Dogs can get arthritis, too.
With the start of the colder weather, for our older pets, that can mean the start of trouble with arthritis. Arthritis is a common condition in mature dogs with one in five adult dogs estimated to suffer from this disease.Remember it is not in a dog’s nature to complain, so often they don’t tell us when there is a problem until they are in a considerable amount of discomfort.
What are the signs?
The following are indications that your dog could be suffering from arthritis:
- Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play
- Lagging behind on a walk
- Difficulty in rising after resting
- Yelping in pain when touched
- A personality change
- Licking at affected joints
Arthritis is a disease that gets progressively worse over time. The sooner the condition is recognised, the sooner your dog can be helped.