Older dogs, large breeds, and overweight dogs are all prone to arthritis, a joint disease that results in pain, inflammation, decreased range of motion, and the development of bone spurs. While any joint in the body can develop osteoarthritis, the condition most commonly affects the limbs and lower spine.
Symptoms are not often apparent until the affected joint is badly damaged, and some dogs can be very stoic, hiding their pain. It’s important to monitor middle aged and senior dogs for signs of stiffness, wincing when touched, and difficulty posturing to eliminate the bowels. Veterinarians can help develop a treatment plan to alleviate pain and foster mobility, and the animal health industry is actively researching therapies that address the root causes of canine arthritis.