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Old November 26th, 2003, 02:22 PM
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Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint and has many causes: infectious (bacteria, viruses), trauma, metabolic disease (such as diabetes, kidney/liver, etc.), birth/congenital problems, cancer, auto-immune diseasewhere the body's own immune defenses attacks the body. My suggestion is to do the blood work to rule out infectious, auto-immune and metabolicdiseases, and x-ray films to rule out trauma, birth/congenital problems, and possibly cancer. Unfortunately, cancer can only be diagnosed by biopsy of an affected area, and this may show up as a suspicious site on the x-ray film. Talk to your veterinarian, if this is a minor problem, then rest and a cat safe anti-inflammatory drug may be all that is required.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
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