by Dr. Weldon of Loving Family Animal Hospital
Veterinarian Dr. Weldon answers some of the most common questions on arthritis that her clients ask at her practice and offers some top tips to improve your pet’s quality of life and put a bit of spring into your furry friend’s step.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is the chronic joint inflammatory disease similar to the condition of the same name in humans. Limited mobility and a poor quality of life can result from your pet’s stiff, sore joints. Arthritis can affect dogs of any size, age, or breed, but it is more common in older, overweight, or larger dogs.
How do I know if my dog has arthritis?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, your dog may have arthritis:
• Does your dog tire easily or lag behind on longer walks?
• Does your dog limp or appear stiff after activity?
• Is your dog reluctant to climb stairs or jump up on things?
• Is your dog slow to rise from a resting position?
Many dogs are very stoic, so seeing your dog express signs of pain may be very difficult, but help is at hand.