Symptoms of Dog Arthritis

Humans aren’t the only ones who can suffer from arthritis. This painful disease of the joints can also affect our furry companions, and often the signs are hard to spot. If arthritis is found in your dog, your vet may recommend lifestyle and/or prescription drug treatments to keep your dog living a healthy and pain-free life. Check out these 5 symptoms to see if your dog is at risk:

1. Sleeping more
If your dog’s normal sleep routine is now a round-the-clock snooze fest, it’s best to speak with your vet. Even if it isn’t related to arthritis, there may be another underlying issue.

2. Favoring one limb
Take note if your dog suddenly starts to favor one limb or whimpers if this limb is touched. Check for signs of any outward physical damage first.

3. Difficulty sitting or standing
If getting up and sitting down seem especially difficult for your pet, speak with your vet about when you first noticed your dog having difficulty with these basic maneuvers.

4. Weight gain
Even if there is no change in their eating habits, your dog may start to gain weight. This could be caused by lack of activity or another underlying issue.

5. Attitude or behavior changes
If your normally friendly dog suddenly doesn’t like others, lashes out at you, or if they just seem sad, it’s time to go in for a visit to your vet. Any change in your dog’s appearance or demeanor warrants a quick check-up by your vet.

Plus: Help Your Pet Maintain a Healthy Weight


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