Arthritis in Dogs (cont.)

Infectious Arthritis

Infectious diseases can produce arthritis. Rickettsial arthritis is seen with Rocky Mountain spotted fever and canine ehrlichiosis, and spirochetal arthritis with Lyme disease. (All of these are tick-borne diseases.) Fungal arthritis is a rare complication of a systemic fungal infection.

Treatment: Most of the tick-borne diseases respond to doxycycline or tetracycline. Some dogs will have permanent joint damage.

This article is excerpted from “Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook” with permission from Wiley Publishing, Inc.