What should I look for?
The changes caused by osteoarthritis (OA) can be subtle, so it’s important that you monitor for signs of pain in your dog. No one knows your canine companion better than you do, so your veterinarian counts on you to recognize changes and report them.
Because your dog can’t tell you about aches and pains, ask yourself these questions:
- Is your dog less interested in participating in favorite activities?
- Does your dog seem less active and alert?
- Has your dog gained weight due to decreased physical activity?
- Does your dog struggle to get up or lie down?
- Does your dog have difficulty navigating stairs, jumping on the couch, or getting in and out of the car?
- Does your dog ever whimper or cry out in pain?
- Does your dog lag behind during walks?
- Does your dog greet you at the door less often?