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Arthritis: overview

Contributor(s): Matthew Pead

Introduction

  • Osteoarthritis (OA Arthritis: osteoarthritis ) is a familiar problem for veterinary practitioners. Numerous dogs, and an increasing number of cats, suffer from secondary osteoarthritis.
  • Many patients display signs from an early age, as their OA is secondary to a developmental joint problem.
  • The dictionary definition of arthritis is Inflammation of a joint or joints characterized by pain and stiffness of the affected parts, but it has become a word used by the healthcare professional and the public alike to encompass almost any condition involving a joint.

    Sub-dividing the disease into types of similar clinical presentation and pathophysiology provides a practical approach to dealing with arthritis Arthritis: pathophysiological classification.Print off the owner factsheet Arthritis Arthritis to give to your client.

Pathophysiology

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Clinical picture

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Management

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Classification of arthritis

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Beale B S (2004) Use of nutraceuticals and chondroprotectants in osteoarthritic dogs and cats. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 34 (1), 271-289, viii PubMed.
  • Martel-Pelletier J (1998) Pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage (6), 374-376 PubMed.
  • Johnston S A & Budsberg S C (1997) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids for the management of canine osteoarthritis. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 27 (4), 841-862 PubMed.


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