Is arthritis pain affecting your dog’s quality of life?

When our dogs start behaving differently it’s natural to feel concerned. There could be a number of causes, but if they seem slower or less playful then it may be arthritis pain. This condition affects nearly 40% of all dogs1, with some dogs showing symptoms even during their early years. We can help you recognise the signs of arthritis pain so you can talk through treatment options with your vet. Even if you dog has already been diagnosed with arthritis, it is well worth finding out about advancing treatments and therapies to alleviate their pain. Together we can ensure your dog has the quality of life they deserve.

Recognise the symptoms of arthritis

Nobody knows your dog as well as you - owners can sense when things aren’t right. Arthritis can cause both physical and behavioural changes and our simple online assessment will help you determine whether your dog might benefit from a vet visit for diagnosis and treatment. It involves answering a few questions about your dog and then we’ll send you a report that can help you have an informed chat with your vet.

What are the symptoms of arthritis pain in dogs?

Many of us believe our dogs can understand us but unfortunately we can’t ask them how they’re feeling. It’s up to us to spot changes in their behaviour which can sometimes be quite subtle. For example, your dog may still want to go for a walk despite having advanced joint problems and pain. Here’s what you should be looking out for: 

  • Trouble walking or running
  • Limping
  • Moving slower than normal
  • Appearing stiff when first getting up
  • Reluctance to play
  • Restless at night
  • Difficulty with stairs or jumping 
  • Repeatedly licking joints
  • Quietness or grumpiness

What do I do next?

If you recognise one or more of these symptoms/behaviours, it might be arthritis pain. Take our online assessment and take your dog to the vet for a full clinical examination. There are novel therapies that can help to manage the pain and let your dog live its best life.

My dog has already been diagnosed with arthritis

Pain management is advancing all the time. If your dog has already been diagnosed with arthritis then it’s a good idea to continue monitoring their treatment. Get in touch with your vet who will be able to recommend the best course of action available.

1. Wright A, Amodie DM, Cernicchiaro N, et al. Identification of canine osteoarthritis using an owner-reported questionnaire and treatment monitoring using functional mobility tests. The Journal of small animal practice 2022