I Missed the Early Signs of Arthritis In My Dog


I missed the early signs of arthritis in my dog. She was diagnosed with arthritis at the age of 3, and to say I was a bit shocked is an understatement.

The signs had been there all along, but I wasn’t putting them together. I just assumed they were just regular age-related issues.

When you live with a dog every day it’s easy to miss some changes, and when it comes to arthritis many times those changes are just attributed to aging.

But when it comes to arthritis in dogs there are some specific things to look out for. This article goes over the early signs of arthritis in dogs, including all the ones I ended up missing.

I Missed The Early Signs of Arthritis in My Dog

80% of dogs 8 years of age and older are affected by arthritis. But since my dog is young never crossed my mind. She loves playing & running, she doesn’t limp, and she certainly doesn’t just lay around. If I were to go grab a frisbee right now I guarantee she’d leap to her feet and be ready to go. She’s a 3-year-old dog in decent shape; arthritis was the furthest thing from my mind.

Laika’s been slower to rise in the morning for months, and I assumed it was just part of aging. She can be a fussy dog, so when she was pulling her legs away during grooming I blamed it on her bad mood. When she started getting out of a bed a little slower than usual I didn’t find it too odd. I get out of bed a lot slower than I used to as well.

But unfortunately, dogs can’t tell us what’s wrong, so it’s up to us to notice those symptoms. Laika was still active, and she’d been participating in all of our normal daily physical exercises. She wasn’t showing any real signs of pain, and she wasn’t showing any obvious signs of wanting to slow down.

But unfortunately, she was in pain. She’s had arthritis for a while and I didn’t catch any of the signs. I wrote this article for anyone who suspects their dog might have arthritis because as I found out those early symptoms are easy to miss (or write off as being unrelated).

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