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Current and Future State of Disease



Nearly 40% of all cats have clinical signs of OA, and 90% of cats over age 12 have radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis1-4 - nearly double that seen in dogs. However, veterinarians report they diagnose OA in cats less frequently than in dogs.1


Recognizing Feline Osteoarthritis
The elusiveness of recognizing feline osteoarthritis is explained in this comprehensive technical review by Sorell Langley-Hobbs, MA BVetMed, DSAS(O), DipECVS, FHEA, MRCVS.


References

1. Enomoto M et al. Anti-nerve growth factor monoclonal antibodies for the control of pain in dogs and cats. Vet Rec. 2018; http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/vr.104590

2. LASCELLES BD, HENRY JB, 3RD, BROWN J et al.: Cross-sectional study of the prevalence of radiographic degenerative joint disease in domesticated cats. Vet Surg 2010; 39: 535-44.

3. SLINGERLAND L, HAZEWINKEL H, MEIJ B, PICAVET P, VOORHOUT G: Cross-sectional study of the prevalence and clinical features of osteoarthritis in 100 cats. Vet J 2011; 187:304-9.

4. LASCELLES BD, DONG YH, MARCELLIN-LITTLE DJ, THOMSON A, WHEELER S, CORREA M: Relationship of orthopedic examination, goniometric measurements, and radiographic signs of degenerative joint disease in cats. BMC Vet Res 2012; 8:10.

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References

1. Enomoto M et al. Anti-nerve growth factor monoclonal antibodies for the control of pain in dogs and cats. Vet Rec. 2018; http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/vr.104590

2. LASCELLES BD, HENRY JB, 3RD, BROWN J et al.: Cross-sectional study of the prevalence of radiographic degenerative joint disease in domesticated cats. Vet Surg 2010; 39: 535-44.

3. SLINGERLAND L, HAZEWINKEL H, MEIJ B, PICAVET P, VOORHOUT G: Cross-sectional study of the prevalence and clinical features of osteoarthritis in 100 cats. Vet J 2011; 187:304-9.

4. LASCELLES BD, DONG YH, MARCELLIN-LITTLE DJ, THOMSON A, WHEELER S, CORREA M: Relationship of orthopedic examination, goniometric measurements, and radiographic signs of degenerative joint disease in cats. BMC Vet Res 2012; 8:10.

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