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Dog Health: Osteoarthritis (OA)

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This is Jock.  He suffers with the dog health problem, osteoarthritis in his left hip. Also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), osteoarthritis is a painful and progressive disease (i.e. it continues to get worse over time), that involves the permanent, long-term deterioration and destruction of the cartilage and components surrounding the joints, which results in chronic pain, inflammation and …

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Dog Health: Hip dysplasia

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Lovely Tilly suffers with a dog health condition, dysplasia in both of her hip joints. Primarily an inherited condition, hip dysplasia is a common problem for all dog breeds, but is more prevalent in large/giant, fast growing breeds. The condition results from an improperly formed hip joint (which is a ‘ball and socket’ joint), whereby the joint loosens with age. …

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Dog Health: Spondylosis

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Meet Holly (she’s the little lady on the left). Holly suffers with a dog health condition, spondylosis, which is  associated with aging.  Also known as a ‘middle-aged’ disease, some researchers are of the opinion that every dog will develop spondylosis if it lives long enough (VCA Animal Hospitals, 2014b). Spondylosis is a condition that affects the bones of the spine …

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Dog Health: Osteochondrosis

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Monty* suffers from a dog health problem called osteochondrosis. It is a disease of the bone cartilage that affects his shoulder joints. It is a condition whereby the the normal process of bone development is disrupted. This disturbance causes irregular and continued growth of the cartilage found at the end of the bone, and this results in abnormally thick areas of …