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This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.

You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.

If you have seen a case of polyarthritis in Doberman Pinschers please report it to 

There are many causes of polyarthritis in dogs including :

  • Infections -eg bacterial septic arthritis
  • Haemarthritis - in haemophilia
  • Degenerative joint diseases - osteochondrosis
  • Immune-mediated
    • Erosive eg rheumatoid arthritis
    • Non-erosive - eg systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
    • Drug-induced polyarthritis
  • Secondary to chronic inflammatory diseases - eg chronic ulcerative colitis
  • Idiopathic polyarthritis

The Doberman Pinscher is reported to have a predisposition to develop polyarthritis following the therapeutic exposure to sulfonamides (Cribb AE (1989) Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 195, 1612-1614.)

Provet is conducting a survey into polyarthritis in Doberman Pinschers. If you have seen a case please send full details to 

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Updated October 2013