Knowing the symptoms and signs of arthritis in dogs helps dog owners to treat arthritis as soon as it appears. Depending upon the severity of your dog's arthritis, treatment involves a healthy diet, keeping the dog's weight under control, daily exercise, over the counter supplements which support healthy joints, or adding a prescription for steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs
Early Signs of Arthritis
- Lame after exercising but then recover
- Stiffness when first waking up
- Lame after exercising
- Slow walking pace
- Hesitant to go up or down stairs
- The dog needs help getting up
- Limping all the time
- Will not attempt to climb stairs or jump
- Has trouble lifting leg or squatting to urinate
- Shaking leg muscles
- Seems to experience pain when touched
- Hops rather than runs
The later stages of arthritis in dogs often requires supplements like, glucosamine, chondroitin, and other joint products.
If your older dog is really suffering on a regular basis, a prescription for pain medication will relieve your dog's discomfort.