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Does my dog have arthritis?

18 December 2017

Does my dog have arthritis?

Is your dog suffering from joint stiffness? Do they have difficulty getting out of bed? Maybe they're favouring a leg or unwilling to play? Your dog may be suffering from arthritis.

Even younger dogs can suffer from arthritis which can cause pain in their joints. Symptoms to look out for are:

Difficulty moving

The easy run becomes a stiff walk; the jump to a favourite chair is no longer possible; lying down is accompanied by a deep groan. As dogs age, the things that were once second nature become a massive effort. 

Limping

You may see your pet limping or favouring one or more of their legs. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and becomes less noticeable as your pet begins moving around.

Spinal issues

Arthritic changes can occur not only in their legs but also in the various parts of the spine. These changes may result in a sore neck, an abnormal posture with a hunch in their back, or lameness of one, or both hind legs.

Tiredness

If your dog has arthritis they might also tire more easily. This may mean that walks become shorter and more painful and your dog might spend more time sleeping and/or resting.

Muscle atrophy

Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles. A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than normal.

Licking, chewing & biting

Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at areas on their body which are painful. This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.

If you’re unsure, take your dog to the vet. Otherwise Artevite is a great natural supplement to help manage your dog’s joint problems. It helps maintain normal healthy function, flexibility and mobility in stiff, and worn or damaged joints. By using Artevite regularly, you can support and maintain your dog’s long-term joint health.

Try Artevite today and watch your dog’s mood and mobility improve.