Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

As our dogs age, they start to slow down, often playing less and sleeping more. Although this might seem normal for an aging canine, arthritis could be to blame.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?

  • Difficulty climbing stairs, walking, running or jumping
  • Reluctance to play
  • Lameness, limping or moving with an altered gait
  • Stiffness or slowness in rising from a resting position
  • Soreness upon being touched
  • Frequent yelping/whimpering or lack of vocalization
  • Excessive licking of a joint or leg
  • Behavioural changes, such as withdrawal or aggression
  • Change in normal eating habits

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which can cause pain and/or swelling. There are many reasons a dog can have arthritis, such as from cartilage issues, injury to ligaments, or joint instability, to name a few.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

Many different therapy options are available, depending on the severity of your dog’s arthritis. Our veterinarians can discuss which options are best for you to manage your dog’s pain, which may include laser therapy, supplements, or NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory medication).

Can I give my dog Aspirin?

Aspirin is a drug that is not approved for use in animals and can be contraindicated with other medications, especially those that are anti-inflammatory. Before using any over-the-counter medications for your dog, please be sure to talk to our veterinary team.