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Signs Of Arthritis In Dogs

The symptoms of arthritis in dogs can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the joints affected. Here are some possible symptoms to look out for:

1. Limping or lameness: Dogs with arthritis may limp or have a noticeable change in their gait. They may favour one leg or have difficulty putting weight on a specific limb.

2. Stiffness and decreased mobility: Arthritic dogs may have difficulty getting up, lying down, or moving around. They may appear stiff, especially after rest or in the morning.

3. Reluctance to exercise or play: Dogs with arthritis may show less interest in physical activities they used to enjoy. They may be less willing to go on walks, play fetch, or engage in other forms of exercise.

4. Decreased activity level: Arthritic dogs tend to be less active overall. They may prefer to rest or sleep more often, and they may spend less time engaging in typical daily activities.

5. Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping: Dogs with arthritis may have trouble navigating stairs, getting in and out of the car, or jumping onto furniture.

6. Swelling and heat: Inflamed joints can become swollen and feel warm to the touch. You may notice swelling around the affected joint, and it may feel warmer than the surrounding areas.

7. Changes in behaviour: Arthritis can cause behavioural changes in dogs. They may become irritable, restless, or show signs of aggression. They may also become more withdrawn or less interested in social interaction.

8. Muscle atrophy: Over time, the muscles surrounding the affected joint may weaken and appear smaller or more defined. This is due to reduced use and movement of the joint.

It's important to remember that not all dogs will exhibit the same symptoms, and some may show more subtle signs of arthritis. If you suspect your dog may have arthritis, it's best to consult with a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and to discuss appropriate treatment options.

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