Published on January 24th, 2014 | by Debbie Martin0
Is Your Dog Developing Arthritis?
Arthritis is not a condition that only affects humans; it can also have an impact on the health of your dog. Canine arthritis can cause swelling, pain and stiffness in joints. It can be a result of old injuries or it can develop over the years through natural wear and tear.
Have you ever thought about the possibility that your dog has arthritis? Many dogs will develop arthritis when they are over the age of seven and this condition often affects the elbows, knees, backbone and hips. If the arthritis is severe, it can really affect your dog’s ability to walk, sit, run and jump and can change the behaviour and demeanour of what would naturally be a very energetic, active and social creature.
How to Tell If You Dog Has Arthritis
How can you tell whether your dog is developing arthritis? There are a few signs that you should keep an eye out for, so that you can take your dog to the vet. Here are some important pointers to look for:
· Is your dog experiencing reduced mobility? Perhaps your pet has difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into the car, or you notice that your dog struggles to get up from a lying down position and limps when he walks?
· Have you noticed that your dog isn’t as eager to run and play as he once was? Is he sleeping or resting more than usual?
· Have you seen your dog licking and chewing at its joints? Sometimes this licking can even cause bald spots in the affected area.
· Has your dog become more clingy and anxious than usual?
· Is your dog quicker to anger than he might usually be? Do you notice that he is less tolerant of other dogs or children?
All of these points are potential signs that your canine friend is experiencing arthritis. If you see that your dog is exhibiting these symptoms, it might mean that your pet is in a lot of pain. If you suspect canine arthritis, it’s time to take your dog to the veterinarian. There are many different treatments and medications that can help to ease the pain and stiffness in the joints. Once your dog’s pain has been relieved and its mobility returned, you will see a drastic change in behaviour. Your dog will become much happier, friendlier, relaxed and active – unencumbered by the debilitating pain of arthritis.
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