Signs of Arthritic Pain
- Slower on walks
- Struggling to keep up
- Sitting down, refusing to walk
- Not wanting to go for walks
- Sleeping more
- Not playing with toys or other dogs as much
- Struggling/ slow to get up and down
- Unable/ reluctant to climb stairs
- Unable/ reluctant to get on sofa
- Excessively licking or chewing parts of their body
- Licking sore joints
- Brown saliva stains on fur
- Change in demeanour
- More grumpy
How can we help dogs with arthritis?
- Pain Control
- Appropriate Exercise
- Weight Control
- Lifestyle Changes
- Home Environment Modification
Arthritis is a major cause of CHRONIC PAIN with ACUTE PAIN flares. Arthritic dogs are generally good at hiding their pain and owners often do not recognise the subtle early changes. It is very common for owners to think their dog is just getting ‘old and stiff, or slowing down’, but this can often be a sign that the dog is in pain, so they move slowly to avoid further discomfort.
- “My dog is limping, but I don’t think they are in pain”
...is one of the most common things said by owners. Would you limp if you weren’t in pain? Dogs are experts at hiding chronic pain, arthritis is an extremely painful disease.
- “Arthritis is an old dog disease”
...arthritis can also affect young dogs.
- “They are just getting old and slowing down”
...dogs tend to move slowly/reluctantly to avoid painful movements, not just because they are old.