Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy

or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

PetMD Seal

Joint Cartilage Erosion in Dogs




Physical therapy, including range-of-motion exercises, massage, and swimming can help treat severe disease. Bandages and/or splints may be placed around the joint to prevent further degradation of the cartilage, especially in dogs that are experiencing difficulty walking. Weight loss also helps decrease pressure on the joints if the dog is overweight.


Surgery for this condition is generally not recommended. However, total hip replacements, and femoral head ostectomy (surgical removal of part of the thigh bone) may be considered.


Arthrodesis of the carpus (wrist) is generally quite successful for treating joint pain and instability. Arthrodesis of the shoulder, elbow, stifle (knee), or hock (ankle), meanwhile, is not as reliable at yielding positive results.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will schedule frequent follow-up appointments to examine your dog's progress. If your dog’s condition continues to worsen, you must contact your veterinarian immediately for care.



Related Articles

Arthritis of Multiple Joints in Dogs
Search dog arthritis symptoms at PetMd.com Search dog arthritis symptoms, causes,...
Non-inflammatory Myopathy of Endocrine Origin...
The “myopathy” is a disease of muscle whereas the term “endocrine” denotes hormones...
Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Hip dysplasia in dogs is the failure of the hip joints to develop normally (known...
Around the Web