How do I know my dog has arthritis?

by Alex De Cort on Apr 11, 2021

artritis en perros, old and anxious dog with difficulties getting up laying down with pain in his eyes

Arthritis is common in dogs, especially as they age. The main symptoms of arthritis in dogs are:

Unwillingness to move: If you notice your dog prefers not getting up, it might be because he wants to avoid the pain it brings. 
The pain will make them stop wanting to play the games they used to love, or cause them trouble going up and down the stairs. Easing that pain can give your dog a new found appetite for life and adventure.  

Limping: If your dog walks differently, it might be due to arthritis. The pain will cause them to move with less ease than they used to.  

Stiffness: Especially after lying down, a dog who suffers from arthritis will feel very stiff.  

Crying out loud: A dog will express its pain by whining or whimpering. Especially when touched this pain can arise, as arthritis will make some areas over-sensitive.  

Lack of enthusiasm: Dogs in pain like to be left alone. They will become reluctant to play, and lack enthusiasm when you call them. 

Licking their "wounds": Often when a spot hurts, dogs will try to take care of themselves by licking sore spots.  

Being exhausted: Being in pain all the time is exhausting. Hence, dogs with arthritis will be tired more often throughout the day.  
What can I do?  
Unfortunately, arthritis can not be cured. To help your dog you can watch its diet, as overweight dogs tend to suffer more from arthritis than others. Some dogs are stronger than others and can live a happy life without any further treatment. You can help ease your dog's pain by making their lives a little easier, such as carrying them up stairs, lifting them into your car and giving them raised food bowls. There are also specific orthopaedic dog beds that can add to their comfort.