Dog Arthritis – The Signs and Symptoms.
Just like us, dogs are susceptible to suffering from arthritis pain, especially as they get older, but unlike us, they are obviously not capable of saying, ‘Can you please give me some special pain relief for my arthritis.’ They can’t tell you if they are feeling any type of pain or discomfort at all.
Instead, it is your job as the dog owner to look out for common symptoms so that you can provide prompt treatment and prevent the pain from affecting the quality of your dog’s life.
All dogs may develop arthritis but the ones that are at greater risk are the large breeds and of course, those that are in their senior years. So if you are the owner of one of these high-risk dogs, it would be a good idea to make yourself aware of the warning signs.
Most Common Signs of Dog Arthritis Pain
- Slower Movements and Lack of Energy – If your dog used to love running and playing but now prefers to just lie down on the floor for the most part of the day, then there is a strong possibility that he may be suffering from arthritis. Other similar dog arthritis symptoms are refusal to climb steps or jump up and lack of interest in activities that he used to find very entertaining.
- Aggressive Dog Behavior Problems – Because of the extreme pain that they may be suffering from, dogs with arthritis tend to be more aggressive and agitated, particularly if they are touched. They may even yelp or bite when you handle their painful joints, so you also have to be careful for your own safety.
- Loss of Appetite – Another result of the pain of arthritis is the loss of appetite of the dog. This is one of the more common dog arthritis symptoms but one that people rarely associate with arthritis. Instead of eating, the dog would rather lick his joints, in an effort to get rid of the pain in the area. They don’t understand why they hurt.
The symptoms become harder to identify in older dogs because as they mature, it is actually quite normal for them to show a decrease in energy and lack of interest in moving around. So if you see even an inkling of an arthritis symptom, it would be best to take your pet to the veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Your pet may also feel pain when the weather changes…just like you would. Changes in temperature or the onset of cold weather could have your pet show some of the typical signs of joint pain.
If you are interested in natural remedies for dog arthritis pain there are some homeopathic formulas that you can try. Being all natural they certainly don’t have the side effects of prescription medications. That is always a plus in my opinion.
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