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OA Checklist

Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Does your dog show one or more of the following signs? Keep in mind these warning signs and symptoms may come and go.

Reluctance to go up or down stairs Yes No
Difficulty jumping into the car or on furniture Yes No
Lagging behind or tiring easily during walks Yes No
Increased stiffness, particularly after resting Yes No
Limping after strenuous exercise Yes No
Difficulty rising, sitting or squatting to eliminate Yes No
Prefers lying to sitting or standing Yes No
Restlessness or insomnia Yes No
Whimpering, growling or snapping when touched Yes No
Loss of appetite Yes No


If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, please print and bring this checklist to your veterinarian. She or he can discuss these signs and symptoms with you and determine whether or not your dog suffers from osteoarthritis.

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