As your dog begins to age, symptoms of health concerns start to show. Arthritis affects one in five adult dogs, and is the most common source of chronic pain that veterinarians treat every year.
There are two most common types of arthritis in dogs. These are known as degenerative and inflammatory. They are usually diagnosed by their causes, but the symptoms of each as basically the same.
As the weather gets colder here in Canada, you may start to notice more symptoms of arthritis. It is important to know what to look for when it comes to dog arthritis. Once you have determined the cause, you can begin proper treatment and care.
What To Look For
Difficulty in sitting or standing. Your dog may find it difficult to get up when you call him. The first steps may look painful or stiff, and may shift around a lot when standing.
Favoring a limb. Also known as limb lameness, this ties in with stiffness and shifting legs when standing or walking. Limb lameness may come and go and switch back and forth at any time.
Mood swings. Because of the pain, your dog may become easily agitated or aggressive. He may not want to play, and may not be friendly towards guests. Look out for growling or nipping.
Sleeping often. Lethargy is very common during arthritis. Your dog will likely sleep a lot to help ease the pain in his joints.
Weight loss/gain. Your dog’s weight could easily fluctuate if he is suffering from arthritis. Because of the pain, your dog may become depressed and over or under eat. It may even be too painful for him to bend down to his bowls.