Canine Arthritis in Senior Dogs

Arthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, although can develop at any stage of life, is more common in older dogs. With early diagnosis and treatment, you can give your geriatric dog the love and care they deserve at the right time. Here are some common symptoms for arthritis to look out for:

  1. Behavioural changes – Dogs are very good at hiding pain, especially when they are in their golden years and the ‘pain’ is a general discomfort experienced during movement. A decrease in the levels of playfulness can also be an indicator of weak bones and joints.
  2. Loss of appetite – If your pet is in pain, he/she is less likely to enjoy the meal they once gobbled off the plate. Make sure you see a veterinarian about the change in appetite as soon as possible.
  3. Uneasiness – If you notice your dog shifting and repositioning a lot during his rest phase, it might be a sign of painful joints which could mean canine arthritis.
  4. Decreased mobility – Think your dog has become lethargic of late? It might not be because of the fatigue but weak bones or joints.
  5. Physical pain – If your senior dog cries out or whimpers while walking or when you pet them, it might be a sign of canine arthritis and should not be ignored.

A practicing vet would correctly diagnose and provide medication for the various pains and symptoms experienced by your geriatric canine friend. For more information on canine arthritis, get in touch with the expert vets at Ambassador Animal Hospital at 519-971-3100 or mail your questions at