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7 Signs your dog has arthritis

What is arthritis?

This is one of the most common ailments that can affect nearly any animal from young to old.
Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints and is known as “degenerative joint disease” which causes abnormal movement of the bones within a joint.  Over time this abnormal movement can wear down the cartridge, which is the barrier between bones until bone starts to rub against bone with starts to cause pain and inflammation that can become quite severe.

7 Signs your dog has arthritis

#1 They develop a limp

Limping could be one of the first signs of arthritis.

#2 They do not move around as well as they used to

Your dog may not want to jump to catch that frisbee or will battle to get upstairs or in and out of a car.  You may even hear them cry when they try to get up from a sleeping position.

#3 Problems with their spines

As arthritis can occur in various parts of the spine it can cause the animal to look like it has a hunch on the part of its back.  When it walks its back end could seem like they are swaying,and, in some cases, it can cause lameness in the legs.

#4 Atrophy of the muscles

Muscle atrophy is when the muscle starts to die off due to lack of use.  A dog which exhibits this will have one muscle that looks a lot thinner than the rest of them.

#5 Excessive grooming

Dog do not really understand their pain, so they may start to chew at the spots that are in pain or lick them a lot

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#6 They become tense, aggressive and irritable

Even the most passive and gentle of animals may become a bit aggressive especially if you accidentally pet a spot that increases their pain.  They may become jumpy and yelp at a touch.

#7 Lethargic

Your pet may start to tire more easily when you go for a walk.  Or not want to play and run around as much as they used to.

Conclusion

A lot of these signs and symptoms could also be due to sprains or fractures so if you see your dog limping, excessively grooming or becoming snappy seek your vet’s advice.