How can you tell if your dog is in pain from arthritis?
Signs may include one or more of the following:
- Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play.
- Lagging behind on walks.
- Pain or stiffness when getting up or down.
- Yelping when touched.
- A change in personality (aggression when normally good-natured)
- Licking of the affected joints.
What are the first signs of arthritis in dogs?
The most common signs dog owners may notice include:
- Difficulty getting up and down.
- Walking stiffly.
- Lameness in one or more legs.
- Reluctance to go up and/or down stairs.
- Reluctance to jump up or down (onto/off furniture or into/out of a vehicle)
- Stiff, swollen, or sore joints.
How can I help my dogs arthritis pain?
Physical and Alternative Therapy to Treat Arthritis in Dogs
Physical therapy, like appropriate forms of regular exercise, as mentioned earlier can be extremely beneficial for dogs with arthritis. Many owners also find hydrotherapy, or water therapy, helpful. Holistic therapies, like acupuncture, can be useful as well.
Should you walk a dog with arthritis?
Walking is great for arthritic dogs. It’s how you go about it that matters. Give your dog the same amount of exercise each day. This helps build their muscles to better support the joints.
How do vets check for arthritis in dogs?
To diagnose arthritis, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam and check the joint areas for pain. Blood tests and X-rays may be ordered to rule out other ailments, such as bone cancer. These diagnostic tests will show how severely the joints have been affected and help guide the treatment plan.
What is end stage arthritis in dogs?
An arthritic dog may have difficulty navigating stairs and jumping onto furniture. As arthritis progresses, your dog may be very stiff throughout the day, take short, choppy steps, and struggle to get up and down. Stairs may become difficult to impossible. End-stage arthritis can lead to the inability to stand at all.
At what age do dogs start getting arthritis?
Dogs can start to show signs of arthritis as early as 1 year of age. According to the Vet Times (pdf), the degenerative joint condition can be found in 20% of dogs before their first year and 80% of more senior dogs at or over age 8.
What do vets give dogs for arthritis?
There are some of the available NSAIDs just for dogs:
- carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl)
- deracoxib (Deramaxx)
- firocoxib (Previcox)
- meloxicam (Metacam )
How long do dogs live with arthritis?
Outlook. Arthritis is a long-term condition that needs life-long management. Arthritis slowly worsens over time, but if well managed, most dogs can live happily for many years after diagnosis. Let your vet know if you think your dog’s pain isn’t well controlled or you see symptoms returning.