DOG ARTHRITIS: Dogs, like people, can experience arthritis, which can be the result of destruction and degeneration of the cartilage that cushions joints, or also can be the result of an infection. Symptoms include limping, unwillingness to jump or climb stairs, and being uncharacteristically unwilling to be touched. Treatments include painkillers, rest, weight loss, and surgery.
A NEW SURGERY FOR DOGS: An "elbow" prosthesis that does not use cement can be placed in the front legs of a dog to relieve the debilitating pain of arthritis. Cementless prostheses reduce the risk of infection and wear on the implant. Additionally, they can be implanted via a minimally-invasive surgical method offering many advantages over the traditional, open surgical method.