Arthritis is one of the commonest disorders that convulse middle-aged as well as older pets. Younger pets can also suffer from arthritic conditions. This ailment causes undesirable changes in the affected joints that are awfully painful, a discomfiture responsible for several signs related with arthritis. As such, this article explains some seven of the most prevalent symptoms of arthritis in dogs. Read on to discover them.
If you discover that your dog is limping or favors one or more of their legs (which depends on which are the affected legs or arthritic joints), it is a symptom your dog may be suffering from this malaise. The limp is clearly noticeable when the dog first rises, but may become less noticeable as he or she warms up by doing round some.
2. Hardship in Movement
When you find that a dog has become reluctant to do things that were hitherto easy and fun accomplishing, a symptom of arthritis that is. For example, the dog may begin to find it hard to jump into or out of the car, or difficult climbing up and down stairs that were easily maneuverable days before. It is as a result of the pain of the discomfiture arthritis besets dogs.
3. Spinal Issues
Arthritic changes are not limited to attacking only the legs or arms, but can also occur along the spine. As such, if your dog is experiencing a sore neck, lameness in both or one of his or her hind legs, an unusually hunched back and queer posture, these are indicators your dog may be suffering from adverse arthritic changes.
Nine to one, pets are the bright eye and bushy tail lot—always playful in a lively manner. With that well known, the moment your dog begins to tire more easily—doing shorter walks and sleeping longer—know that it may be a causing of arthritic pains.
Just like when hungry, arthritic animals are narky and become irritated for inexplicable reasons. An arthritic dog may snap and/or bite when handled or approached, particularly if the handling affects parts/joints that are hit with the arthritic changes, exacerbating the ache.
6. Muscle Atrophy
If your dog suffers from atrophied muscles in the legs, the leg(s) will look thinner than normal. Muscle atrophy (deadening of the muscle tissue) happens when there is reduced use of the muscles, which can be as a result of decreased dog activity occasioned by pain from arthritic joints.
7. Licking, Chewing and Biting
Dogs suffering from arthritis often lick, chew and/or bite at their affected and paining parts. If not checked with immediate attention, this may degenerate to causing sore skin as well as hair loss over the areas hit by the pain. As part of the symptoms of arthritis in dogs, if your dog begins to nervously lick, chew, or bite certain parts of his or her body, know that it might be arthritic changes causing the truoble.
Arthritis Treatment for Dogs
Arthritis, both in humans and other animals, has no known curative medicine. However, there is a range of arthritis remedies and procedural measures that you can undertake to help alleviate the arthritic pains befalling your dog. To get the most secure and pertinent information about these procedures, it is always advisable to consult your veterinarian for professional advice if you have noticed any of the above symptoms on your lovely dog.