Arthritis is a common condition in older dogs. At first, though, owners may not always realise when their dog is suffering. That’s because dogs tend to hide discomfort and pain from their pack.
Signs that your dog may be suffering from arthritis include:
- Difficulty sitting or standing
- Sleeping more
- Weight gain
- Reluctance to jump, run, walk or climb stairs
- Decreased interest in playing or engaging in activities
- Being less alert
- Favouring a limb
- Changes in attitude or behaviour
One day in 2011, Daisy let me know something was wrong. We were out walking and she slowed down and stopped and the look in her eyes was one of pain. She had finally let me know that she wasn’t feeling herself.
A series of x-rays confirmed arthritis in her lumbosacral spine and left hip.
Since then, she has responded to rest, conventional treatments, hydrotherapy, and other complementary therapies including my massage and laser treatments.
Quality of life for an arthritis sufferer can be attained – once the owner is aware of the problem!