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Your dog loves to run and play…healthy joints help ensure that these fun activities can continue throughout your pet’s life. The stifle joint, also known as the knee, is a common site of injury in dogs. Stifle injuries, such as cranial cruciate ligament tears, often occur after play activity. Abnormal joint development, such as medial patella luxation, causes joint instability and leads to joint inflammation. Dogs with stifle pain may hold up the affected leg or partially bear weight on it. A healthy body weight is the best insurance to minimize joint inflammation in your pet’s later years. Anti-inflammatory medications, nutritional supplements, physical therapy, and/or surgery may be recommended to keep the stifle joints strong and mobile so your dog can keep chasing squirrels into the golden years.