Signs of dog arthritis?


What are the signs of pet arthritis?


Signs of arthritis in pets include reluctance to walk or jump, difficulty playing or doing stairs, and trouble rising from a resting position. Limping and crying out in pain may occur. Vague signs can be noticed, such as lack of appetite and restlessness.

The diagnosis of arthritis starts with a thorough physical and orthopedic exam by your vet. After blood work is performed, another exam and X-rays under sedation or anesthesia may be recommended. More advanced testing includes taking a fluid sample from the joint with a syringe and needle (“joint tap”). It could then be sent to the lab for analysis.