Testing For Arthritis In Dog Companions

Is your dog ...
  • Lying down more than usual?
  • Stiff when waking up first thing in the morning?
  • More reluctant to go for walks than when younger?
  • Falling behind during walks?
  • Finding it difficult climbing stairs or into the car?
  • Limping on one or more legs?
  • "Bunny hopping" on his/ her hind legs during a walk?
  • Licking at one or more joints?
  • Yelping/ growling/ biting when you touch a joint?
  • Losing muscle mass in a limb?
  • Showing any signs of hot, swollen joints?
  • Showing a change in temperament (more lethargic or depressed)?

If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, there is a possibility that your dog has arthritis. Your veterinarian can confirm this with a physical examination and a variety of tests, such as joint x-rays.

While there is currently no cure for arthritis, it can be managed with a number of natural and prescription medications, in conjunction with weight and exercise management. Your veterinarian can advise you further on a suitable program for your dog.