Could Your Dog Have Osteoarthritis?

Posted In: Canine Health & Wellness

Much like in humans, osteoarthritis for a dog can be very painful, and pain can negatively impact dogs both physically and emotionally.

Osteoarthritis is an inflammation of the joint caused by the deterioration of cartilage. The cartilage breaks down and no longer acts as a cushion, and that results in pain and a decreased range of motion.

Osteoarthritis can occur in any dog, especially as they get older, but there are factors that increase the risk such as large breed size, injury, genetics, and obesity.

Dogs are generally good at communicating when they are in pain. If your dog is suffering from osteoarthritis, you may notice that they have trouble getting up, they are reluctant to run or jump, they seem stiff, and they may lose muscle mass. If left untreated, the pain can become worse over time.

The good news is that the pain can be managed. In a recent study, dogs showed significant improvement in both their emotional and physical well-being with the pain under control.

This checklist will help our team identify if your dog might be suffering from osteoarthritis or to monitor how your dog is doing if he or she is already being treated.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.