Arthritis 101

Arthritis is an affliction that affects humans and animals too!

Your precious pup may grow old enough to have and suffer from arthritis in dogs. We are arming you with information that you may need.

What is arthritis in dogs?

It’s a condition whereby joints are inflamed. Osteoarthritis is the most common type found in humans and furry family members.  It’s also called or known as degenerative joint disease. Cartilage breaks down thus increasing friction between the bones. As a result, this will cause pain and discomfort. Contact us at Sarasota Veterinary Center for pain management.

What are dog arthritis symptoms?

Because your dog can’t talk, noticing the signs will take awareness on your part. What you’ll likely see first are the following:

  • Limping or favoring specific limbs
  • Struggling with running, stairs, jumping, or other moments
  • Biting and licking in certain areas (where there’s likely pain)
  • Hunching over or spinal changes
  • Playing is decreased
  • Depression
  • Mood changes
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sleeping increased

We recommend that you come into our office for a proper diagnosis if you notice 3 or more of these dog arthritis symptoms. We have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that will help with x-rays.

What can you do at home?

You want to rearrange your home in such a way that your pet’s mobility isn’t further challenged. Arthritis in dogs can be managed. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Keep your floors clear and provide non-slip surfaces.
  • If possible, try to avoid unnecessary trips up or down stairs.
  • Invest in some pet stairs that will help your furry family member get onto couches or beds that are higher up. Ramps work well too.
  • Use a baby gate to block off stairs.

 

We know what it’s like to have pets that suffer from joint pain and it’s no fun! Thankfully, there are advances in medicine and extensive research that indicates pain management is absolutely doable. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment to assess your dog.