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Types of Arthritis – Canine Inflammatory Joint Disease

There are many similar symptoms of arthritis for dogs.   For dogs the most common form of arthritis – canine osteoarthritis is sadly not the only kind which could be affecting your pet.  The other form of arthritis for dogs is Inflammatory Joint Disease.

Arthritis – Canine Inflammatory Joint Disease

canine arthritis typesThis form of arthritis for dogs can be caused either by an infection or by another immune-mediated disease.    An infection leading to swollen joints and arthritic symptoms may be caused by bacteria, fungus or tick borne diseases.  The immune-mediated form of canine arthritis occurs when the bodies own immune system attacks the joints, damaging them itself.

Both forms of Inflammatory Joint Disease require completely different treatments.  The first will need infection fighting drugs whilst the second relies on immuno-suppresents.  The cause of the problem must be ascertained by a vet as immuno-suppresents given in error could worsen infections.

Inflammatory Joint Disease is likely to cause more symptoms for your dog than regular osteoarthritis.  Fever, multiple joints being affected and loss of appetite are common.

Treating Dogs with Arthritis (Inflammatory Joint Disease)

Dogs will need to be given medication to treat the infection, or to suppress their own immune system depending on which form of this arthritis they are suffering from.  Steroids may be required as well as anti-inflammatory and pain medication.

As well as medical intervention, the same rules apply for dogs with this type of arthritis as those with osteoarthritis.  Gentle exercise, reduction of excess weight, massage and acupuncture can all help the arthritic dog enjoy a good quality of life.


Written by Karl

2 Responses to 'Types of Arthritis – Canine Inflammatory Joint Disease'

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  1. Are there probiotics for lactocse intolerant dogs?


    24 May 11 at 11:59 am

  2. @ Debbie – Veterinary probiotics such as Fortiflora for dogs will be suitable for lactose intolerant dogs.


    26 May 11 at 12:30 am

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