My dear Lilly has been suffering from arthritis since she was only three years old. I first took her to see her Veterinarian thinking she had hurt her shoulder. After an examination and x-rays it was determined that she was in fact suffering from Arthritis in multiple joints. Then I realised that she had been suffering from a number of arthritic symptoms such as reduced activity, stiffness especially when getting up, finding it hard to sit or lie down, increase in weight, limping / lame and irritability.
Arthritis or degenerative joint disease (DJD) doesn’t only affect humans, it is in fact one of the most common ailments suffered by our canine friends. Arthritis is when the cartilage between the bones wears away and becomes rough. Sometimes the cartilage deteriorates so badly that the bones will rub together. The other part of DJD is when the synovial fluid in the joints becomes watery and thin, meaning there is less shock absorption inside the joint. This painful degenerative disease does not discriminate and can affect dogs of any breed or age.