Arthritis is a condition that doesn’t just affect humans – it can affect dogs and cats just as badly but as your pet can’t tell you how it is feeling, diagnosing the condition can be difficult.
In fact it is estimated that arthritis can affect one in every five adult dogs so dog arthritis may be more common than you would expect. It is one of the most common sources of chronic canine pain that vets treat.
So, as our dog can’t tell us, how can we tell if he or she has arthritis?
Here are some of the tell-tale signs of dog arthritis:
- Difficulty in standing or sitting.
- Your dog is sleeping more than normal
- Hesitant to run, jump or climb steps or stairs
- A gain in weight
- Less interested in play and generally less active around the house and garden
- Changes in attitude or behavior
- Generally being less alert
If you think your dog has been displaying any of the above symptoms for much more than a week or so then it may well be worth visiting your veterinarian for a proper examination. As with humans, dog arthritis is not curable but with a proper diagnosis there is certainly a lot that can be done to treat the condition and significantly reduce the pain that your dog feels.
Therapies that can help include the following…
- An exercise plan and a healthy diet to help maintain the proper weight for your dog
- A vet prescribed drug treatment to relieve the pain
- Pet treatments that can be bought online or over the counter that help to relive the symptoms of arthritis in dogs
Note: You should never give your dog a medicine that is meant for human consumption. Some medications (such as ibuprofen) can be toxic to a dog.