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Osteoarthritis is a progressively painful disease characterized by articular cartilage degradation with loss of proteoglycan and collagen, subchondral bone sclerosis, periarticular proliferation of new bone, and chronic inflammation of synovial membranes. 1 Osteoarthritis is estimated to affect approximately 20% of dogs ≥ 1 year of age and 90% of dogs > 5 years of age. 2–5 Cats are similarly affected by osteoarthritis, with prevalences ranging from 16.5% to 91% and increasing with age. 6–9 Given the high prevalences reported, it is possible that companion animals may have undiagnosed osteoarthritis and the associated pain that goes unnoticed. Cats

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association