Does My Dog Have Arthritis?

May 8, 2015

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Arthritis is a fancy word for abnormal changes in the joints, whether in human or in dogs. These joint issues can occur if cartilage is worn away faster than normal and it cannot be replaced.

Since cartilage acts as a cushion and protects the bones, once it is worn away, the joints become swollen and it causes pain.

As arthritis is not curable, early treatment is crucial and if not spotted in its early stage, your canine friend may lose cartilage altogether, which can result in the need for more aggressive treatments. Think surgery…

Warning Symptoms and Signs of Arthritis

The very fist thing you’ll notice is that your pooch has difficulties when moving or he will be overtly reluctant to run or even walk. He may also yelp or flinch when you try to pet him in the affected area.

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Should you notice any changes in your dog’s mood or behavior, be sure to consult your veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis.

Signs of arthritis in dogs:

  • Not wanting to go up and down stairs
  • Lagging behind during daily walks
  • Preferring to lie down rather than sit or stand
  • Stiffness (especially after resting)
  • Whimpers, growls or snaps when touched in the affected area

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