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How Can I Tell if My Dog Has Osteoarthritis?

Knowing there may be something wrong is the first step to identify osteoarthritis (OA).
 

The best way to know if your dog is in pain is through constant observation. Watch how your dog looks, acts and "feels" doing his normal everyday activities. Sometimes it may be difficult to notice subtle changes, but it is the first step in determining if your dog may be suffering from osteoarthrits pain.
 

Watch our video to better understand what are considered healthy and unhealthy movements, and learn how to identify the potential signs and symptoms of osteoarthrits pain.
 

Slowing down because of "old age" is a myth

There are numerous signs, symptoms and signals your dog may show if he has osteoarthritis pain. Here are the most common signs of OA:
 

  • Reluctance to go up or down stairs
  • Difficulty jumping into the car or on furniture
  • Lagging behind or tiring easily during walks
  • Increased stiffness, particularly after resting
  • Limping after strenuous exercise
  • Difficulty rising, sitting or squatting to eliminate
  • Prefers lying to sitting or standing
  • Restlessness or insomnia
  • Whimpering, growling or snapping when touched
  • Loss of appetite

Keep in mind these warning signs and symptoms may come and go.

The OA Checklist

We've provided a handy, printable checklist you can use to help spot the signs, symptoms and signals your dog may show if he has osteoarthritis pain.

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