How To Spot The First Signs of Arthritis in Your Dog

Our dog’s are our best friends and family, you know when they're just not themselves (just like any other member of your family). Some early signs of arthritis are easy to spot, others not so much. If you feel something isn't quite right, it’s important to keep an eye on symptoms, taking note of their severity and how long they last. If you find your dog is suddenly limping, it could just be they’ve over exerted themselves recently during playtime and need to take it easy for a few days.

However, if symptoms such as limping and the ones listed below last a little longer, you could be looking at the early signs of arthritis or other joint conditions.

So, let's take a look at some of the early common signs of arthritis.

Slowing Down On Walks

Not all dogs are leaders of the pack, some naturally prefer to live life in the slow lane, and really “walkies” should be re-named “sniffies”. But, even if your dog prefers life in the slow lane, if you find them slowing down mid-walk for longer than they normally would, this could be a sign they are struggling with something. With other dog's it's far easier to see if they're taking it a little easier on their walks.

Lameness and Limping

As well as slowing down, both limping and lameness are common early signs of arthritis, it can quickly become easy to see but the early stages might not be apparent so quickly. If you’re finding your dog is slowing down, keep an eye on how they are walking to see if you notice any lameness or changing in walking pattern (leaving a leg out of their walking pattern).

Discomfort Touching The Joints Affected

If you do spot any limping or lameness, you can softly touch the leg/joint and see if your dog shows any signs of discomfort. It’s important to do this gently and when your dog is relaxed and calm. If they appear uncomfortable or resist you touching certain legs/joints, it’s a good idea to get them checked out.

Less Interest In Going On Walks

If you find the term “walkies” doesn’t spark the usual joy and you spot other symptoms listed above then this can also be a good indicator that something isn’t quite right.

What can cause arthritis in dogs?

Arthritis commonly affects older dogs and is caused by wear and tear on the joints over time. Conditions such as hip dysplasia, can cause arthritis. Whilst any breed can get these conditions, it is most common in certain breeds such as: Labradors, German Shepherds, Golden Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog, and others.

Arthritis can also be caused from too little or too much exercise when puppies are developing.

Can arthritis be prevented?

You cannot prevent age-related arthritis, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk and severity of symptoms.

Regular Exercise

Ensuring your dog gets enough regular exercise is important for a variety of reasons. Inactivity can lead to a variety of health concerns, including arthritis. Regular exercise increases strength, flexibility, and reduces joint pain.

How Can Collagen Help?

Collagen is a protein that is found in skin and connective tissues like joints, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments. However, as time goes by collagen production is slowed and can leave dogs more prone to injuries and conditions affecting their bones and joints, such as arthritis.

Although the loss of collagen is natural, it is possible to help the stimulation of new collagen growth (as well as protecting any that is left).

Supplements, such as ‘Collar-gen’ by Pawable feature 100% natural collagen and can help rebuild and protect collagen levels, helping reduce our dog's chance of injury and developing arthritis.

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