Canine Osteoarthritis

You can help your dog's mobility by understanding how joint health can benefit them. Dogs in their adolescence are active. Their jumping, zooming, and zigzagging are not to be missed. Senior dogs often suffer from joint pain, inflammation in their joints, stiffness, and difficulty moving as well as genetic diseases such as osteoarthritis, which causes them severe pain.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the synovial joint, synovial fluid, cartilage, and bone. One in five dogs will experience arthritis in their lifetime. It usually starts slowly, causing inflammation in the joints, then progressively causing the cartilage and joint fluid to break down. When this occurs, it causes bone-on-bone rubbing.

There are three different types of joints




There are four stages of Osteoarthritis

Stage 1

Minor bone spurs start to develop

Cartilage breakdown begins

Cartilage lesions can occur, causing friction, inflammation, and pain

Stage 2 (Mild)

Erosion of the bone due to cartilage lesions

More bone spur growth

Natural proteoglycan loss of the articular cartilage

Stage 3 (Moderate)

Thinning of cartilage between the bones

Narrowing the space between the bones

Stage 4 (Severe)

Joint space dramatically reduced

Cartilage loss is almost gone

Reduced joint mobility

Recognize The Symptoms Of Canine Arthritis.

  • Difficulty Climbing stairs
  • Stiffness in the legs when walking
  • Unexpected aggression
  • Lameness in the joints
  • Inflammation in the joints
  • Licking and chewing at joints and paws
  • Difficulty jumping up and down things
  • Being lethargic
  • Not wanting to be touched or cuddled
  • Shifting posture 
  • Yelping when touched
  • Muscle loss


Early detection can be the key to further damage and treatment of osteoarthritis.

Treatment of canine osteoarthritis

There are numerous treatments available for managing osteoarthritis.
Prescribed pharmaceutical drugs
Experimental treatment
Nutraceutical supplements (Canine Joint Plus)
Changes in lifestyle, such as weight loss and physical exercise, can also be beneficial.



All information on the Aussie Joint Health website is for educational purposes only. There is no diagnosis or treatment intended for individual animals in the Aussie Joint Health content. It is imperative that you address any questions or concerns you may have about your animal with your veterinarian. The information provided on Aussie Joint Health should not replace your relationship with your veterinarian. This blog post is intended to help you have a better conversation with your veterinarian about the appropriate treatments to use for your pet.