If your dog could talk, would he tell you he is in pain?
In the wild canine world, it is a matter of survival to be good at hiding pain as the weak, sick or injured quickly become prey. This is an instinct that our highly domesticated canine pals have not lost.
One of the most painful conditions our dogs can have is arthritis and unfortunately it is one of the conditions which often goes undetected for a long time.
Have you seen any of these warning signs?
- Reluctance or difficulty jumping on to the bed or couch, climbing stairs or difficulty jumping in to our out of the car
- Hesitant getting out of bed, or stiffness especially in the morning
- Difficulty getting up or laying down, slower to respond to sit or lay down commands
- Reluctance to exercise
- Sleeping or resting more often
- General lethargy
- Diminished muscle loss over the spine, hind legs and shoulders
- Less excitement when greeting you or friends and family
Luckily, there are lots of ways we can ease the pain for your dog and help them on their way to a happier, more comfortable life.
If you suspect your dog is suffering from arthritis, please give us a call to arrange an arthritis check up.