DJD in dogs: what you know won’t hurt you

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Canine osteoarthritis, also known as DJD, is the unstoppable breakdown of cartilage around a dog’s joints that causes inflammation and pain. So it’s no wonder that pet parents cringe when their dog is diagnosed. But let’s separate fact from fiction.

First of all, DJD is not the beginning of the end for your pooch. Many long-term therapies can make these dogs more comfortable — particularly if they’re diagnosed early and stay strong and active.

That brings us to the notion that dogs with DJD must avoid activity. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, dogs with DJD who exercise are apt to be more alert and functional and less dependent on medication.

Finally, don’t think that DJD affects only senior dogs. It’s actually a genetic disease that starts very early on but often isn’t obvious until a dog ages.