Ask a Vet Archive

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  • If my dog or cat is having knee problems, how can I help?

    Joint damage and disease can be frustrating. Your veterinarian can tell what the exact problem is for your pet with an examination and maybe some tests.

    Some things that cause joint pain are bone or cartilage damage (including arthritis), tears and other damage to ligaments (like the cruciate and other types of ligaments in a dog's knee) or cartilage abnormalities (like a meniscal cartilage tear in a dog's knee).

    Other possible reasons include: infections, inflammatory diseases (including immune related arthritis), muscle abnormalities, nerve problems, cancer (this is not very common inside a joint) or problems with other parts of the leg or spine that may make it look like the knee is involved when it may not be, and more.


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