Dog Osteoarthritis: Signs & Checklist

This post is sponsored by Zoetis Petcare, however all opinions are my own.

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month and I’m so happy to be partnering with Zoetis Petcare to bring awareness to dog osteoarthritis (OA) pain, share their checklist so that pet owners are able to identify the signs, and encourage you to communicate with your vet if you notice something is wrong.

What is dog osteoarthritis?

In general, osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease) is a painful, progressive condition caused by the wear and tear of cartilage and other parts of the joints. This condition may result in physical and emotional changes in dogs, which in turn may have a significant impact on their caretakers.

My fluff ball, Wolfie, is a Samoyed and he’s only a little over a year old. Since dog osteoarthritis is more prevalent in larger breeds, I was definitely interested in checking all the signs as his health and wellbeing is one of my top priorities. Psst, Samoyeds are considered large breed, if you couldn’t already tell by his size πŸ˜‚. Unfortunately, dog osteoarthritis affects 37% of dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds1. While there is no cure, the pain can be managed, which is why identifying the signs early on is key.

What are some of the signs of dog osteoarthritis?

Identifying signs and knowing when to bring concerns to a vet is so important. I unfortunately went through a lot of emotional stress and heartache last year when my bunny, Gunner, got ill very quickly and passed away shortly after. While his medical condition was not OA related, I’ve learned that it’s crucial to seek help immediately if something appears off. This way you can get ahead of the issue and work on managing it quickly.

Signs of dog osteoarthritis include:

  • limping or lameness
  • decreased activity or exercise
  • stiffness or decreased movement of joints
  • sadness or depression
  • drop in energy levels
  • difficulty standing after laying down
  • reluctancy to jump onto surfaces/climb stairs

Zoetis Petcare’s dog osteoarthritis checklist

Like humans, dogs sometimes hide signs of pain. It’s important to check in and be aware if anything seems different. While OA impacts dogs physically, it also has a huge emotional strain on them and us! We, as pawrents, suffer 10x more knowing our pet is in pain and will do anything we can to relieve them of it and get better.

Zoetis Petcare developed a dog osteoarthritis checklist that will help your veterinarian determine if your dog may be exhibiting OA signs. The checklist is user-friendly, short, and to the point. You can access it on a computer or mobile device and send the results right to your email or printer in minutes!

I highly suggest completing the checklist and sharing the results with your vet if you feel your dog is exhibiting any signs mentioned. Early diagnosis can lead to better pain management and care for your dog, allowing them to get back to their playful, loveable selves!

Peace of mind

While you may not see any signs or symptoms right now, completing the canine OA Checklist from Zoetis Petcare will help give you a peace of mind! Plus, having the right tools to detect any of the signs of dog osteoarthritis is now in your arsenal πŸ™‚

I’m super thankful this little nugget is not exhibiting any concerning signs and is still his playful, goofy self.

I encourage you to join me in spreading awareness of dog osteoarthritis signs so that pet owners can know what to look out for and take action if needed!

1 Wright, A., Amodie, D., Cernicchiaro, N., Lascelles, B. and Pavlock, A., 2019. PVM1 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT RATES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS IN DOGS USING A HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT(HRA) OR HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS IN GENERAL VETERINARY PRACTICE. Value in Health, 22, p.S387.

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