Nearly one-third of all adult cats and dogs suffer from arthritis. Arthritis can affect any joint but is most commonly seen in the hips, knees, and elbows. Obesity, as well as previous injury, are predisposing factors in the development of arthritis.



A diagnosis of arthritis is generally based on physical examination and radiographic findings, although blood tests may be useful in ruling out other possible disease processes, such as tick-borne disease or a ligament tear. Analysis of joint fluid can also be helpful in differentiating arthritis from other diseases that may affect joint health, such as infection or an immune-mediated process.


Treatment for arthritis involves a multi-modal approach, including such treatments as: