Our expert says:
Arthritis as a disease has numerous forms that include
osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, septic arthritis from infection
and immune mediated which includes rheumatoid arthritis. Most arthritis
develops due to incorrect biomechanics. That is, abnormal forces operating
through normal joints or normal forces operating through abnormal joints. Large
breed dogs such as German Shepherds, Golden Labradors and Retrievers and
Boerboels are all predisposed to developing arthritis due to their weight and
genetic history. Small breeds like Pekingnese, and Pugs can also develop
arthritis due to their confirmation. Cross breeds can also develop arthritis if
they carry genetics of breeds predisposed to developing arthritis. Up to 20% of
dogs over the age of 1 present with arthritis.
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