5 Signs Your Dog Is Suffering From Arthritis

Arthritis is not a disease unique to humans.  Our furry companions can have this painful disease of the joints too!

If arthritis is found in your dog, your vet may recommend lifestyle or prescription drug treatments to keep your dog living a healthy and pain-free life.

Check out these 5 symptoms to see if your dog is at risk.

1. Sleeps a lot. If your dog’s normal sleep routine is now a round-the-clock snooze fest, it’s best to speak with your vet. Even if it isn’t related to arthritis, there may be another underlying issue.

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2. Favoring one limb. Take note if your dog suddenly starts to favor one limb or whimpers if this limb is touched. Check for signs of any outward physical damage first.

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3. Difficulty in sitting and standing. If getting up and sitting down seem especially difficult for your pet, speak with your vet about when you first noticed your dog having difficulty with these basic maneuvers.

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4. Gaining Weight. Even if there is no change in their eating habits, your dog may start to gain weight. This could be caused by lack of activity or another underlying issue.

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5. Changes in behavior. If your normally friendly dog suddenly doesn’t like others, lashes out at you, or if they just seem sad, it’s time to go in for a visit to your vet.

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