Does Your Dog Have Arthritis? These Six Signs Can Help You Determine

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Humans aren’t the only ones who can get arthritis, but we happen to be the only ones that can voice it out. Your dog could get arthritis and it is left for you to determine through the following warning signs.

Getting Cranky
A dog in pain might just want to be left alone. If your playful dog is suddenly depressed or grumpy, hurting joints could be at play. Any time you see a sudden attitude change in pets, you need to take it to the vet and see what’s going on.

Eating less
Even getting up to eat might not be worth the pain if your dog has horrible arthritis. If you have a big dog with a large appetite such as Labradors or Golden Retrievers, you probably won’t notice the change. In more delicate breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers and Chihuahuas, they may avoid their food bowls entirely.

If your big dog gets an arthritis diagnosis, try leaving its bowl higher than the ground. Elevating their food can be more comfortable so they don’t have to bend all the way to the floor.

Slower Movements
When it is painful to get up, a dog with arthritis won’t exactly be jumping around. They will move slower, especially when standing up or sitting down, to avoid some of the pain. If you notice your dog slowing down, get to a vet as soon as possible.

Whether it’s arthritis or another condition, getting a diagnosis means a chance for treatment. And if you aren’t crazy about giving your dog drugs, there are other options like hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and massage

Avoiding Certain Floors
Some pups with dog arthritis will avoid going down stairs entirely, while others won’t want to go down anymore. Figuring out your pets pattern could be a hint to where the arthritis.

If they’re reluctant to jump up or go upstairs, it could be the hips, because when you think about how the weight would have to change, the majority of the weight would go on the hips. If your pet hates going downstairs, on the other hand, it could be a sign of arthritic shoulders or elbows.

Changing Gait
Some canines with arthritis will start to limp, but others will have subtler gait changes. For instance, you might notice the head of your dog starting to bob because it’s putting its weight forward more. Or your pet might swing its arthritic leg around to avoid bending the achy joints.

Panting More Than Usual
Dogs pant when they are stressed or in pain. They can’t do much about their achy joints or massage their limbs if it hurts. This can then make them pant.

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