Unfortunately, like humans, dogs can get arthritis - and with the cold weather approaching it may tend to act up more now than it would when it’s warm. Dogs over their lifetime experience wear and tear on their legs just like we do, and over time it can become an actual medical condition. According to Pet WebMD there are two types of joint problems, developmental and degenerative.
Developmental = “hip or elbow dysplasia where the joint does not develop correctly in a number of different ways”
Degenerative = “can cover a number of areas, but the most common is cruciate ligament problems which is when the ligament is degenerating over time and causing instability and secondary osteoarthritis”
Some breeds can be prone to this, such as “Newfoundlands, Rottweilers and Bernese Mountain dogs” according to Pet WebMD. So normally, larger dogs end up with this problems because they weigh more which means they are putting more weight on their support… which is their legs.
Signs according to Pet WebMD to look for are:
- “problems getting up on the couch, going up the stairs, or getting into a larger vehicle, such as an SUV or truck”
- “athletic dogs may have trouble running for longer than normal”
- “don’t want to play as long at the dog park”
- “as well as holding up the limb, otherwise known as lameness”
Even though this is a problem in dogs, there are treatments available for this problem. Rimadyl is a popular analgesic which can ease the pain and give your dog more years and mobility. On the extreme side is surgery. If you think your pet could be suffering from this problem, get them to the vet before it becomes worse; catch it early on.