•Reluctance to walk, run, climb stairs, jump, or play
•Difficulty in rising from a resting position
•Soreness when touched
•Excessive licking of a joint or leg
•Lagging behind on walks
•Avoiding activities they used to enjoy
•Change in eating habits
•Behavioral changes: withdrawal or aggressive behavior
- Supplements and diets :
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can be used to help improve joint mobility and support better joint functioning for dogs with arthritis.
Good quality Senior Adult Food helps keep pets in a health weight range and decreases stress on the joints
Adequan (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) injections helps prevent the cartilage in your dog’s joint from wearing away. So it keeps the existing cartilage healthy and intact.
NSAIDS( non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) helps decrease the inflammation of surrounding tissue of the joints. Examples are Metacam and Previcox
- Laser therapy:
Companion laser therapy is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment that decreases inflammation and helps increase mobility.