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Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

Is your dog aged seven or older? If so, Fido may be approaching—or already in—his golden years. Just like people, dogs tend to slow down as they age. Your furry pal may also develop certain medical issues in his golden years. One of the most common problems we see in older dogs is arthritis. Here, a London, ON vet lists some warning signs of arthritis in dogs.

Limping

Limping is one of the most common signs of doggy arthritis. At first, Fido may mostly limp when he first stands up. The limp may ease or even go away after a few minutes. If our pet’s limp is caused by arthritis, it may become more pronounced over time.

Stiffness

Stiffness can also be a warning sign of arthritis in our canine buddies. If Fido seems to be moving stiffly, or is standing or sitting in a strange position, contact your vet.

Lack of Playfulness

It’s only natural for Man’s Best Friend to slow down a bit as he ages. However, a sudden decline in playful, frisky behavior can be a red flag, and is sometimes a sign of arthritis. If Fido’s toys are sitting around, unused, your pet may be developing arthritis.

Licking/Chewing

Arthritis often causes soreness in the joints. Fido may lick or chew at his limbs or paws if he is feeling sore.

Mobility Issues

Arthritis can make it difficult for Fido to go up and down stairs, hop onto the bed or couch, or get in and out of the car. If you’ve noticed your pooch is having trouble doing these things, arthritis could be to blame.

Grumpiness

Just like people, dogs can get rather crabby when they don’t feel well. Arthritis can definitely make our four-legged buddies cranky!

Tips

There are now many options for pain management treatments that can make your furry friend feel better. If you think Fido may have arthritis, bring him to the vet for a thorough exam. Once a diagnoses has been made, your vet will be able to discuss treatment and pain management options that can help get that cute tail wagging again. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice on home care, either. Sometimes little things—like a good, orthopedic doggy bed—can make a big difference!

Do you suspect Fido may have arthritis? Contact us, your local London, ON animal clinic, today!

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