Most ageing dogs experience some degree of arthritis. But how do you know when it’s time to do something about it?
Often, dogs show signs and symptoms that pain is affecting their quality of life due to the impact of arthritis on their ageing joints. Fortunately, the treatment of dog arthritis can be simple and straightforward with the right products and advice.
Read on for the 8 most common signs of pain caused by arthritis in dogs…
Difficulty getting out of bed
You may have noticed your dog staying longer in his bed, getting up stiffly and being slow to get moving. He may improve as he “warms up” by walking around.
Struggling to keep up on walks
Older dogs are naturally less boisterous than younger dogs but if your dog is lagging behind when previously he kept up easily, arthritic, painful joints could be the cause.
Difficulty moving up and down stairs
Negotiating steps puts additional strain on a dog’s joints. You might notice your dog is reluctant to move up or down stairs or negotiate obstacles.
You might notice that your dog is less motivated to chase balls, retrieve sticks, or just goof around. This may be associated with stiffness and loss of mobility that occurs when joints suffer wear and tear, resulting in arthritic pain.
Difficulty jumping into the car
If your dog used to jump easily into your vehicle but is now hesitating and looking to you for help, his loss of confidence could be the result of painful joints. Jumping and landing require the joints to absorb the concussive force of the dog’s body weight and places significant stress on the joints.
You may have noticed that your dog is moving unevenly, favouring one leg, and/or his head is bobbing as he trots. This could be an indication that the joints in a particular leg are causing the dog arthritic pain.
When a dog is suffering from painful joints he may be less tolerant of people and other dogs. He may growl, snap or bite even though this behaviour may seem out of character for him.
Moving slowly and stiffly
Your dog may show no other symptoms than being a little slow and stiff in the way he moves. This may indicate low-grade arthritic pain, which can be alleviated, returning your dog to his former bouncy self.
Sadly, arthritis is not a curable disease. However, there are products and actions you can take to minimize further degeneration and ease the pain that your best furry friend experiences.
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