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How to Recognize Arthritis in Dogs

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Arthritis is a progressive disease that causes joint inflammation, leading to pain and stiffness. This condition can have a significant impact on your dog’s health and vivacity, especially as they age. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for alleviating discomfort and ensuring your furry family member lives a long, fulfilling life. You can be a part of your dog’s care by looking for common symptoms and taking the initiative in their treatment plan.

Common Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

Because signs of pain in dogs are often subtle, it can be hard to know when your pup is feeling under the weather. However, observing changes in energy level or behavior can be a good start. Some of the common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Slowing down
  • Reluctance to go up and down the stairs
  • Longer recovery time after play, exercising or walking
  • Staying put if they usually follow you around the house

If you notice any changes in your dog’s activity or habits, it’s best to notify your vet as early as possible. Doing so will give you and your vet the answers needed to take any additional steps.

Treatment Options for Dogs With Arthritis

Many arthritis treatment options exist to help your dog live a fulfilling and happy life. Some of these include:

  • Weight loss: Weight plays a big role in your pet’s health. Your four-legged friend will feel better if they’re at an optimal weight.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 supplements reduce inflammation in your dog’s joints and are available in chewable treat form. However, many fatty acid supplements available over the counter may contain ineffective amounts. You should consult your vet to make sure your dog receives the proper dosage.
  • Pain medicines: Prescription pain medications can enhance your dog’s quality of life. Try asking your vet about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Tramadol, Gabapentin and other medications.
  • Laser therapy: Laser therapy is a great way to ease arthritis pain and inflammation. It’s both noninvasive and drug-free.

With advancements in veterinary medicine, you have more chances to improve your pet’s life than ever before. Explore these options and other possibilities with your vet.

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We believe your dog should receive the quality medical care they deserve as early on as possible. At University Animal Clinic, we have a compassionate and knowledgeable teampet wellness plans and convenient hours dedicated to assisting you and your animal companion. If you’ve noticed signs of arthritis in your dog or have questions about their care, request an appointment with us today.