Veterinary Services

Pet Arthritis
For Dogs

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Signs your dog may have arthritis:


Difficulty getting up, sitting down, or trouble squatting to urinate/defecate

Muscle Atrophy

Licking or chewing at the source of pain


Behavioral changes like decrease appetite, suddenly irritable, accidents in the house

Can’t seem to get comfortable


How to Create a Comfortable Environment for your Arthritic Dog

  • Go for daily walks: after laying down for a while, your pet may get stiff and achy, taking them on a short walk each day will help keep those joints warmed up and not so stiff. It will also help keep those extra pounds off, which is a huge cause of arthritic progression.
  • Healthy diet: Don’t overfeed! This also plays into your pet being overweight & having too much pressure on those joints.
  • Incorporating omegas in your pets food may help reduce inflammation and results in some joint pain relief.
  • Swim! This is a great way to keep the pressure off their joints, but also allowing them to move & get some exercise.
  • Massage
  • Raising water and food bowls can reduce strain in the neck or back of an arthritic dog; some arthritic dogs may not eat or drink as much as they should without this sort of accommodation.
  • Put carpet runners on hardwood floors. Try to prevent your dog from slipping, as this creates unwanted stress on the entire body.
  • Provide a soft, supportive bed.
  • Keep nails trimmed. If nails are too long they can change the gait on the dog, causing skeletal changes and arthritis in the foot/toes.
  • Use a ramp where needed (for helping your dog get in and out of the car, on to your bed or sofa, etc.). This will reduce strain on his knees and hips.
  • If your dog is having trouble getting up or walking on his own, check out slings, rear-end harnesses, wheelchairs, or carts to help keep him moving.