Author: Gary Edelson, DVM

Arthritis in Dogs and Cats – Part 2

This article is part two in a series on arthritis in pets. To catch up, please read part one. Arthritis (degenerative joint disease) is a chronic degenerative disease that can affect any joint but commonly affects the hip, knee (stifle), ankle (hock), elbow, wrist (carpus) and even the spine (intervertebral joints) of pets. Arthritis occurs when the joint cartilage is affected, either through a traumatic event, chronic wear and tear, and obesity or when the joint is congenitally abnormal. Cartilage decreases joint stress by reducing impact on the ends of bones in the joint, like a shock absorber. When...

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Arthritis in Dogs and Cats – Part 1

A pet does not have to be older to require joint care supplementation or pain control. Degenerative joint disease (DJD), also referred to as arthritis, can result from poor joint conformation (genetics) or can result from an injury. The anatomy of the joint and the disease process is very important to understand when discussing the actions of different medications. There are several different types of joint within an animal’s body. When discussing arthritis, the joints we are often concerned about are synovial joints (also called diarthrodial joints). Synovial joints are made up of two bones and a fibrous capsule...

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Doc, Help! My Diabetic Dog Cannot See

“Dear Dr. Gary,
My dog has been diagnosed with diabetes for several years and recently started to bump into walls and furniture. My veterinarian said that my dog has ‘diabetic’ cataracts. Is there anything I can do to help my dog see? Thank you, Liz”

Like Liz, many owners’ dogs face the challenges of taking care of a pet with diabetes and its complications. Here is some important information to help you to deal with cataracts in dogs.

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High Blood Pressure in Pets

High blood pressure is an important concern in humans. Stressful lifestyle, high salt (sodium) diets, and smoking all contribute to this dangerous condition in people. Our pets don’t smoke or stay awake worrying about their next mortgage payment and they do not deposit cholesterol in their blood vessels. However, our pets do get high blood pressure.

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