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Symptoms: How to recognize osteoarthritis in the dog


The earlier arthrosis is treated in dogs, the more favorable the course of the disease. If you discover the first symptoms of joint wear in your darling, you should therefore consult a veterinarian. But how does the disease express itself? Osteoarthritis in the dog: Symptoms show up among other things through stiffness of the joints - Image: Shutterstock / Inna Astakhova

Osteoarthritis in dogs usually develops gradually over a long period of time. Even if the joint wear occurs mainly in older dogs, whose joints wear down over the years, young dogs are in no way immune from illness.

Symptoms of dog arthrosis

If your dog looks a bit stiff, paralyzed or can hardly stand up, these may be the first symptoms of osteoarthritis. Due to the changes in the joints, your four-legged friend loses mobility. Movements that your dog could always make effortlessly can be significantly impaired by osteoarthritis. This is particularly evident in activities where the joints are particularly challenged, such as climbing stairs or jumping over obstacles.

Joints can swell

The affected joints can also be swollen, which further limits your darling's mobility. He may then change the lying position more often to relieve the affected joint and reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis in the dog. This is particularly the case if your four-legged friend also suffers from joint inflammation, also called arthritis.

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Where does arthrosis occur in dogs?

In principle, osteoarthritis can affect all the joints of your loyal friend, so that the symptoms can be observed on different parts of the body. However, the joints that are exposed to the greatest stress are most often affected. This includes the joints on the legs such as the knees and elbows that support the body weight. The hip joints also have to endure high loads and are therefore among the joints in which arthrosis occurs particularly frequently in dogs.

Have your vet examine symptoms

If you find typical symptoms of osteoarthritis in your darling, you should definitely have this examined by a veterinarian. With the right treatment, he can not only alleviate existing complaints, but also prescribe preventive measures to counteract worsening of the disease. Check with your veterinarian about the right diet for your dog with joint problems. You can find a first overview in our guide "If the dog has osteoarthritis: suitable dog food".