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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