As we age our joints become tighter, leading to issues with arthritis. The same goes for your dogs! As our furry friends begin to age we see that they begin to portray some dog arthritis symptoms. You may think that at first they have a sprained wrist or ankle, but over time the symptoms may become worse. Doggy Brace is here to help you spot these symptoms to know when you can help support your pet with a dog leg brace and when to speak with a vet about exercises and medications to help your dog.
Dog Arthritis Symptoms
1. Difficulty Moving
One of the easiest ways to tell if your dog is suffering from arthritis is by seeing if your dog is having difficulty moving. This could be any trouble with standing, sitting, running, and jumping to their favorite spot on the couch. If your dog begins to whine in these situations it is time to take them to the vet and see if there is a deeper reason to the pain, or if it is age.
Limping can be a sign of targeted arthritis in dogs. If your dog’s gait begins to change or you notice one specific leg being avoided this could be arthritis within that leg beginning to worsen. If you notice that the limping isn’t happening every day, but is common enough then speak with your vet and look into the possibilities. While it may be arthritis, it may also be something else causing a limp.
3. Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is very common in dogs as they age – especially large breeds. This is often a genetic issue, but can occur from an issue with the leg joints. Inflammation of the hip joint results in malformation of the hip and leads to deterioration of cartilage. There is a wide array of ways to help your dog suffering from arthritis and hip dysplasia including surgery, medications, and a Doggy Brace. Read our article about the differences between surgery and brace for your dog suffering from ACL issues and hip dysplasia.
4. Muscle Atrophy
As arthritis begins to get worse within your dog it can lead to muscle atrophy. This is the deterioration of muscle mass in the body as your dog begins to avoid exercise and movement from their arthritis muscle mass decrease. If your dog suffers from arthritis over time you may begin to notice thinner legs, a thinner body, and difficulty to stand. All of these are symptoms of muscle atrophy.
While you can’t entirely prevent arthritis in your dog, you can help reduce the risks. You want to be sure that you are giving your furry friend ample exercise time throughout the day. By giving your dog low impact exercise for a few hours a day you help to reduce the changes of arthritis in your dog. You also want to be sure your dog eats healthy, maintains a healthy body weight, and goes for check-ups with the vet. We have only listed a few dog arthritis symptoms for you to look out for. As your dog begins to reach their elder years speak with your veterinarian for other symptoms and prevention methods. Doggy Brace wants to help keep your dog around for as long as possible!