pets’ health or when the symptoms begin. Does it stay the same or it does it get worse?
After your pets’ history, it will then be examined by the veterinarian. He or she will pay attention to the backs, joints and even to the limbs. In determining the dog’s joint pains, it will often undergo physical examination.
When the physical examination is done, the initial information needed for those aging canine include of urine and blood samples. These will also be submitted to the laboratory for urinalysis and blood work. Routine test does not provide diagnostic data about the condition of the dog with arthritis.
However, this still identifies the infection and inflammation. This will also provide for a valuable data about the baseline health of the. Radiographs or X-rays are an effective tool for assessing and identifying arthritis. These only show the changes in the joint spaces, joint capsules, joint effusion and other body parts.