Have you noticed any changes in your dog’s mood or activity — have they slowed down, seem withdrawn from the family? It could be arthritis.
Canine arthritis affects at least one in every five adult dogs and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain.
Does Your Dog Have Any of These Tell-Tail Signs of Arthritis?
- Change in their gait
- Favoring a limb
- Difficulty sitting or standing
- Sleeping more
- Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
- Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs
- Weight gain
- Decreased activity or less interest in play
- Attitude or behavior changes
- Become more aggressive
- Being less alert
If your dog seems to have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks take him to your veterinarian for evaluation. If it is arthritis, the best thing to do for your dog is to start a treatment plan as soon as possible.
Therapies or treatment may include:
- Healthy diet and exercise to help maintain proper weight. (Swimming is a great low impact exercise for your dog)
- Supplements to help relieve arthritis symptoms
Never give your dog human medication without checking first with your veterinarian. Certain medications can be toxic to dogs – particularly acetaminophen and ibuprofen – and a safe dose will differ by size – you wouldn’t give a dachshund the same amount you would give a greyhound.
Do you have a dog with any kind of mobility problem? If you do please share your experiences with me.