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Arthritis & your dog

Arthritis & your dog

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Just as in humans, arthritis is a condition that can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in joints.

There are several causes; sometimes arthritis may be a result of an old injury (for instance a road traffic accident), or the joint may become damaged simply through wear and tear because of old age.

In fact, many older dogs suffer from arthritis, and vets consider all dogs over the age of seven to be older.

In dogs, the most commonly affected joints are the knees, elbows, hips and backbone.

Diagnosis

Although arthritis is usually associated with pain and stiffness in the joints, it is often only after the pain has been relieved, and your dog has renewed mobility, that you may come to realise just how stiff he/she had become.

If you have noticed any of the changes below in your dog, you should consult your vet or vet nurse for advice and consider arranging a check up.

1. Have you noticed a reduction in you dog's mobility?

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2. Have you noticed a reduction in your dog's activity?

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3. Have you noticed changes in grooming habits?

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4. Have there been any changes in your dog's temperament?

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