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Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

February 1 2017

Is your canine pal getting along in years? Is Fido starting to slow down, or becoming more interested in naps than playtime? Dogs all age at different rates, but unfortunately, they do get old much faster than we do. Arthritis is a very common issue among older pooches. While some breeds are more prone to developing arthritis than others are, any dog can be afflicted. In this article, a Cherry Hill, NJ vet lists some of the key warning signs of arthritis.


Limping is a very common sign of arthritis in pets. At first, Fido may only limp for a few moments when he gets up, and the limp may go away as he gets moving and warmed up. Over time, however, the limp will become more pronounced.

Trouble Getting Up Or Down

Young dogs often happily plop down for belly rubs, and can spring up from a dead sleep at the sound of a cheese wrapper opening. Older pooches, however, often have to stand up or get down slowly. If your pet seems to be having difficulty getting up or down, he may be developing arthritis.


If you see Fido licking or biting continually at his paws or legs, he may be reacting to pain. This can be another early sign of arthritis.

Less Activity

Dogs are very playful and, well, bouncy, when they’re young. While it’s natural for Fido to slow down with age, a sudden, sharp decline in your pet’s playfulness can be an indication of arthritis. If you notice that your canine buddy is losing interest in his toys, he may be developing bone/joint issues.

Trouble Climbing

Dogs with arthritis also often have trouble climbing stairs, getting in and out of cars, or getting on and off the couch or bed. If your canine friend is having a hard time with these things, he may be developing arthritis.


If you know or suspect that your four-legged pal is developing arthritis, contact your vet. Although bone/joint disorders cannot be cured, they can be managed. Modern veterinary medicine offers many options that can help reduce your furry buddy’s pain, and increase his mobility. You’ll also want to get specific recommendations for Fido’s care, diet, and activity requirements.

Does your dog have any of these symptoms? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Cherry Hill, NJ pet clinic, anytime.

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