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.