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Arthritis Symptoms Checklist


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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Older dog Osteoarthritis is common in older dogs, but can occur at any age. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from this uncomfortable disease, make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately.

Sometimes owners, in the stress of the moment, forget to tell their veterinarian relevant information about their pets. Here is a handy checklist to bring with you to your next veterinary appointment. Check the box beside the symptom if you have observed it in your dog.

Check which symptoms your dog exhibits:
Limps after exercise
Is reluctant to jump into the vehicle
Doesn't want to go for a walk, walks slower, or not as far
Stiff, particularly after getting up from resting for a while
Rests more often
Seems to be in pain during cold weather
Is reluctant to climb or descend stairs
Won't jump on sofa or bed anymore
Has lost interest in food
Does not want to sit or stand - would rather lie down
Bites at certain joints on leg
Seems "depressed"
Is uncomfortable when touched, especially on hips or tail area
Does not seem comfortable when squatting to eliminate waste

Once you have completed the checklist, print it and take it to your veterinarian so you can discuss the results together. In the event your veterinarian decides to prescribe medication for your dog, you may want to print off our Prescription Authorization Form and bookmark the information on how to order a prescription at Drs. Foster and Smith's Licensed Pharmacy, where you can save on all of your faithful friends' prescriptions.

Be sure to let your veterinarian know about any medications or supplements your dog is currently taking, including aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Rimadyl. Some medications or supplements may interact in potentially harmful ways; your veterinarian can make the best recommendation for your dog.

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