Is your dog slowing down

If your dog is slowing down, it may be because of pain from arthritis. Arthritis is inflammation
of one or more joints. This causes pain, which can often be severe and affected dogs are less
willing to move these painful joints.

Most dogs do not show obvious sogns of pain, but you may notice any of the following changes in
behavour:
Slower to get up after lying down.
Stiffness, especially in the mroning or after exercise.
Difficulty jumping, e.g. into the car
Reduced stamina.
Not so keen to exercise.
Lameness – walking or running awkwardly.
Difficulty with stairs
Tired earlier on walk.

Arthritis is common in dogs and can occur at any age, even when quite young. Once it has started,
arthritis will be present for the rest of the dogs life.

How can you help your dog?

You are the best person to spot if your dog is developing arthritis. If you think your dog might be
effected, consult your vet, who will be able to tell you if arthritis is present and can also
advise you how to care for your dog.

Although arthritis is there for the rest of your dogs life, with the right care and treatment your
dog may not only feel better, but can also benefit from a slow down in the progress of arthritis.

Do please keep an eye out for any warning signs.

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