Does your dog show one or more of the following signs:
- Reluctance to go up or down stairs?
- Lags behind or tires easily?
- Experiences increased stiffness, particularly after resting?
- Limps after strenuous exercise?
- Has difficulty rising, sitting, or squatting to eliminate?
- Is restless or has insomnia?
- Whimpers, groans, or snaps when touched?
If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, your veterinarian can then discuss strategies to help your pet such as the following:
- Lighten the load. If needed, reducing your pet’s weight can significantly decrease the burden of load bearing joints.
- Get their paws in gear. Moderate and appropriate exercise, such as low-impact swimming, can help strengthen joints and reduce further damage.
- Pain relief. There are a variety of mediations and joint protective agents that can help your pet from slowing down prematurely. X-rays or other tests may be needed to document the stage of disease and help direct therapy.