Arthritis affects one in every five adult dogs in the U.S. and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat.
It is important to watch for non-verbal cues closely and take even subtle changes seriously. If your dog seems to have any of these
symptoms for more than two weeks take your dog to your veterinarian for an arthritis evaluation, which will involve a physical exam and possibly
X-rays. Never give your dog human medication without checking first with your veterinarian. Certain medications can be toxic to dogs.
Signs and symptoms include:
A personality change that involves resisting touch
Attitude or behavior changes
Barking or whimpering when touched
Being less alert
Decreased activity or less interest in play
Difficulty sitting or standing
Favoring a limb
Reluctance to jump, run or climb stairs
Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
Sleeping more than usual
Moderate exercise is beneficial because it maintains muscle mass and preserves joint flexibility. Excessive exercise, however, is counterproductive.
Swimming is an excellent exercise that improves muscle mass without over stressing the joints.
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