How do I know my dog has arthritis?

How do I know my dog has arthritis?

Apr 30 , 2021

Arthritis in Dogs
Arthritis is a painful condition of inflammation of one or more joints causing stiffness in dogs. As your pet gets older, they are more prone to inflammation of the joints overall affecting their mobility. This painful disorder in canines usually starts to occur after seven years of age in larger breeds, younger breeds can also get arthritis. There are several symptoms of this disorder in canines you can be on the lookout for.

One of the first symptoms is limping which is the lack of flexibility in the leg. You may see limping when the canine is inactive or gets off furniture after an extended rest. Some canines may have joint pain upon touch and may become irritable. The loss of excitement to go on walks is also a key symptom. Some canines may sleep a lot during the day and be awake more at night time due to pain. If your home is cold, your animal may look for warmer locations in the home to sleep in because the cold affects the mobility of their joints.

When your canine gets up from a resting position, you may find they have difficulty standing up, sitting, or lying down. They will get much slower in movement and may lay in weird positions that make it more comfortable for them. Canines will walk much slower and may have difficulty keeping up with you on a walk or during outside playtime. If your canine is in a lot of pain, they may not eat or drink as much as they used to. Canines' behavior may change and they may become more aggressive or irritable.

If your canine is suffering from this disorder, it’s important to get them to a vet. The vet may be able to prescribe pain medication or joint medication to help your animal be more comfortable. Pay attention to their body language as this will help you identify if they are in pain and help them.