Did you know that joint problem is common in many dogs?
The most commonly affected areas are the elbows and the hips, and the joint problem can range from dog arthritis to hip dysplasia. Joint problem also varies in severity and degree – from mild and unnoticeable to debilitating and life-altering. Not only is joint problem a source of pain and discomfort, it can also hinder a lot of daily activities such as walking, exercising or playing.
If you want to provide your dog a sense of relief, it is important for you to know the signs, symptoms and the details of canine joint problems, so you can work with your vet with developing a sustainable treatment plan. Also, keep in mind that joint problem occurs at different stages of a dog’s life. While some pets may develop joint problem in the first half of their lives, the signs and symptoms may not appear until the latter half of their lives.
Signs of Joint Pain
If your dog is experiencing joint pain, here are some signs that you should watch out for:
- Slow movements
- Difficulty in standing
- Refusal to jump or climb stairs
- Aversion to petting
- Swelling in the joints
- Aggressiveness and bad temper
Causes of Joint Pain
There are many ways a dog can get joint pain, but it can be generally classified into the following categories:
- Ligament, tendon, or muscle disease such as ruptured anterior cruciate ligament
- Fractures involving the joint
- Developmental disorders such as hip or elbow dysplasia
- Congenital disorders such as luxated patella or Wobbler’s syndrome
- Dietary and hormonal disease such as obesity
- Metabolic disorders such as hemophilia
- Inflammatory joint disease such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Degenerative spinal joint disease such as intervertebral disc disease
Once you spot the telltale signs, it is important for you to take your dog to a veterinarian to properly identify the root cause of the joint pain. This is crucial in the development of a treatment plan that will help your dog regain mobility and strength.