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From PetPlace.com's 5 Risk Factors for Canine Arthritis,
the list includes:
1. Genetic predisposition. Up to 70 percent of dogs in specific breeds, which include Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and German shepherds, will be affected by canine arthritis.

2. Obesity. Studies show that obese dogs are likely to develop osteoarthritis three years earlier, on average, than lean dogs.

3. Joint abnormalities. Joint conditions such as canine hip dysplasia, the leading cause of lameness in dogs, can increase a dog’s risk of developing osteoarthritis because it puts excessive stress on the animal’s joints.

4. Joint stress and trauma. Injuries (such as getting hit by a car) that damage ligaments, tissues or bones also increase a dog’s risk of developing osteoarthritis. In addition, high-activity and working dogs that participate in demanding activities put repeated stress on their joints. This chronic ligamentous injury makes them more susceptible to osteoarthritis.

5. Infection. Conditions caused by various bacterial, viral and fungal infections can affect joints and contribute to arthritis. Common conditions include Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever which can be carried by ticks.
[ May 10, 2004, 04:06 PM: Message edited by: Betsy Iole ]
 
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