Arthritis + Pain Management
10 Signs Your Dog May Have Arthritis
If you’re a dog owner, you’re conscientious about looking after your pet’s diet and making sure he or she gets plenty of exercise. But some days, your happy-go-lucky friend may seem different, and you’re not sure why. Watch for these early-warning signs of arthritis* in your canine companion:
- Favoring a limb
- Difficulty sitting or standing
- Sleeping more than usual
- Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
- Reluctance to jump, run, or climb stairs
- Weight gain
- Decreased activity or less interested in play
- Barking or whimpering when touched
- A personality change that involves resisting touch
- Seeming less alert
Please consult your pet’s veterinarian at the earliest signs of these or any other unusual changes in behavior. Your dog deserves to live a long, healthy, and active life.
Additional Arthritis and Pain Management Info:
10 Ways to Help an Arthritic Dog — Some general ways to keep your dog comfortable from The Placerville Veterinary Clinic.
Pain Control in Dogs and Cats — A very good website that discusses and explains most pain medications used for dogs. If you must use any of these drugs, use them very carefully; Akitas are VERY sensitive to drugs.
Natural Treatments for Dog Arthritis — For alternative supplements that are not dangerous, check out some or all of these therapies. Though they can take a little longer to work, there are no adverse side effects.
Piglet’s Story — Read about Mary Straus’s experiences with arthritis treatments for her dog Piglet, and learn how she managed the condition and kept Piglet mobile for 17 years.