Does My Dog Have Arthritis?
Signs of arthritis in dogsSince your dog can't tell you he hurts, it's up to you to figure it out. He gives off non-verbal signs that he's in pain or that something isn't right.
Signs of arthritis include:
- Favoring a limb
- Trouble sitting or standing
- Excessive sleep
- Stiff or sore joints
- Hesitant to jump, run or climb stairs
- Gaining weight
- Less interest in play/decrease in activity
- Mood/behavior changes
- Being less alert
Treatment OptionsYour vet will use a physical exam and x-rays to make a definitive diagnosis of arthritis. Once that is done, a treatment plan will be put in place to help reduce the pain and swelling associated with arthritis and slow the progress of the disease. Treatment options may include:
- A healthy diet and exercise regimen to prevent weight gain
- Drug treatments to relieve pain and swelling
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Over-the-counter pills and food containing glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate or Omega fatty acids
- Prescription NSAIDs combined with an over-the-counter treatment to decrease pain and slow disease progression
- Dog cooling pads to help decrease swelling and pain
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