HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR DOG HAS EARLY SIGNS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Your dog can't tell you about aches and pains, so it's up to you to watch for subtle warning signs of osteoarthritis pain and inflammation. No one knows your dog better than you do, so your veterinarian relies on you to notice changes in behavior.
ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS
- Is my dog less interested in participating in usual activities?
- Does my dog seem less alert?
- Does my dog lag behind during walks?
- Is my dog overly cautious when navigating stairs, jumping up on the couch or getting in or out of the car?
- Is my dog sleeping more?
- Does my dog have difficulty getting up or lying down?
- Has my dog gained weight?
- Does my dog seem less interested in greeting me when I come home?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should ask your veterinarian about possibly screening your dog for canine osteoarthritis.